Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: June 4, 2024

Farmina N&D Pumpkin (Dry) Review

Updated: June 4, 2024

Our Verdict



Farmina N&D Pumpkin dry product range is made of five recipes which all receive the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars.

This range provides a high level of protein from good quality meat sources listed as the first ingredient. N&D Pumpkin are low in carbohydrates and are formulated specifically to help treat constipation and hairball-prone cats.

  • Contains high protein which is from animal sources
  • Contains functional fiber
  • Relatively low carbohydrate content compared to other dry foods
  • Expensive versus other dry cat foods
  • Low moisture levels

The table below shows each recipe in the range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Farmina N&D PumpkinQuail, Pumpkin and Pomegranate Recipe 4.5 M
Farmina N&D PumpkinVenison, Pumpkin and Apple Recipe 4.5 M
Farmina N&D PumpkinDuck, Pumpkin and Cantaloupe Melon 4.5 M
Farmina N&D PumpkinLamb, Pumpkin and Blueberry - Neutered Adult recipe 4.5 M
Farmina N&D PumpkinQuail, Pumpkin and Pomegranate - Neutered Adult recipe 4.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Farmina N&D Pumpkin – Lamb, Pumpkin and Blueberry – Neutered Adult recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.


Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Farmina N&D Pumpkin - Lamb, Pumpkin and Blueberry - Neutered Adult recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Lamb, dehydrated lamb protein, sweet potato, dehydrated herring protein, dried pumpkin, dried eggs, chicken fat, fish oil (from herring), dried beet pulp, dried carrot, alfalfa meal, inulin, fructo-oligosaccharides, yeast extract (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), dried blueberry, dried pomegranate, dried spinach, psyllium husks and seeds, dried sweet orange, dried apple, sodium chloride, dried brewers yeast, turmeric, aloe vera extract, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, vitamin C, niacin, calcium D-pantothenate, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B12, choline chloride, beta-carotene, zinc (zinc chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine), manganese (manganese chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine), iron [iron(ii) chelate of glycine hydrate], copper (copper chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine), dl-methionine, technically pure 5000mg; taurine 5000mg; l- carnitine, green tea extract, rosemary extract, tocopherol extracts from vegetable oils

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is lamb.  Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus. 1

Lamb is naturally rich in all 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is dehydrated lamb protein.  Dehydrated lamb is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh lamb.

The third ingredient is sweet potato.  Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a cat food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fourth ingredient is dehydrated herring protein.  Dehydrated herring is considered a meat concentrate and contains significantly more protein than fresh herring.

The fifth ingredient is dried pumpkin.  Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is dried eggs, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat.  Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is fish oil (from herring).  Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to cats and humans. 

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product.

This food also contains chelated minerals that have been chemically attached to protein.  This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods.

Recipe star rating 4.5

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Farmina N&D Pumpkin – Lamb, Pumpkin and Blueberry – Neutered Adult recipe looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 12% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 30%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 48.7% and an above-average fat level of 17.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 37%.

This means this Farmina N&D Pumpkin range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate, higher than average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

This range provides recipe choices which are well balanced and nutritious.  The first ingredient in each recipe is high quality meat, providing a good source of protein.  The carbohydrate level and moisture content is low, whilst protein is high.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this cat food.

Has Farmina cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  To the best of our knowledge, Farmina cat foods has never had a product recall.

You can view a complete list of all cat food recalls since 2021 here.

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In 1965 Francesco Russo founded Russo Mangimi, a company which specialized in animal nutrition.  

In 1999, the company’s focus shifted to the pet food industry – its aim was to develop foods based on scientific studies around pet well-being. It then teamed up with Farmina, an English company, which specialized in food research and formulation. 

Mangimi’s manufacturing facilities are based in Europe and Farmina foods are mostly sourced from Italy.


1: Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition

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