Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: November 2, 2023

Farmina N&D Pumpkin Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: November 2, 2023

Our Verdict


Highly Recommended

Farmina N&D Pumpkin canned cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars.

This range features good quality protein sources, as every recipe lists meat as the first two ingredients.  It is made with high moisture levels and is low in carbohydrates.  These recipes are well balanced and high quality.

  • Good quality protein sources
  • High in protein
  • No plant based protein used
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Expensive versus other cat foods

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

The Farmina N&D Pumpkin wet product line includes six cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Wild Boar, Pumpkin and Apple 5 M
Chicken, Pumpkin and Pomegranate 5 M
Duck and Pumpkin 5 M
Lamb, Pumpkin and Blueberry 5 M
Quail and Pumpkin 5 M
Venison and Pumpkin 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Farmina N&D Pumpkin – Duck and Pumpkin 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 - Duck and Pumpkin recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Duck fillet, chicken fillet, chicken drumstick, pumpkin, fish oil, animal fat, fructo-oligosaccharides, chondroitin sulphate, glucosamine, vitamins, minerals, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, choline chloride, 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, taurine, l-carnitine

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is duck fillet.  Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”. 1

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

The second and third ingredient is chicken fillet and chicken drumstick.  Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 2

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

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

The fifth ingredient is fish oil.  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.

The sixth ingredient is animal fat.  Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from just about anywhere: salvaged roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, even dead, diseased, or dying cattle.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

The seventh and eighth ingredients are fructo-oligosaccharides and  chondroitin sulfate.  This recipe contains an alternative sweetener 3 probably used here as a prebiotic.  Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

Chondroitin sulfate is a natural substance believed to support joint health.

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 5

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Farmina N&D Pumpkin – Duck and Pumpkin recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 52%, a fat level of 16.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 23.2%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 50.7% and an above-average fat level of 18.9%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 38%.

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 wet cat food.

Final Word

This is a high-quality range of cat food with protein meat sources listed as the first two ingredients. It is high in moisture and low in carbohydrates. These recipes deliver a high quality balanced meal.

The Cat Food Advisor highly recommends this range.

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 from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition

2: Association of American Feed Control Officials

3: Wikipedia definition

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