Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: April 15, 2024

Farmina VetLife Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: April 15, 2024

Our Verdict



Farmina VetLife canned cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars

This range of recipes have been created to help cats with specific ailments and contains good quality meat protein sources.

This food is scientifically formulated to give your cat the nutrition it needs to support its particular health requirements.  They are formulated as dietetic foods, so are for particular dietary needs.

  • Scientifically formulated
  • Targets specific cat ailments
  • High quality meat protein content
  • Meat is listed as the first ingredient in every recipe
  • Some recipes include plant based protein
  • Expensive versus other wet cat foods

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

The Farmina VetLife product line includes four cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Convalescence 4 M
Gastrointestinal 4 M
Struvite 4 M
Renal 4 M

Save up to 35%

with Autoship
See discount in cart

Recipe and Label Analysis

Farmina VetLife Convalescence 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 VetLife Convalescence recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Chicken fillet, hydrolysed fish protein, chicken liver, sweet potato, fish (sardine, tuna), chicken fat, fish oil, quinoa seed extracted, eggs liquid yolk, calcium carbonate, linseed, potassium chloride, calcium sulphate dihydrate, sodium chloride, inulin, yeast extract (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), pea fiber, dried brewers’ yeast, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidigera, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, 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), iodine (calcium iodate anhydrous), taurine, green tea extract, powder cellulose

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.3%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

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

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

The second ingredient is hydrolyzed fish protein.  Hydrolyzed fish protein is considered a protein concentrate.  Being hydrolyzed means that the fish has been chemically broken-down into its component amino acids.  Hydrolyzed proteins are considered hypoallergenic as they are not identifiable by the body to trigger allergy reactions.

The third ingredient is chicken liverThis is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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

The fifth ingredient is fish (sardine, tuna).  Fish  is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations. 2

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

Tuna is an oily marine fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

Sardine is a small, oily marine fish which is nutrient rich, high in protein and is a source of omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

The sixth 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.

The seventh 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 dogs and humans. 

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

The eighth ingredient is quinoa seed extracted.  Quinoa (pronounced ) is not a true cereal grain but a plant prized for its gluten-free seeds.

Compared to most other grain-type ingredients, it is high in protein (about 12-18%), dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.

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

Save up to 35%

with Autoship
See discount in cart

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Farmina VetLife Convalescence recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45.2%, a fat level of 22.6% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 24.3%.

As a group, the brand features a near-average protein content of 37% and an above-average fat level of 23.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 66%.

This means this Farmina VetLife range contains near-average protein, near-average carbohydrate, higher than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Farmina VetLife dry recipes are made with precise formulations to address specific medical issues and for this reason veterinary authorization is required to ensure your pet’s health is monitored whilst they are on the diet.  Therefore, you will need a valid prescription before you can buy this food.

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.

To stay on top of any cat food product recalls, sign up for our free email alerts, here.


Francesco Russo founded the Russo Mangimi company in 1965 specializing in animal nutrition.  In 1999, the company’s focus shifted to the pet food industry with a new perspective of developing foods based on scientific studies focused on the well-being of pets.

The Mangimi company started to collaborate with Farmina, an English company specializing in food research and formulation. 

Mangima manufacturing facilities are based in Europe and Farmina foods are mostly sourced from Italy.  Some ingredients are sourced from Europe and New Zealand.


1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

We uphold the highest editorial standards when creating the authoritative content pet parents rely on and trust.

Every piece of clinical content on the Cat Food Advisor is reviewed by our certified Veterinary Advisory Board, which consists of licensed veterinarians and medically certified specialists.

Our reviews are completely independent; we are not paid by any pet food company to promote their products favorably. We do not accept money, gifts, samples or other incentives in exchange for special consideration. For more information see our Disclaimer & Disclosure page.

Vet with cat