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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: March 28, 2024

Freely Review

Updated: March 28, 2024

Our Verdict

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Freely wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars

This range of food lists good quality animal protein as the first ingredient.  Protein content is high and carbohydrate low and each recipe is rich in fat and moisture.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Contains animal protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
Cons
  • Contains plant based protein
  • Expensive
  • Not a complete and balanced food

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

The Freely product line includes three wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Grain-free wet rabbit recipe for cats 4 U
Grain-free wet turkey recipe for cats 4.5 U
Grain-free wet salmon recipe for cats 4.5 U

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Freely Grain-free Wet Rabbit Recipe for Cats 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.

Freely Grain-free Wet Rabbit Recipe for Cats

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

45.5%

Protein

18.2%

Fat

28.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Rabbit, water, rabbit liver, peas, natural flavors, sunflower oil, guar gum, salmon oil, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, salt, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin, i-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin a supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, potassium iodide).


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

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Ingredients Analysis

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

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

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

The third ingredient is rabbit liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is peas which are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The fifth ingredient is natural flavors. Natural flavors doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this cat food for flavoring purposes. 

We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients. Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats.

The sixth ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils. 

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is guar gum, which is a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

The eighth ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon 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, salmon 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.

Recipe star rating 4.5

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Freely Grain-free Wet Rabbit Recipe for Cats looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45.5%, a fat level of 18.2% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.4%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 42.4% and an above-average fat level of 25.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23.8% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 61%.

This means the Freely range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Freely wet range of food provides a high protein diet option, which is predominantly derived from animal protein.  It is an expensive food, but it is good.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Freely cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Freely has not had a product recall.

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About

Freely was founded in 2019 by Reed Howlett and has its headquarters in Brentwood, Missouri.

All products are made in the United States.

Sources

1: [1. Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the definition of meat published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (2008)].

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