Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: June 4, 2024

FreshPet Nature’s Fresh Review

Updated: June 4, 2024

Our Verdict



The PetFresh Nature’s product range is made of one recipe which receives 4.5 stars.

Nature’s Fresh is sustainable food for a healthy pet and planet. The grain-free recipe contains antioxidant-rich vegetables steamed in an eco-friendly kitchen.

  • 100% farm-raised poultry, beef and fish
  • Garden fruits and vegetables
  • Eco-friendly
  • Expensive

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
Freshpet Grain-Free Chicken 4.5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

FreshPet Nature’s Fresh Grain-Free Chicken was selected for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

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

FreshPet Nature’s Fresh Grain Free Chicken

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Chicken, chicken liver, natural flavors, pea protein, carrots, eggs, pea fiber, minerals, vinegar, spinach, salt, vitamins, taurine, beta-carotene, celery powder, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

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

The third 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 fourth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable. Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The fifth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a cat.

The eighth ingredient is vinegar. Vinegar is assumed to be used here to adjust the pH of this recipe which can be related to palatability in cats.

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 recipe receives a 4.5-star rating.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, FreshPet Nature’s Fresh Cat Food looks like an above-average raw product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 51.4%, a fat level of 30% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 10.6%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 58%.

This means the FreshPet Nature’s Fresh product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical fresh cat food.

Final Word

FreshPet Nature’s Fresh is a quality product packed with locally sourced fresh ingredients and preservative free.

Has FreshPet cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, there was a single voluntary recall in 2022 due to potential contamination with salmonella. The product was ‘kitchen home cooked chicken recipe’. The full details can be found on our recall page.

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

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FreshPet was founded in Secaucus, New Jersey, in 2006 by Scott Morris, John Phelps and Cathal Walsh. It opened a factory in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, in 2006 and another in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2013. 


1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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