Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 23, 2024

Open Farm Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 23, 2024

Our Verdict

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Open Farm wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor second highest rating, 4.5 stars

Open Farm wet cat food is made from ethically and sustainably sourced meat.  It includes added fruits, vegetables, and coconut oil. 

This food is made in the USA and contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives which have no nutritional benefits to cats.

Pros
  • 100% human-grade ingredients
  • High in single protein source
  • Meats from audited high welfare farms
  • No artificial flavors, colors and preservatives
Cons
  • Limited sizes
  • Cartons are not resealable

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

The product line includes six cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend 4.5 A
Wild-Caught Salmon Rustic Blend 4.5 A
Chicken & Salmon Rustic Blend 4.5 A
Homestead Turkey Rustic Blend 4.5 A
Grass-Fed Beef Rustic Blend 4.5 A
Herring & Mackerel Rustic Blend 4.5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food 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.

Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

38.9%

Protein

33.3%

Fat

19.8%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Humanely raised chicken, chicken bone broth, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, red lentils, agar agar, cranberries, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), chicory root, sunflower oil, coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), salt, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, dried kelp, potassium chloride, dandelion greens, choline chloride, taurine, turmeric


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is humanely raised 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 bone broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, they are a common component in many wet products.

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

The fourth ingredient is carrots which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.The fifth ingredient is spinach.  Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score 2 of 91. 

For cats who are predisposed to oxalate stones, spinach should be avoided, due to its high oxalate content.

The sixth ingredient is red lentilsLentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.  However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

The seventh ingredient is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

The eighth ingredient is cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.  

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.

However, this recipe does contain sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend Wet Cat Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 38.9%, a fat level of 33.3% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 19.8%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 43.5% and above-average fat level of 29.2%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19.3% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 67%.

This means that this Open Farm wet product line contains higher-than-average protein, above-average fat and below-average carbohydrate when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Open Farm wet cat food is an above-average quality wet cat food product and provides cats with a source of Omega 6 fatty acids, due to a single-protein blend of humanely raised chicken and non-GMO dandelion greens.

Has Open Farm cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Open Farm cat food has no known history of product recalls.

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

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About

In 2014, Jacqueline Prehogan founded Open Farm Pet Foods.  The cat food arm of the operation has its headquarters in Canada, and the products are developed and formulated in Canada. However, production takes place over the U.S. border in the state of Minnesota. 

The company is focused on using locally sourced ingredients, and the location of the plant allows easy access to farms that meet their strict animal welfare and quality standards.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

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