Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

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Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: May 16, 2024

Primal Pronto Raw Frozen Cat Food Review

Updated: May 16, 2024

Our Verdict


Highly Recommended

Primal Pet Food Raw Frozen Pronto product range is made of five recipes which all receive the Cat Food Advisor highest rating, 5 stars.

This frozen cat food range is made with real, human-grade meat and fish including pork, chicken, and salmon. Recipes are high in protein and free of grain and synthetic vitamins. They also contain organic vegetables.

  • High in protein

  • Human-grade recipes

  • No artificial vitamins or minerals

  • The brand has had a number of recalls

The table below shows each recipe in the range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Primal Pronto Raw Frozen Chicken & Salmon 4 A
Primal Pronto Raw Frozen Pork 4 M
Primal Pronto Raw Frozen Rabbit 4 M
Primal Pronto Raw Frozen Turkey 4 M
Primal Pronto Raw Frozen Venison 4 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Primal Pet Foods Raw Frozen Pronto Pork 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.

Primal Pet Foods Raw Frozen Pronto Pork

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Pork (with ground bone), pork liver, organic kale, organic squash, organic carrots, organic apples, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic broccoli, organic blueberries, organic cranberries, organic parsley, organic apple cider vinegar, montmorillonite clay, dried yeast, fish oil, coconut oil, taurine, cod liver oil, salt, Vitamin E supplement, liquid lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, liquid lactobacillus casei fermentation product, liquid lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, liquid bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, organic ground alfalfa, dried organic kelp

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is pork (with ground bone). Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus. 1

Pork is naturally rich in all 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life. Ground bone is an excellent source of natural calcium.

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

The third ingredient is organic kale, a type of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. This dark green vegetable is especially rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C, vitamin K and calcium.

And like broccoli, kale contains sulforaphane, a natural chemical believed to possess potent anti-cancer properties.

The fourth ingredient is organic squash, a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

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

The sixth ingredient is organic apples, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The seventh ingredient is organic pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and, more importantly, linoleic acid — an essential omega-6 fat.

The eighth ingredient is organic sunflower seeds, a good source of plant-based fatty acids that are also rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The ninth ingredient is organic broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.

The tenth and eleventh ingredients are organic blueberries and organic cranberries. Both are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The twelfth ingredient is organic parsley. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, parsley exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score 2 of 91.

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.

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

We also note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Primal Raw Frozen Pronto Pork looks like an above-average raw product and is high in protein too.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 53.8%, a fat level of 23.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 15.1%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 57.6% and a mean fat level of 20.4%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 37%.

This means the Primal Raw Frozen Pronto product line contains higher than average protein, above average fat and average carbohydrate content when compared to typical raw cat food.

Final Word

Primal Pet Foods Raw Frozen Pronto Pork recipe is an excellent source of high-quality protein and nutrients. It is made with natural, organic ingredients free from grains, carrageenan, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Has Primal Pet Foods cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, Primal Pet Foods Inc. has had a number of recalls.

Since 2011 the following products have been recalled:

  • Single lot of Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs (2022)
  • Primal Canine and Feline Freeze-dried Poultry Formulas (2017)
  • Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula (2015)
  • Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula (2011)

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

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Primal Pet Foods Inc. is based in Fairfield, California. It was founded in 2000 by Matt Koss and acquired by Kinderhook Industries, LLC. in 2021.

Kinderhook owns Prairie Dog Pet Products, Himalayan and Holistic Hound, and will combine all four brands under a new name, Primal Pet Group.

All Primal Pet Foods products are manufactured in Fairfield, CA and Abilene, TX.


1: Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the 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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