Farmina Cat Food Ingredients

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Farmina manufactures roughly 57 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Farmina ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Farmina uses roughly 145 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Cat food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Farmina, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. herring
  3. pea starch
  4. chicken fat
  5. herring oil

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Farmina is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is herring, followed by pea starch, chicken fat, and herring oil.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Farmina does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 57 Farmina cat foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most cats consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Farmina does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Farmina have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive cat foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 145 Farmina ingredients. According to our data, Farmina does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

Certain Farmina cat food recipes contain one or more grains. The specific ingredients are listed below.

For cats, we typically recommend choosing a grain-free recipe. Cats are obligate carnivores and therefore grains are not species appropriate.

The kibble production requires a binding agent. Grains are commonly used for this purpose in cat food. When purchasing grain-free cat food, grains are often replaced with another starchy source. This is also not ideal.

To avoid grains and other starchy additions, consider feeding wet or frozen recipes.

ground rice
7 Recipes

Ground rice is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are intact, rice can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.

The following recipes contain ground rice:

rice starch
2 Recipes

Rice starch is a gluten free carbohydrate derived from rice. Typically, rice starch is used as a binder in kibble.

The following recipes contain rice starch:

corn gluten
11 Recipes

Corn gluten is a by-product from the production of various corn products (corn starch, corn syrup, etc). It's very high in protein (nearly 60% protein) and therefore can significant boost the protein content of the product. Because plant based proteins such as corn gluten are inferior to meat based proteins (lack many essential amino acids), they are not suitable substitutes.

The following recipes contain corn gluten:

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce cat foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 4 controversial ingredients inside Farmina products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

powdered cellulose
4 Recipes

Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

The following recipes contain powdered cellulose:

corn gluten
11 Recipes

Corn gluten is a by-product from the production of various corn products (corn starch, corn syrup, etc). It's very high in protein (nearly 60% protein) and therefore can significant boost the protein content of the product. Because plant based proteins such as corn gluten are inferior to meat based proteins (lack many essential amino acids), they are not suitable substitutes.

The following recipes contain corn gluten:

soy extract
2 Recipes

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

There are certain situations where these ingredients may be necessary. We always recommend contacting Farmina for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 1 harmful ingredient used in certain Farmina recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
8 Recipes

Menadione sodium bisulfite complex is a synthetic version of vitamin K that has been linked to many health concerns. Research has suggested possible toxic reactions in liver cells and red blood cells among other serious problems. In fact, one large chemical supplier warns, "The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage."

The following recipes contain menadione sodium bisulfite complex:

Farmina Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Herring, Pumpkin and Orange Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Herring, Pumpkin and Orange Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
herring
dehydrated herring
pea starch
herring oil
dried pumpkin

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Quail, Pumpkin and Pomegranate Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Quail, Pumpkin and Pomegranate Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
quail
dehydrated quail
pea starch
chicken fat
dehydrated pumpkin

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Quail, Pumpkin and Pomegranate Recipe For Neutered Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Quail, Pumpkin and Pomegranate Recipe For Neutered Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
quail
dehydrated quail
pea starch
dehydrated pumpkin
dehydrated whole egg

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Skin & Coat Recipe With Herring, Quinoa, Coconut and Turmeric For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Skin & Coat Recipe With Herring, Quinoa, Coconut and Turmeric For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
herring
dehydrated herring
pea starch
herring oil
quinoa seed

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Skin & Coat Recipe With Quail, Quinoa, Coconut and Turmeric For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Skin & Coat Recipe With Quail, Quinoa, Coconut and Turmeric For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
quail
dehydrated quail
pea starch
herring oil
quinoa seed

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Urinary Recipe With Duck, Quinoa, Cranberry and Chamomile For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Urinary Recipe With Duck, Quinoa, Cranberry and Chamomile For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
dehydrated duck
pea starch
chicken fat
quinoa seed

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Venison, Pumpkin and Apple Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Venison, Pumpkin and Apple Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
venison
dehydrated venison
pea starch
chicken fat
dehydrated pumpkin

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Digestion Recipe With Lamb, Quinoa, Fennel and Mint For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Digestion Recipe With Lamb, Quinoa, Fennel and Mint For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
lamb
dehydrated lamb
pea starch
chicken fat
quinoa seed

Farmina

Vet Life
Cardiac Feline Formula
Farmina
Vet Life Cardiac Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
whole spelt
corn gluten
chicken fat
dehydrated chicken
hydrolyzed ocean fish

Farmina

Vet Life
Diabetic Feline Formula
Farmina
Vet Life Diabetic Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
corn gluten
dehydrated pork
whole oats
whole spelt

Farmina

Vet Life
Gastrointestinal Feline Formula
Farmina
Vet Life Gastrointestinal Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
ground rice
chicken fat
corn gluten
flaxseed

Farmina

Vet Life
Hairball Feline Formula
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Vet Life Hairball Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
whole oats
pea fiber
chicken fat
corn gluten

Farmina

Vet Life
Hepatic Feline Formula
Farmina
Vet Life Hepatic Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
whole spelt
corn gluten
hydrolyzed ocean fish
hydrolyzed chicken protein
whole oats

Farmina

Vet Life
Neutered Female Feline Formula
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Vet Life Neutered Female Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
ground rice
corn gluten
whole oats
pea fiber

Farmina

Vet Life
Neutered Male Feline Formula
Farmina
Vet Life Neutered Male Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
ground rice
corn gluten
whole oats
pea fiber

Farmina

Vet Life
Obesity Feline Formula
Farmina
Vet Life Obesity Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
dehydrated chicken
corn gluten
dehydrated pork
pea fiber
whole oats

Farmina

Vet Life
Renal Feline Formula
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Vet Life Renal Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
ground rice
corn gluten
dehydrated chicken
chicken fat
dehydrated egg product

Farmina

Vet Life
Struvite Feline Formula
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Vet Life Struvite Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
corn gluten
ground rice
dehydrated chicken
whole oats
chicken fat

Farmina

Vet Life
Struvite Management Feline Formula
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Vet Life Struvite Management Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
corn gluten
ground rice
dehydrated chicken
whole oats
chicken fat

Farmina

Vet Life
UltraHypo Feline Formula
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Vet Life UltraHypo Feline Formula
First Five Ingredients
hydrolyzed ocean fish protein
rice starch
salmon oil
powdered cellulose
calcium carbonate

Farmina

N&D Ancestral Grain
Chicken, Spelt, Oats and Pomegranate Recipe For Neutered Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Ancestral Grain Chicken, Spelt, Oats and Pomegranate Recipe For Neutered Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
dehydrated chicken
whole spelt
whole oats
dried whole egg

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Cod, Spelt, Oats and Orange Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Cod, Spelt, Oats and Orange Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
cod
dehydrated cod
herring oil
whole spelt
whole oats

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Herring and Orange Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Herring and Orange Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
herring
dehydrated herring
sweet potato
herring oil
dried whole egg

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Duck, Pumpkin and Cantaloupe Melon Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Duck, Pumpkin and Cantaloupe Melon Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
dehydrated duck
pea starch
chicken fat
dehydrated pumpkin

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Weight Management Recipe With Lamb, Quinoa, Broccoli and Asparagus For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Weight Management Recipe With Lamb, Quinoa, Broccoli and Asparagus For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
lamb
dehydrated lamb
pea starch
dried whole egg
pea fiber

Farmina

N&D Ancestral Grain
Chicken, Spelt, Oats and Pomegranate Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Ancestral Grain Chicken, Spelt, Oats and Pomegranate Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
dehydrated chicken
whole spelt
whole oats
chicken fat

Farmina

N&D Ancestral Grain
Lamb, Spelt, Oats and Blueberry Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Ancestral Grain Lamb, Spelt, Oats and Blueberry Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
lamb
dehydrated lamb
whole spelt
whole oats
chicken fat

Farmina

N&D Prime
Wild Boar and Apple Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Prime Wild Boar and Apple Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
wild boar
dehydrated wild boar
sweet potato
chicken
dehydrated chicken

Farmina

N&D Prime
Chicken and Pomegranate Recipe For Kittens
Farmina
N&D Prime Chicken and Pomegranate Recipe For Kittens
First Five Ingredients
chicken
dehydrated chicken
sweet potato
chicken fat
dried whole egg

Farmina

N&D Prime
Chicken and Pomegranate Recipe For Neutered Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Prime Chicken and Pomegranate Recipe For Neutered Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
dehydrated chicken
sweet potato
chicken fat
dried whole egg

Farmina

N&D Prime
Lamb and Blueberry Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Prime Lamb and Blueberry Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
lamb
dehydrated lamb
sweet potato
chicken fat
dried whole egg

Farmina

N&D Prime
Chicken and Pomegranate Recipe For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Prime Chicken and Pomegranate Recipe For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
dehydrated chicken
sweet potato
chicken fat
dried whole egg

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Digestion Recipe For Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Digestion Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
lamb
hydrolyzed herring
quinoa seed
herring oil
artichoke

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Skin & Coat Recipe With Duck & Coconut For Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Skin & Coat Recipe With Duck & Coconut For Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
quinoa seed
herring oil
coconut
fructooligosaccharides

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Skin & Coat Recipe With Herring & Coconut For Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Skin & Coat Recipe With Herring & Coconut For Cats
First Five Ingredients
herring
hydrolyzed herring
quinoa seed
herring oil
coconut

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Skin & Coat Recipe With Quail & Coconut For Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Skin & Coat Recipe With Quail & Coconut For Cats
First Five Ingredients
quail
quinoa seed
herring oil
coconut
fructooligosaccharides

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Skin & Coat Recipe With Venison & Coconut For Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Skin & Coat Recipe With Venison & Coconut For Cats
First Five Ingredients
venison
quinoa seed
herring oil
coconut
fructooligosaccharides

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Urinary Recipe For Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Urinary Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
herring
egg
quinoa seed
herring oil

Farmina

N&D Quinoa
Weight Management Recipe For Cats
Farmina
N&D Quinoa Weight Management Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
lamb
hydrolyzed herring
quinoa seed
herring oil
broccoli

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Cod, Shrimps & Pumpkin For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Cod, Shrimps & Pumpkin For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
cod
herring
sweet potato
shrimp
pumpkin

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Cod, Shrimps & Pumpkin For Kittens
Farmina
N&D Ocean Cod, Shrimps & Pumpkin For Kittens
First Five Ingredients
cod
herring
salmon
sweet potato
shrimp

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Sea Bass & Sardine & Shrimps For Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Sea Bass & Sardine & Shrimps For Cats
First Five Ingredients
seabass
sardine
cod
sweet potato
shrimp

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Sea Bass, Squid & Shrimps For Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Sea Bass, Squid & Shrimps For Cats
First Five Ingredients
seabass
cod
herring
squid
shrimp

Farmina

N&D Prime
Chicken & Pomegranate For Kittens
Farmina
N&D Prime Chicken & Pomegranate For Kittens
First Five Ingredients
chicken
herring
egg
sweet potato
herring oil

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Wild Boar, Pumpkin & Apple For Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Wild Boar, Pumpkin & Apple For Cats
First Five Ingredients
boar
herring
egg
pumpkin
herring oil

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Chicken, Pumpkin & Pomegranate For Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Chicken, Pumpkin & Pomegranate For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
herring
egg
pumpkin
herring oil

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Duck & Pumpkin Recipe For Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Duck & Pumpkin Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken
herring
egg
pumpkin

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Lamb, Pumpkin & Blueberry For Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Lamb, Pumpkin & Blueberry For Cats
First Five Ingredients
lamb
herring
egg
pumpkin
sweet potato

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Quail & Pumpkin For Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Quail & Pumpkin For Cats
First Five Ingredients
quail
chicken
herring
egg
pumpkin

Farmina

N&D Pumpkin
Venison & Pumpkin For Cats
Farmina
N&D Pumpkin Venison & Pumpkin For Cats
First Five Ingredients
venison
chicken
herring
egg
pumpkin

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Salmon, Cod & Shrimps For Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Salmon, Cod & Shrimps For Cats
First Five Ingredients
salmon
cod
herring
sweet potato
shrimp

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Small Tuna, Cod & Shrimps For Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Small Tuna, Cod & Shrimps For Cats
First Five Ingredients
tuna
cod
herring
sweet potato
shrimp

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Tuna & Shrimp For Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Tuna & Shrimp For Cats
First Five Ingredients
tuna
cod
herring
sweet potato
shrimp

Farmina

N&D Ocean
Trout, Salmon & Shrimps For Cats
Farmina
N&D Ocean Trout, Salmon & Shrimps For Cats
First Five Ingredients
trout
salmon
cod
herring
shrimp

Farmina

N&D Prime
Wild Boar & Apple Recipe For Cats
Farmina
N&D Prime Wild Boar & Apple Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
boar
herring
egg
sweet potato
herring oil

Farmina

N&D Prime
Chicken & Pomegranate For Adult Cats
Farmina
N&D Prime Chicken & Pomegranate For Adult Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
herring
egg
sweet potato
herring oil

Farmina

N&D Prime
Lamb & Blueberry Recipe For Cats
Farmina
N&D Prime Lamb & Blueberry Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
lamb
herring
egg
sweet potato
herring oil