We’ve taken a close look at Fromm and graded it according to the Cats.com standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, product variety, price, ingredient quality, customer experience, and recall history.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Fromm on What Matters
We’ve rated the brand on six key criteria for quality. Here’s how it rates in each of these six crucial areas.
- Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 5/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 5/10
Overall Score: 6.8/10
In total, we give Fromm cat food a 41 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.
Read on to find out more about Fromm and how we reached these conclusions.
Fromm is a fifth-generation family owned-and-operated company.
Since the day in 1904 when the four Fromm brothers sat down on their family’s porch and decided to start a company, Fromm has cultivated a “tradition of quiet innovation”. The company developed the first canine distemper vaccine in the 1930s, pioneered the use of mixed tocopherols as natural preservatives, and invented the first “all-granular” dog food.
The Fromm company opened their first pet food manufacturing plant in 1925 and sold the first bag of Fromm dog food in 1949.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Fromm manufactures all of their own foods. They own three manufacturing facilities, all in the company’s home state of Wisconsin.
One is in Mequon, Wisconsin, where the company first entered the pet food manufacturing business back in 1925. Since then, they’ve added two additional facilities. They operate one dry food manufacturing facility in Columbus, Wisconsin and a cannery in Eden, Wisconsin.
All of their facilities implement HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) programs to ensure quality control. These manufacturing plants are regularly inspected by the FDA, USDA, and APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service).
The company demands that all suppliers meet the requirements outlined in Fromm’s Approved Supplier Program which aims to ensure that suppliers test all ingredients before they arrive at Fromm’s facilities.
After over 90 years in the industry, Fromm announced its first recall in 2016. The recall was due to elevated levels of Vitamin D in several varieties of canned dog food.
In October 2021, Fromm issued another voluntary recall affecting roughly 5,500 cases of Fromm Shredded Entrée canned dog food due to potentially high levels of vitamin D.
None of Fromm’s cat food recipes have ever been recalled.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Fromm Offer?
Fromm makes two lines of cat food. These include both wet and dry formulas. All of their recipes are free from artificial ingredients and feature named meats—never byproducts.
Fromm’s Four-Star line includes both dry and canned foods that are “gourmet & variety driven.” Every product in the line is designed to complement other foods in the Four-Star line, promoting a varied rotational diet.
Like a wine pairing guide, the Fromm website provides pairing suggestions for foods in their Four-Star line. For example, the Beef Liváttini Veg dry food, according to Fromm, pairs well with their Chicken, Duck, & Salmon Pâté.
Foods in the Gold line are prepared in small batches from fresh ingredients delivered daily. There are only three cat foods in the Gold line, and they’re all dry. The company offers Kitten Gold, Adult Gold, and Mature Gold, representing cats of all life stages.
If you’re having trouble choosing the right Fromm cat food for your cat, you might want to use the product selection tool on the Fromm website.
Fromm Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Main Protein Source||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Fromm Four-Star Gamebird Dry Cat Food||Dry||Turkey||420 kcal/cup||$0.44 per oz||C|
|Fromm Four Star Chicken & Duck Pâté Canned Cat Food||Wet||Chicken||169 kcal/can||$0.61 per oz||B|
|Fromm Gold Holistic Adult Dry Cat Food||Dry||Chicken||395 kcal/cup||$0.22 per oz||B-|
What Do Customers Think of Fromm Cat Food?
Fromm receives primarily positive customer reviews on product listings and in online discussions. Some note improvement in their cat’s energy levels, appearance, and overall health after switching to Fromm.
Here are a few reviews from real Fromm customers:
“I purchased this for my cat due to my realization of the low quality food I was feeding her. She instantly took to it after 2 sniffs. So far I have seen a boost in her energy, kindness, and overall mood. Her bowl habits are more regular and her coat is softer and shinier.” – Starfish, reviewing Fromm Gold Holistic Adult Dry Cat Food
“Got this as a treat for my cat and she loved it. The only downside is now she won’t eat the Science Diet food that she normally gets. That’s a cat for you.” – H. Neumann, reviewing Fromm Four Star Chicken & Duck Canned Cat Food
“Lo and behold, yet another company (Orijen was the last one) who doesn’t make sealable zip bags for their dry food products. First time I ever tried the Gamebird flavor and the damned bag won’t seal. Totally frustrating and inexcusable. Anyone else had this problem???? I’d advise not ordering this flavor (at least if not all the Fromm bags of dry food). AAAARGH.” – Amazon Customer, reviewing Fromm Four-Star Gamebird Cat Food
“Well, it’s impossible to say right now, but I just found out that my cat got diabetes while eating mostly this food. Occasionally, I’d give her some canned food, but this was probably about 90% of her diet. She really seemed to like the flavor and preferred it over other foods.
The ingredients list sounded good, but now that I’ve been researching more, it seems that this has way too many carb-heavy ingredients. In fact, the composition is nearly 29% carbs!!! Potatoes, sweet potatoes, flours, carrots – all high carbs. Cats are supposed to have a very low carb diet. I feel bad for not doing the math and feeding her this for so long. Hopefully with a diet change, we can get her back into remission.” – El Outsider, reviewing Fromm Four-Star Gamebird Dry Cat Food
How Much Does Fromm Cat Food Cost?
Fromm cat food products are some of the most expensive on the market. Their canned foods cost approximately $3 per day and their dry foods cost an estimated $1.80 to $2.46 per day.
Overall, Is Fromm a Good Choice?
Safety, customer service, and ingredient quality are Fromm’s strengths. After over 90 years in the industry, Fromm has only been recalled once and receives virtually no complaints about making cats or dogs sick. That’s exceptional.
From a nutritional standpoint, however, Fromm dry cat food isn’t the best in the business. Like most dry foods, Fromm kibble is packed with plant ingredients and tends to be high in carbohydrate content. It also doesn’t contain the moisture your cat needs for optimal hydration.
Fromm canned foods, however, are meat-rich, low in carbohydrates, and nutritionally comparable to products from premium brands like Nature’s Variety and Wellness.
Another concern about Fromm is value. Fromm cat foods are some of the most expensive on the market, yet their dry foods contain pea protein, a cheap filler ingredient that creates the illusion of high protein content without honoring your cat’s biological need for protein from meat.
Overall, Fromm is an above-average cat food brand and, particularly if you stick with their selection of canned foods, may be a great choice for some cats.
Where Is Fromm Cat Food Sold?
Both online and off, Fromm foods are only available through independent retailers. Company owner Tom Nieman explains that “there’s a passion and intimacy that comes across with small businesses that best conveys the true grassroots quality of family owned American made products.”
The company partners with independent retailers across the United States, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.