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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.
Something else worth noting about Fromm is that, in June of 2019, the FDA identified the brand as one of 16 that could potentially be linked to heart disease in dogs and cats. The FDA began an investigation after reports of a possible link between certain types of pet food and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
The investigation is still ongoing and the FDA calls it a “complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors.” They have yet to reach a determination, but no pet foods have been recalled so far.
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 Per Ounce||Our Grade|
|Fromm Four-Star Gamebird Dry Cat Food||Dry||Turkey||420 kcal/cup||$0.44||C|
|Fromm Four Star Chicken & Duck Pâté Canned Cat Food||Wet||Chicken||169 kcal/can||$0.61||B|
|Fromm Gold Holistic Adult Dry Cat Food||Dry||Chicken||395 kcal/cup||$0.22||B-|
Recently reformulated, this Game Bird recipe once featured duck as the primary source of protein but now appears to be mostly turkey- and chicken-based.
This dry food is packed with multiple animal protein sources, including fresh turkey and chicken, chick meal, duck meal, and dried egg, along with smaller amounts of turkey liver, goose, duck, pheasant, and quail.
It’s a grain-free food, but it’s not low in carbohydrates or plant-based ingredients. Peas are the fifth ingredient, followed by chickpeas sand pea protein. The third ingredient is pea protein, which is a less biologically available protein source than meat sources. The recipe also includes potatoes, sweet potatoes, flaxseed, and traces of fruits and vegetables.
The food has moderate carbohydrate content, moderate fat, and high carbohydrate matter. The estimated carbohydrate content is about 25% (as fed).
There are 420 calories in each cup of this food.
Turkey, Turkey Broth, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Duck Meal, Dried Egg Product, Potatoes, Dried Tomato Pomace, Turkey Liver, Chicken Fat, Goose, Salmon Oil, Sweet Potatoes, Duck, Flaxseed, Pheasant, Quail, Carrots, Natural Flavor, DL-Methionine, Pumpkin, Apples, Broccoli, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, Vitamins, Minerals, Cranberries, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Blueberries, Sodium Selenite, Probiotics.
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
Ingredients We Liked: Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Duck Meal, Dried Egg Product, Turkey Liver, Chicken Fat, Goose, Salmon Oil, Duck, Pheasant, Quail
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Peas, Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Flaxseed
Common Allergens: Chicken, Egg
- Rich in species-appropriate animal ingredients
- Free from artificial ingredients
- Contains a variety of animal ingredients not found in other foods
- High in carbohydrates
- Uses pea protein as a concentrated source of plant protein
- Fairly expensive
Chicken appears to be the primary protein source in this canned cat food.
This canned cat food features a simple recipe involving chicken, chicken liver, and duck in chicken broth. In addition to the main animal ingredients, the food contains flaxseed, tomato paste, xanthan gum, and locust bean gum. It also contains a small amount of dried egg product as an additional source of protein.
Though it contains some plant ingredients, the food is nevertheless a relatively species-appropriate food in terms of macronutrient distribution. It’s high in protein with moderate-to-high fat and low carbohydrate content.
There are 169 calories in each 5.5 oz can or about 31 calories per ounce.
Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Duck, Flaxseed, Tomato Paste, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Minerals, Xanthan Gum, Dried Egg Product, Locust Bean Gum, Taurine, Vitamins.
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Duck
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Flaxseed, Salt
Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs
- Rich in species-appropriate animal protein
- Low carbohydrate content
- Virtually no protein from plants
- Contains some added plant ingredients
- Somewhat expensive
Deboned chicken and chicken meal appear to be the primary protein sources in this dry cat food.
Like all Fromm Gold foods, this formula is marketed as a life stage-specific formula. According to the Fromm website, it’s made for “normally active adult cats.” It’s made with chicken meal and salmon meal as concentrated sources of animal protein but also contains fresh chicken and duck as well as dried egg.
These meat ingredients are accompanied by a variety of high-carbohydrate plant ingredients, including pearled barley, white rice, and potatoes, none of which are particularly nourishing for cats. You’ll also find cheese on the list which is an unusual sight in cat food.
Overall, this dry food has moderate protein, moderate fat, and high carbohydrate content. There are 395 calories in each cup of Fromm Adult Gold dry cat food.
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, White Rice, Salmon Meal, Chicken Fat, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dried Egg Product, Potatoes, Duck, Salmon Oil, Cheese, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast, Chicken Liver, Alfalfa Meal, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins, Chicken Cartilage, Chicory Root Extract, Salt, Monosodium Phosphate, Minerals, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Sodium Selenite, Taurine, Probiotics.
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Salmon Meal, Chicken Fat, Duck, Salmon Oil
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Pearled Barley, White Rice, Cheese, Brewers Dried Yeast, Alfalfa Meal
Common Allergens: Chicken, Fish, Dairy
- Contains multiple sources of animal protein
- Free from artificial additives
- Chicken fat and salmon oil as species-appropriate fat sources
- High in carbohydrates
- No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs
- Fairly expensive
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.