Product Review: Freshpet Select – Fresh, Refrigerated Cat Food

Fresh Pet Select cat food

I don’t usually accept food and treats for review here on The Conscious Cat, unless it’s something I’ve already thoroughly researched and/or tried. I won’t use Allegra and Ruby as product testers for diets whose claims I can’t verify. For those reasons, I was hesitant to try Freshpet Select, but after taking a look at their information, I agreed to a test.

Freshpet Select is a line of freshly prepared meals. According to the company, each recipe only includes select ingredients like high protein meats and eggs, and vegetables. The cat food contains no grains, although it does contain some pea fiber. As Freshpet Select states on their website, the recipe is much like a meal you would prepare for your family with simple ingredients you are familiar with and can pronounce.

The nutritional composition closely resembles raw food when it comes to protein and moisture content. The food is minimally processed, batch-cooked and quickly cooled to eliminate any harmful bacteria or parasites. The products undergo pasteurization just like milk or cold cuts. The company states that their food is mostly sourced from the US and Canada, and that their poultry is USDA inspected.

The texture of the food is a little odd. It’s shaped like dry kibble, but it’s softer. It actually almost looks and feels like stuffing! (Apparently, I’m already in a Thanksgiving state of mind.)

I gave Allegra and Ruby a small amount of the Real Chicken Recipe with Carrots and Spinach. Ruby dove right in and finished her portion without coming up for air. Allegra was hesitant at first, but eventually ate most of her portion. I gave a second bag of the food to a friend who wanted to try it with one of her cats, and it was extremely well received. The little cat purred while eating!

This may be a better choice than grain-free canned food since it is less processed. It could be a good option for rotational feeding, alternating with raw and grain-free canned food, and it may be a good solution for finicky eaters.

Freshpet Select is available in select grocery stores and pet stores. For more information about Freshpet, and a store locator, please visit their website.

FTC disclosure: This food was sent to me for review by the manufacturer. I received no compensation for this review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest opinion. 

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161 Comments on Product Review: Freshpet Select – Fresh, Refrigerated Cat Food

  1. Heidi Tooker
    August 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm (1 month ago)

    I sure am glad I found this website a few days ago. One of the posts read that it’s important to check the expiration date on the bags, as well as select the bags from the back of the cooler. Well tonight I stopped at my local Safeway store because I just found out that they carry this food, and I was going to buy the larger bags when I realized that the expiration date was a month and a half ago! Obviously somebody is not doing their job rotating the food. So I grabbed all the bags of expired food and took it to the service counter so someone else wouldn’t possibly feed spoiled food to their cats. I appreciate that the Safeway in my rural Colorado town carries this item but they do need to pay as much attention to expiration dates here as they do the milk.

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    • Ingrid
      August 27, 2016 at 5:21 am (1 month ago)

      I hope you mentioned this to the store manager, Heidi. You may also let Freshpet know so they can address this from their end.

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  2. Wayne LaPan
    August 13, 2016 at 1:05 am (1 month ago)

    I have the most finicky kitten. I have tried every brand of wet and raw cat food on the market, price is not an issue. Freshpet is the only food my kitten will eat other then Origen dry food and my kitten is being weened from all dry food.

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  3. Joyce
    April 6, 2016 at 9:33 pm (6 months ago)

    My two housecats became sick after eating Freshpet. The feral cat I feed ate it in the evening and in the morning would not touch it in his moist food bowl – leaving all his moist food for the first time in three years. I cannot prove it was the Freshpet as it was joined to some Friskies, but I strongly feel it was and that the food may not have been properly handled at the between the factory and the grocery. My house cats had food poisoning. I have fed them Freshpet before with no problem, always adding it to their regular moist food brands. I won’t risk it again. Maybe another customer took it, then left it on a shelf, and it was returned to the refrigerator later!

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    • Drea
      August 8, 2016 at 10:26 am (2 months ago)

      My cats would not even sample this food.
      On fact my Bengal cat literally gagged when smelling it and ran away low to the ground.

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  4. Ingrid
    October 8, 2015 at 6:08 am (12 months ago)

    I’m not sure – check the ingredient list on their website, Angela.

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    • Karen Fox
      April 17, 2016 at 5:01 pm (5 months ago)

      Ingrid, do you recommend feeding this product exclusively? It is the only product that does not give my 2 Balinese and 1 OLH kittens really stinky poop. I’ve tried the other high end brands with my other Bali cats and had the same issues with diarrhea that others have discussed previously. I am also concerned about the protein level and am currently supplementing with boiled organic chicken.

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      • Ingrid
        April 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm (5 months ago)

        If this works for your cats, then I don’t see why you couldn’t feed it exclusively. If you’re open to feeding raw, you may want to consider that. One of the first things raw feeders notice is that stools become much smaller and have almost no odor, because more of the nutrients are absorbed.

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  5. Ingrid
    October 8, 2015 at 6:07 am (12 months ago)

    I think it would be fine, just make sure you feed more frequent and larger meals than you would an adult cat.

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    • Ingrid
      October 8, 2015 at 8:19 am (12 months ago)

      Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need protein in their diet not just to survive, but to thrive. I’m not sure where you got the idea that protein is difficult to digest for kittens, Clint. While I consider Freshpet Select a good brand, it’s actually a little lower in protein than I like to see. Additionally, the cat formula uses pea protein in addition to meat protein. The ideal food for a carnivore will be at least 95% meat protein.

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  6. Darren Scott
    October 7, 2015 at 5:53 am (12 months ago)

    Is it possible to freeze Freshpet Food without compromising it’s moisture content and texture? Since there aren’t any preservatives in the food, I don’t want it to spoil.

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    • Ingrid
      October 7, 2015 at 6:02 am (12 months ago)

      I would check with Freshpet, Darren.

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      • Bell
        March 14, 2016 at 8:27 am (7 months ago)

        I freeze it all the time…does not seem to be a problem…my kitties still gobble it up!

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  7. mike
    October 6, 2015 at 4:57 pm (12 months ago)

    I have been using freshpet select roasted meals (both chicken and chicken & beef recipies) for the past year for my cat with IBD. Prior to freshpet, I tried about every “high-end” dry and wet grain-free/ limited ingredient pet food out there, and all of them still gave my cat diarrhea. Within a few days of feeding freshpet, my cat no longer had runny stools. A year later, she only has occasional bouts of diarrhea. Freshpet nearly “cured” my cats IBD/IBS and im convinced its from the very simple, wholesome, limited ingredients in freshpet without all the crap and chemicals/additives in most other gain-free or otherwise cat foods. Oh, and i feed it to my 2 other cats, who also love it, and all of their coat have never been more shiny, soft and healthy. their overall health is superb as well. hope that helps. its worth giving it a try.

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    • Ingrid
      October 7, 2015 at 5:42 am (12 months ago)

      Thank you for sharing your experience with Freshpet, Mike. That’s wonderful that it helped your IBD kitty so quickly!

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      • Jan
        March 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm (7 months ago)

        Thank you so much for sharing this. Because of your experience, we tried it for our 1 1/2 year old Devon Rex cat who has been suffering for 10 months from diarrhea resulting from IBD. This was after trying numerous prescription foods. In less than 1 week, Freshpet has changed everything and her diarrhea is resolved. It
        is unbelievable. Thank you, thank you, thank you:)

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        • Ingrid
          March 14, 2016 at 4:26 am (7 months ago)

          That’s wonderful, Jan!

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          • Liz
            April 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm (5 months ago)

            My vet diagnosed my 12 yr old cat with IBD and wanted me to start cortisone shots and pills. Spike has been throwing up for years and recently it has been 2x a day. I didn’t want to do cortisone so I tried this product along with raw ground turkey (raised in my state and sold by the farmers here). Both my cats chow it down and NO throwing up since I started 4 days ago! I am crossing my fingers…but I am VERY hopeful this will help my cat and keep him off meds!!!!! I found only one chain store that carries it- hoping to find more!

  8. Laura
    October 5, 2015 at 11:44 am (12 months ago)

    I’ve been feeding Freshpet to my cats almost exclusively for several years now. Except for two instances when I purchased bags that had moldy food, I’m a big fan. The product has pretty long sell by dates which are clearly marked on the packages. Because it can be out of stock occasionally, I purchase extras and freeze them. This is also good for times that I’m away so my caretaker doesn’t have to go buy Freshpet. Because of the mold issue, I inspect each bag–they do have a clear section; the color should look good and I check for tears in the bags. I tried switching to grain-free canned and kibble once. The stench from the litter boxes drove me right back to Freshpet. My boys are 9 and 2-1/2 (brothers) and thriving.

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  9. Ingrid
    October 5, 2015 at 9:15 am (12 months ago)

    You’d have to make sure that the food doesn’t contain any of the substances your cat is allergic to, Madeline.

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  10. Braden Albert
    October 5, 2015 at 1:37 am (12 months ago)

    My cats don’t have any grain sensitivities so I’m thinking I may try Fresh Pet with some rice for them. They love their rice!

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  11. Sheryl Winters
    October 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm (12 months ago)

    Fresh pet is a god send for my diabetic cat. She’s now off medicine and her fur has never looked better. Three months ago, I was sure she didn’t have long to live. I absolutely LOVE this pet food. More importantly, so does my cat Summer.

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    • Lindy
      January 16, 2016 at 1:10 pm (8 months ago)

      Thank you so much for this comment!!! I have a diabetic kitty I’m struggling with! He’s on a lot of insulin and I feel like I’ve tried everything. I bought some of this and am starting him tomorrow so I can do a curve at the same time. I have my fingers crossed!!!!

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  12. Braden
    October 2, 2015 at 7:57 am (12 months ago)

    How moist is the food? You mentioned that it looks a little like stuffing so I’m assuming it’s still quite dry. Do you think I need to add something to make the food moister? My cat won’t eat his food unless it’s quite moist.

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    • Ingrid
      October 2, 2015 at 8:40 am (12 months ago)

      It is a little on the dry side – not as moist as canned food. You can certainly add water if your cat prefers her food on the moist side.

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      • Liz
        April 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm (5 months ago)

        I have been mixing it with organic ground turkey (zero other ingredients in the turkey)- my cats love it!

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        • Karen Fox
          April 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm (5 months ago)

          Thanks for responding! Do you cook the turkey or feed raw?

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  13. Celester Rich
    October 1, 2015 at 7:38 am (12 months ago)

    It’s very difficult to find natural food for cats. And that too, something that they’ll actually like. Freshpet select seems like it may be a good natural alternative to all that processed junk out there. I’m thinking of giving it a try, although I am concerned about all these allegations of moldy food.

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    • Danielle
      December 21, 2015 at 8:08 pm (9 months ago)

      I have been using freahpet for my dog and cat for years. I have never run into moldy food. I think the issue with moldy food is where they are buying it. I get mine from Petsmart, Petco and Fred Meyer. If the store is rotating the food correctly you shouldn’t have moldy food.

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  14. Chris Dean
    October 1, 2015 at 7:07 am (12 months ago)

    Fresh Pet select appears to agree with both my cats. Jasper has a really sensitive stomach and Fresh pet select seems to agree with him. Lucy hasn’t turned her nose up at it so that must mean she’s happy.

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  15. Cirstina Monny
    October 1, 2015 at 5:48 am (12 months ago)

    My cat is probably the world’s most finicky eater. One sniff is enough for her to determine whether or not the food meets her standards. That being said, I was so nervous about giving her Freshpet Food knowing full well what could happen. To my surprise, I don’t even think she fully inhaled – she just gobbled it all down.

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  16. katt
    September 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm (1 year ago)

    i have to admit my cat loves this freshpet vital grain free.
    My boy cat got stones from eating dry food the vet told me. Put him on that trash prescription food which made both of my cats puke yellow foam everytime they ate it. So started feeding the wellness canned food and saw this vital freshpet grain free and decided to give it a try.

    The boy with the stones sturvite stones loves it my girl will not touch it! Thank you enjoyed the article!!

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    • Ingrid
      May 8, 2015 at 6:32 am (1 year ago)

      Unfortunately, I’ve seen multiple reports of this mold problem, and I, too, am concerned.

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      • Bell
        July 12, 2015 at 4:37 pm (1 year ago)

        Hi Ingrid, as you know, I have commented on Freshpet Select previously…keeping a keen eye on this product since the company started selling stock. Anyway, a woman I buy art supplied from told me her sister’s cat was in the hospital with food poisoning. Asked her what the cat was fed, and she told me Freshpet. I don’t know any details beyond that….(the cat is expected to recover). Heads up to everyone, especially in this hot weather, get your Freshpet from the back of the case, check expiration dates, don’t leave it in the car on a hot day, and don’t leave it out all day if your cats don’t finish it! One hour sitting out is all I give my cats to eat it. Then I toss it. (fortunately, they gobble it all up most of the time!).

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        • Ingrid
          July 13, 2015 at 6:22 am (1 year ago)

          Thank you for this update, Bell, and for the recommendations.

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  17. Kris
    April 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm (1 year ago)

    Igrid, thank you for reminding me about your recommendations for canned (cooked) foods. Can you tell me if any of these come in a pate style? Most of my cats demand pate (sigh). I looked through all of these on your list and I can’t find a pate. In addition, I am looking for no gmo’s and no carageenan and, like you, I prefer no fish. Thank you much.

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    • Ingrid
      April 4, 2015 at 6:13 am (1 year ago)

      Addiction, Nature’s Variety, Hound and Gatos and Wild Calling area all pate style, Kris. I believe they’re also all carrageenan free, but I’m not sure about GMO’s.

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      • Kris
        April 4, 2015 at 10:24 pm (1 year ago)

        Thank you very much!

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  18. Bell
    April 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm (1 year ago)

    Interesting new comments about FreshPet…..

    I just listened to Richard Thompson, the CEO of the company, on Mad Money last night and all he talked about was money. Nothing about quality, nothing about pet safety. As he was talking, I grew more and more confident that this will continue to be a good brand.
    That said, keeping the food fresh is on the onus of the seller once it leaves the factory. I always buy the food in the back of the refrigerator (it’s cooler back there…check the dates, etc). But now I am going to be watching this company like a hawk… I would totally move on, but I have a kitty with food sensitivities and aside from Wellness Dry, this is the ONLY food she will eat that does not give her the runs. And I don’t like an all-dry diet.

    Here is the link to the interview if you are interested
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvs8IJs4FlM

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    • Bell
      April 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm (1 year ago)

      I meant to say less confident in the brand, not MORE…

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      • Ingrid
        April 3, 2015 at 6:21 am (1 year ago)

        I’m glad you clarified this, Bell!

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        • Kris
          April 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm (1 year ago)

          Bell, this is interesting; thank you for sharing. I too always go for the food in the back of the fridge… and my husband always makes fun of me. Now I can tell him that I certainly am not the only one.

          I have a kitty, Rainsong, who is super sensitive too, and she eats dry EVO mixed with dry Young Again but I never could give her ANY wet food until Fresh Pet, which she only “sort of” liked, but at least she didn’t get an allergy to it. Now I give her the Beyond Chicken and Sweet Potato pate and she seems to be okay with it (limited ingredients)… I’m thinking in Rainsong’s case it’s an allergy to carageenan, and it’s challenging to find a canned food without that ingredient. You “might” want to try the Beyond, or maybe not, but I wanted to let you know.

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          • Bell
            April 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm (1 year ago)

            Thanks Kris…I will try that…I am always sneaking in new foods for Sasha to try…she will eat Wuruva Steak Frites and Chicken for a few days, then give it up!

            You might like to try Wuruva for your cat…lots of different varieties, some without carageenan.

            I have personally corresponded with the owners about the phosphorous level in one of their foods because I wanted to feed it to my CRF girl instead of the prescription stuff (which I did, and it did not effect her in a negative way at all!)…they seem to really care about their product and its safety. My only concern with them is the food is sourced in Thailand. They say it is human-grade and produced in a licensed, inspected human-grade food facility. I’ve been to Thailand and it is cleaner than most SE Asian countries….certainly MUCH MUCH cleaner than China. So on a par with the USA, they are probably about the same as far as trustworthiness goes. Tiki Cat does not have carageenan, so that might be an option too. Anyway, good luck! Keep all of us posted if you have any other foods to suggest for our “sensitive” kitties!

          • Ingrid
            April 3, 2015 at 4:54 pm (1 year ago)

            Weruva is one of the brands on my list of recommended brands. I’m not crazy about the fact that it’s made in Thailand, but I’ve found the owners to be forthcoming any time I, or a reader, have had questions or concerns, and that counts for a lot as far as I’m concerned. You can find all of the brands I recommend here: http://consciouscat.net/2012/03/22/the-best-food-for-your-cat/ and my review of Weruva here: http://consciouscat.net/2013/04/23/weruva-cat-food-review/

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