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.

This food was sent to me for review by the manufacturer. I received no compensation, and the review reflects my honest opinion.

122 Comments on Product review: Freshpet Select – fresh, refrigerated cat food

  1. Kris
    April 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks ago)

        Thank you very much!

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  2. Bell
    April 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks ago)

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

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      • Ingrid
        April 3, 2015 at 6:21 am (2 weeks ago)

        I’m glad you clarified this, Bell!

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        • Kris
          April 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks 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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