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November 10, 2011 84 Comments

Product review: Freshpet Select – fresh, refrigerated cat food

Posted by Ingrid

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.

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84 Responses to “Product review: Freshpet Select – fresh, refrigerated cat food”

  1. This might be an option for my super finicky cat Billy. RIght now he is on a grain free dry food called Pure Vita–it took a long time to find one he would eat– and he will occasionally eat canned if- and only if- it is fish flavored which I know he shouldn’t have very often. He is so much livelier since changing to the grain free dry food. I would love to improve his diet even more! I looked at this company’s website and it seemed to be geared heavily towards dogs but I liked their approach to pet food and will consider trying it.

    Deborah Julian
    http://www.DeborahJulian.etsy.com

  2. I tried this as I found a coupon for it. My two cats turned up their noses at it. I gave it to them directly out of the refrigerator. I still have most of the bag. Next time I will warm it up in the microwave first so it is not too cold and not hot but just warm. I hope they will like it then.

    • Ingrid says:

      It’s always a good idea to slightly warm food that comes straight out of the fridge. Let me know whether that did the trick for your two, Cynthia.

    • KARISSA says:

      Please don’t microwave. .. it’s defeating the purpose of the wholeness of the food. . Try placing a baggie in warm water for a few minutes. . Then the vitamin and mineral content will be safe. . Look at any holistic cat care book for more on microwaves and foods. It will shock you! My Lily is alive today thanks to fresh pet! I am eternally grateful. . Just wish they were easier to find and larger bags!

      • Ingrid says:

        Microwaving is a controversial topic, and purists definitely advise against it. I’m glad that this food helped your Lily, Karissa!

        • Jamie H says:

          I tried this with my two cats during my transition to raw. At first when I put it down they didn’t touch it. I crumbled and mixed in just one of the tiny new Nature’s Variety freeze dried raw cat treats and then they devoured it. I continued this for a few days and then stopped the treats and they still ate it. Now they seem to love it! Soon I am going to integrate raw into the mix.

  3. Bernadette says:

    I’m not sure Ruby is a very good food tester since she seems to simply like food in general! I’m going to see if anyone locally carries this. I’ve been finding that my local put supply stores carry raw or tehse types of foods for dogs, but not for cats.

  4. dlm says:

    But I was under the impression that cats do not need stuff like carrots and spinach?

  5. Tami says:

    My Callilou votes “YES!!” regarding Freshpet Select. I don’t know if it’s as good as the company and label claim, but she LOVES it- and she’s very picky. There are times I have two or three different kinds of food out for her because she snubs so many, or “changes her mind” after initially liking it. She won’t eat Blue Buffalo, and several other “superpremium” brands. She does like Holistic Select dry, so I’m trying to keep her on that as a part-time food, as I can’t afford to feed her all Freshpet Select.
    I’m curious about whether they do any cruel/abusive animal testing, though. Until I learn of any such doings, I think I’ll be a customer!

    • Ingrid says:

      My impression, based on the strong smell of the food, was that it could be a good choice for finicky eaters, and your Callilou seems to agree!

      I don’t know anything about Freshpet Select other than what I read on their website, Tami. If you have concerns about animal testing, I suggest that you contact them.

  6. Robin Olson says:

    I like your honesty, Ingrid and I agree with you. This may not be the ideal food, but it’s in a much better neighborhood than a lot of products out there. I think the pet food company’s alarm bells are going off between the huge increase in grain-free canned options and more and more frozen raw options hitting the market. Now if we could only get RID OF all that over processed dry food…but baby steps…baby steps.

    :-)

  7. Ryan says:

    My cat Sookie has been eating the Freshpet Select stuff in the little yogurt containers for about a year now. She loves it. She’s about 1.5 years old and never eaten another animal except the occasional fly.

    I’m glad it’s so good for her. I just tried it once and she liked it so much we never stopped feeding it to her. I just bought the bag you’re talking about last night and so far it has good reviews also.

  8. Kayla says:

    Newly adopted mama & baby cats:
    Peaches (1 year)
    Macy (10 weeks)

    I mostly purchased this food for Peaches, she has a forever home with me as of 1 week ago and she is severely underweight (just finished nursing kittens, and she also had a rough upbringing). I wanted her nutrition to get back on track… This food was $5 at my local grocery store.

    Both of the cats are IN LOVE with this food. They inhale it!! I’m hoping the benefits are going to become apparent in the near future.
    It’s expensive, but I’m planning on using it as a supplement to their diet to make sure they are happy & healthy :)

  9. Sasha Ethridge says:

    I have a diabetic cat and wanted to try the fresh pet cup food and the pouch. I saw all the ingredients and they looked pretty good. I didnt see the carb count on it though. I called the manufacturer and the cup food is 3% carbs and the pouches are 1.8% carbs. This is lower in carbs than most other wet food I have resaerched. This is great to hear since we all know carbs are bad for diabetes. I am in the process of weening my furry son off dry food since calling about the so called special prescription diabetic food that is 36% carbs. His blood sugar is on track to becoming lower and more manageable. I hope this somewhat help anyone who is wondering, so that this may help manage other feline diabetes better.

    • Ingrid says:

      Thanks for letting us know, Sasha. I always love hearing about cats whose diabetes is being managed with diet change alone – and that usually means change to a true low carb diet, which means grain-free. None of the veterinary prescription diets aimed at controlling diabetes are grain-free, and they’re loaded with by-products.

    • Jill says:

      Try EVO chicken, beef, duck, and venison. The chix and beef hardly have carbs. Like less than 2! My diabetic cat has been on it for over a month, and he’s had stable sugar levels since! He used to eat Fresh, but that was before he was diagnosed with diabetes. Not that I blame Fresh for that, but he did tend to eat more and was less satisfied after eating it. Almost like it was a treat and not a meal.

  10. Ashley Cresap says:

    I have recently adopted a very overweight cat and am trying to trim her down… I have her on Blue Buffalo dry food and Freshpet “wet” food for some variety. The vet wanted to put her on some weight loss formula in his office, but the ingredient list is horrible! I try to make sure she gets plenty of exercise, and I never leave food down constantly, but she always has a supply of fresh water. Does anyone have any suggestions for her weight loss? I would appreciate any input. Thank you!

    • Ingrid says:

      I don’t like the veterinary diets’ ingredients, either, Ashley. I would eliminate the Buffalo dry. Dry food is too high in carbs for cats. Feed only the Freshpet, but don’t feed the “homestyle” variety, as it contains grain (rice). You can also feed grain-free canned food. Some brands I like are Weruva, Nature’s Variety Instinct, and Wellness CORE.

  11. Mona says:

    Just bought this for my cat, Nikky. He gobbled it down! He is a very picky cat and I have been trying to find a healthier alternative to the regular canned food for him. So many of them have something in them that makes him hoark. Also, a lot of them have ground up shrimp shells in them, and he is allergic to shellfish, of all things. One thing I like is the cost. Compared to most foods in cans it’s very inexpensive. .23 cents per ounce compared to about .18 cents per ounce.

  12. Kris says:

    I was wondering if anyone would be willing to list the price they paid for this food. It sounds like a pretty good food, and I am looking for an alternative to feeding homemade cooked food from time to time to my very large gaggle of cats. I don’t need to know the exact price but if I had a few replies I could estimate whether we can afford it or how often we can afford it. Thanks, and than you for the review!

    • Ann T says:

      I found a cooler that had bags of this at our Shop Rite in Colonie (Albany), NY. I paid $4.69 for a bag of the same size as Ingrid has pictured above. I tried it with my 2 older kitties — just a little bit to see if they liked it & to ensure that didn’t ‘react’ to a larger amount of different food. My youngest seemed interested as well, but the oldest fat boy pushed her out of the way! She sniffed it later & didn’t seem all that enthralled. At 8% fat, I’d like to see if I can shift the 2 older, heavier, more sedentary kitties to it.

    • Rhonda says:

      I paid $4.29 at Target

  13. Patti says:

    My cat, Tigger, has just been diagnosed with diabeatis. We’re having trouble regulating his levels.
    I tried the Blue Buffalo canned but he hated it. I changed to Fancy Feast Classic and he gets no dry at all but he would fluxuate . Vet suggested Freshpet Select. He seems to really like it. I’ll get
    A report to you when we’ve used it for. A longer period of time.

  14. Karen says:

    I just lost a sweet wonderful 16 year kitty to hyperthyrodism and crf. She was on medication, but I had to let her go when pain started from the kidney problems. The one thing I learned was to feed a canned food that is very low in potassium. The prescription diets are junk. I found Wureva was the least amount. I wrote to Fresh Pet Select and asked about their products. It is even lower then Wureva. The three flavors of Fresh Pet Select are .11% to .14%.
    I will go pick some up tomorrow. Not sure how it compares in price, but I am paying $2.00 for a 5oz. can.

    • Ingrid says:

      I’m sorry about your kitty, Karen. I agree with you on the prescription diets – the ingredients are less than desirable. That’s great to hear that Freshpet Select is low in potassium. I wish all manufacturers would put potassium levels on their labels!

      • Katy says:

        I completely agree with you. My 14 year old cat was just diagnosed with lymphoma and kidney failure. He has been on a mix of fancyfeast and Iams his entire life but after the research iv done I was very uneasy continuing forward with that diet.. It was so hard to find a nutritious choice suited for kidney problems but A gentleman in Petco referred me to Vitals refrigerated. Ill let you know how it goes

  15. Unhappy Cats says:

    This stuff is more expensive and though we thought we were spoiling our cats, they would not touch it! Either did the cats we gave it too. Got a message it was definitely at NO GO. I have never encountered this. Won’t waste my money again on it.

    • Zack says:

      I had the same problem, but only at first. I mixed a little with his old food until it was only the freshpet, not wanting to have wasted my money. Now he loves It and nobody can come close to the fridge without him begging for it

  16. Stanford Blue says:

    I have been feeding my 4 cats Trader Joe’s canned for the past few years. A few weeks ago I started to feed the Freshpet Select in the 1 lb bags, and am slowly phasing out the Trader Joe’s canned. They all love the Freshpet Select. But I am noticing very loose stools in the litter box. I am hoping that this is just because their system is having to get used to the change in diet? Oh by the way is it OK to slightly warm up their food in the microwave when I take it out of the fridge without damaging any of the nutrition? Thank!

    • Ingrid says:

      It’s possible that the changeover to the new food is causing the loose stools, Stanford. I recommend adding a good probiotic – something I recommend as a regular supplement anyway. Most likely, it will take care of the loose stools. I like Dr. Goodpet’s Feline Digestive Enzymes.

      I think it’s okay to slightly warm the food in the microwave. Even though some purists will disagree with me, I don’t think a few seconds kill the nutrients in the food. If you’re really concerned about microwaving, you can also add in a small amount of hot water to warm it up.

      • Stanford Blue says:

        Thank you Ingrid. They are all back to normal bowl movements now, and they all absolutely love Freshpet Select. I pay $4.59 a 1lb bag at Fred Myers here in Portland, OR. I have no idea if that is normal cost? But I do know it is very well worth every penny!

    • Sol says:

      Thanks for your comment – This is my second time trying the freshpet ‘moist kibble’ and I too noticed loose stool. My cat’s stool got so loose that she began to drop little poop balls around the house every time she passed a little gas. The first time it happened I got so worried that I took her to the vet (she had her teeth cleaned a few days prior and I thought that maybe she was having a reaction to the anestesia) I also discontinued the food. About 2 days ago I purchased another bag of the freshpet kibble, and started her on it again – lo and behold..little loose stool balls are showing up around my house again. I really do like the brand, and she takes quite well to the freshpet that comes in the little containers, but she seems to have problems with the kibble. Maybe I need to take a little more time to transition her to the kibble. Either way, I just wanted to leave a comment, just in case anyone out there might be having the same issue – it’s so terrifying when you realize that your kitty is doing something out of the ordinary.

  17. I gotta show everyone what my cats do when I give them this food. I only give it to them as a night time snack. They scream so loud, it wakes my husband up! Video to follow! :)

  18. Robyn says:

    I started feeding my cat Fresh Pet (in the pouch) a while ago. I was looking for a soft food since she had to have two back teeth pulled from an abscess. She’s never been a fan of canned, and she loves this. I wanted to get her on a grain free diet, she’s got itchy skin, and have been trying to eliminate things that could be causing it. I feed her Fresh Pet in the morning, & still give her Blue’s grain free turkey dry formula to nibble on.
    Regarding the comments on stool, I was shocked at what a small amount was in the litter box compared to what it used to be when she ate other dry food. Easy to see how much of the food was worthless. My mother kept her for me for a few days and was shocked as well.
    Ginger will eat this cold, but I have warmed it a few seconds too. She doesn’t care either way.

    • Ingrid says:

      It is amazing how much of a difference you see in stools once you switch to a better quality diet, Robyn, isn’t it? I’d be curious to hear whether Ginger’s skin issues cleared up on this food.

  19. AZ Laura says:

    I have been feeding my 6 year old Siamese mix guy exclusively on the FreshPet Select pouched food for over a year now. He is very finicky. I was misguidedly feeded Iams Indoor Weight Control dry food. He was fat and the vet warned me about Diabetes so I switched. He dove into the food and he’s loved every morsel since, looking like a little steam shovel at his bowl. He immediately trimmed down (he has a waist again!) and he has been much more active (crazy zooming, giant flying leaps, and ardent fetching of paper balls.)

    He also loved the food in the cups but we just stick to the pouch. I pay $4.59 to $5.00 per bag. A bag lasts him four days at 1/2 cup each morning and night. He weighs about 9 pounds now.

    My main complaint has been finding the stuff; stores that carry it are often out. I stockpile and freeze it for him. Lately he has been vomiting more than usual and I’m getting nervous about feeding him the one food and nothing else. My newest concern is we have just been offered a chance to move to Kenya for two years. I’ll have to find a non-perishable food that I can consistently get shipped there for him, or learn to make his food from scratch.

    For the most part, I’ve been truly impressed with this product and recommend it openly.

    • Ingrid says:

      Canned food is probably going to be your only option once you move to Kenya, unless you’re able to make your own food. Whether that’s an option would depend on availability of safe, organic meat. If you’re planning on going with canned food, I’d introduce some good, grain-free brands now and rotate with the FreshPet Select.

  20. minisport says:

    my cat has issues with IBD and is currently only being treated syptomatcially with b12 and prilosec, while on a grain free diet. last week he had a rough couple of days with a flare up and seemed to have a hard time recovering, in an effort to find another food while he was flaring, i came across this fresh pet moist food. he took to it readily and his flare up calmed right down. he’s been symptom free for 2 weeks now and is back to being his happy carefree self. im not counting my chickens just yet, but im keeping my fingers crossed right now. he’s doing well so far….

  21. Sara says:

    I have a 15 year old boy who was starting lose weight and had a hard time keeping food down. I started this food about 2 weeks ago and he hasn’t thrown up once and is starting to pick weight back up. It smells horrible, but he loves it! Very happy as I didn’t expect these kind of results from something I can buy at the grocery store.

  22. Wayne says:

    @minisport et al.
    I have a cat with IBD and lymphoma. I myself have UC. I am also a research doc and my area of focus for the last few years has been around aTNF biopharmaceutical therapies for RA, COPD, UC, Crohn’s etc. I have tried everything with my little Burmese and he is still losing weight due to malabsorption. His B12/Folate levels are severely low and this is with weekly injections from me. I saw this food and thought I would give it a try. He loved it, but then again he is starving. I liked the idea but then I noticed that the product contains carrageenan. This ingredient does not appear on their website but is on the back label for the food. Interestingly enough they also label their food “made in the USA” on their website but on the back of the container it says made in Thailand. A false claim on a web site is nothing compared to a false label claim. The legal ramifications are not even close. Thus, I believe the label on the food. Now as for the carrageenan, unfortunately this additive has been linked to gastrointestinal inflammation, including higher rates of colon cancer, in laboratory animals. This filler, is derived from seaweed and used to bulk up and provide texture for the food along with the other gum additives which are also fillers. BTW, while you are looking up carrageenan look up the definition of a food filler. Carrageenan is the very definition of an additive used as a filler despite their misleading claims. I am disappointed but not surprised. I will continue the search but in the meantime I will be supplementing his diet with raw chicken and beef. Harmful bacteria? Sure, to me.
    Good luck and think critically.

  23. Patti says:

    I have used Fresh Pet awhile back but didn’t like the ingredients list. Tigger has diabetes
    and it seemed to elevate his blood glocus to dangerous levels. I started him on Fancy Feast Classic
    and he is doing better.

    Patti

  24. Terri says:

    My hyperthyroid cat loves it but I want to find out about iodine content. That is crucial since he can’t take meds for the condition. They were toxic to him. He is fourteen and so far loves the fresh pet refrigerated pouch with roasted chicken. I just don’t know yet how it will work for his condition. He was tired of the Hill’s Y/D food which was working.

    Thanks.

  25. Sabrina says:

    When I first started rotating Fresh Pet into my Abigail’s diet in an attempt to get her off dry food, she was a bit hesitant. By the week’s end, she would give me a “what’s this?” look if I gave her the dry food instead. She loves Fresh Pet and goes running to look in the fridge every time we open the door. Not to mention she has more vocal than usual ever since, meowing her approval. Not sure if that can be put in the win column though. :)

  26. Denise Phillips says:

    I wanted to comment on the post saying the label says made in Thailand and has the ingredient carrageenan. I feed my cat the kibble refrigerator package ,chicken with spinach and carrots (I believe) (dont have the package in hand). Anyway this food DOES NOT say made in Thailand on the package ,it clearly says MADE IN THE USA. I went and searched the entire package , I also do NOT see carrageenan listed as an ingredient ,never have. We have fed this to our cat for 4 months now and the package has been the same since we have been using it. I am in Texas so I don’t know if maybe its different where that person lives. I love this cat food and I believe it saved our cat along with aloe juice and coconut oil. She was very ill and not well untill we threw out the cruddy dry food we had given her all her life and started this diet with the organic filet aloe juice and organic virgin cold pressed coconut oil. I’ve noticed she has a much cleaner cat box and much less poop. She is playful and happy. She used to never meow and now she talks all the time. I dunno but she seems fabulous to us. ????

    • Tessa says:

      It is the FreshPet in the cup that has carrageenan in it and says Made in Thailand With No By-Products printed on cup label. The 1 lb pouch is made in USA and does not have carrageenan in it. My local Target carries it in a refrigerated kiosk in the pet food section. I paid $4.59 for the pouch and $1.49 for a cup.

  27. Ron says:

    This food is no longer sold at Raleys in North California. Our Pixiebob I very finicky, and we used Freshpet Select to break him from his 8 year long Raw diet. His coat was so much softer after the switch! But now we must try to find something else…..

  28. Mary says:

    I have been looking for a review of Freshpet Select. I just got a severely underweight kitty about 1 yer old from shelter. Finicky eater. Second trip I happened on bag of Freshpet select. Literally turned her health around in all aspects within the past few weeks. bBrough her home on 6/13/2013 and today 7/1/2013 she has grown from 3.5 lbs to 5.3 pounds! Shinny long hair, bright ese, more active, cleaner litter and no loose stools. She talks to me every time I go to refrigerator! Do not know what flavors they add bu suspects it heavily laced with cat nip or something. ;-). My Bella Rose just goes crazy over this food! Wish it were not so expensive, but it is so worth it to see her healthy!

    I am glad to see other positive reviews!

  29. Dorothy says:

    I’ve been buying this cat food for about a year and have noticed that 2 local stores no longer carry it. I noticed someone else on this thread said the same thing back in June. I went to the FreshPet website and they don’t even have mention of the cat food.

    Does anyone else have news about this cat food? I wonder if it’s okay to give my cat the dog food?

    Thanks for any information.

    • Ingrid says:

      I think you can find Freshpet at Target now, Dorothy. And no, do not feed dog food to your cat – it’s lacking important nutrients such as taurine that cats require.

  30. AZ Laura says:

    My Frys (Kroger) grocery store appears to be closing out the bagged cat food. Safeway may still have it. I can get it at Walmart and they have a beef flavor in two pound bags for a little over $8.00. Still very pleased with the food. Over two years on it for my adult cat. I previously posted how well he does on it. I’m happy to say we added two male kittens to the family (bottle raised by yours truly) and they’re also on FreshPet Select. Ingrid, we’re still headed to Kenya so I alternate grain-free canned and kibble to get them used to it. I’ll be able to get those shipped overseas through diplomatic post office.

    I think the cats slightly prefer the chicken flavor over the beef. The only Target in town doesn’t carry it. I stock up when I find it–either flavor.

  31. Kris says:

    I too have been disappointed to learn that my Fred Meyer store is no longer carrying Fresh Pet for cats, and now only have the one for dogs. I did talk to Fresh Pet about 2 months ago, and they indicated that they will be offering a choice of a bigger bag for cats (which sounds to me like they’re going to keep making it ???)… so then I was sorry to see my store discontinue the cat food all together.

    I really want to keep feeding this food! My two cats who eat it are happier and healthier with this food, and they are both very picky about what they will eat. Sigh. I haven’t checked our Safeway… I’m planning to call them, plus both Fred Meyer and Fresh Pet and see what is up… I’ll let you know here whatever I find.

  32. Ingrid says:

    I contacted Freshpet to get a definitive answer for you regarding the availability of the product. Here’s what the Freshpet rep said:

    “Thanks everyone for your questions about our Roasted Meals! We’re sorry about any inconvenience to you or your kitties, but we want to assure you we are not discontinuing our Roasted Meals for cats. We’re currently in the process of switching from 1LB bags to 2LB bags of our Chicken and Chicken & Beef recipes in stores like Fred Meyer and Kroger to make feeding Freshpet even easier. Some stores have been out of the Roasted Meals temporarily until the new 2LB bags arrive, which should be in stores this week. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 866.789.FRESH (3737). Thanks!”

  33. Laura says:

    Does anyone know if Freshpet helps with cats constipation.

    • Ingrid says:

      If your cat has ongoing issues with constipation, and if you haven’t already done so, you need to take her to your vet for a thorough exam, as chronic constipation can be an indicator of serious health problems. There is no single food that helps with constipation. Moist food may help, and Freshpet does have more moisture than dry food, but not as much as canned food. If your cats like Freshpet, but you have issues with constipation, you can try adding some canned pumpkin (the plain kind, not the pie filling). This also works with canned food. Try 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon per meal.

  34. Anne-marie says:

    Dos anyone know if Freshpet Nature’s Fresh™ Whole Meals will be ok for my cat that have irritable bowel syndrome disease. He CANT tolerate cat kibble.. he only tolerate raw food and some simply meald that I cook for him.

    • Ingrid says:

      Since Freshpet is gently cooked, it may be okay for your IBD kitty, Anne-marie. However, if he’s doing well on raw and homecooked, I probably would stick with that. If you decide to try Freshpet, I’d introduce very slowly and gradually.

    • June says:

      My Maggie came to us from a very bad first few months of her life, a hoarding situation with 100 cats! She had terrible digestive problems and at about 8 months, had constant diarrhea for the first two months we had her. The vet tried supplements, special diets, pills…nothing helped one bit. Then I came across Freshpet and she was regular within a day. Amazing and I believe the food saved her life. She and her sister have been on Freshpet for two years now (the bagged version) and they both are healthy and happy. Certainly worth giving it a try!

  35. Sneakers meowmy says:

    My 16-year-old kitty has CKD. I’m doing the search for the safest diet. Protein with low phosphorous is a must and healthy low carbs with plenty of water content. No grains. Mo additives. Has anyone else had success with this food for cats with failing kidneys?

  36. jessica says:

    Our two cats have been on fresh pet roasted meals (pouch] for 4 months. We immediately noticed a change in gas and bowel movements that was great…almost odor free….that alone is worth any additional cost. Their coat health improved and they love it. We have treat weeks where we substitute out fresh cooked chicken and salmon to give them variety and they have zero issue going right back to fresh pet. We have been very pleased with this food.

  37. Minda says:

    My 16 yr old cat only has diarrhea. Nothing has worked. Tried the fresh pet in the wet kibble in the am and Candida canned at night. She pooped solid for the first time in a year today. Stopped dry food 2 weeks ago and started this routine 3 days ago. She purrs while eating the fresh pet. She doesn’t even purr when she gets tuna as a treat! I’m sold!

  38. Tee "n" the Wildlife says:

    I just bought three 1-pound bags of Freshpet Vital Chicken and Whitefish at Pet SuppliesPlus and my eight (count ‘em, eight!) little darlings just love it! Boys and girls, they range in age from two to seven years. I’ve been in the process of changing their food from canned, as Wellness Core chicken canned and Nature’s Variety Chicken canned seem to have changed of late and the kitties were not happy at all, even when I added Nature’s Variety Limited Ingredient Turkey kibble “garnish” on the top. I’m so happy the little sweeties are loving it! I just need to find some store where I can buy 14 bags at a time–to last a week–instead of running all over to find it. I also hope they come out with larger bags for big families.

    On a related note, I also bought the little dearies some Nature’s Variety frozen little chicken nuggets for them to try and the cats were not thrilled. I also Cooke a bit of it to see if that would improve the taste and, instead, it smelled really dreadful: like ground turkey! Not good like ground chicken.

    I really prefer the Freshpet Vital! Smells good, really simple to use, and no tons of cans in my weekly recycling. I’ll be so happy to see larger bags of it!

  39. Tee "n" the Wildlife says:

    A correction: that’s “cooked” not “Cooke.” Go figure!

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