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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet to thrive. Their systems aren’t designed to digest carbohydrates. A raw diet is one of the best ways to fulfill cats’ nutritional requirements, but raw food, even a commercially prepared raw diet, may exceed the comfort level for some cat parents. I don’t think it’s necessary to take an “all or nothing” stand when it comes to feline nutrition, but I do believe that it is important to feed our cats a diet that is as minimally processed as possible.

A minimally processed, gently cooked diet is a great option if you want to feed food that’s as fresh as possible, but aren’t comfortable feeding raw.

About Smalls

Smalls uses human-grade USDA certified ingredients that are humanely-harvested and sustainably-sourced from the US or Canada. Their products do not contain BPAs, preservatives, fillers, or mystery-ingredients. All Smalls meals are grain-free. They add veggies and a supplement mix for vitamins and minerals.

Smalls fresh meals come in three flavors: Smooth Bird (chicken), Other Bird (turkey and chicken liver) and Cow.

Smalls also offers a freeze dried raw food in chicken, turkey and duck flavors.

Smalls will design a customized meal plan for your cat when you order, taking into account your cat’s age, weight, neutered status, health issues, and body type to recommend the amount of food you’ll need to feed.


Putting Smalls to the test

Smalls is shipped frozen 11.5 ounce chubs, and feeding is as simple as thaw and serve. Our shipment even included a convenient plastic container to thaw the chub. It takes about 24 hours to thaw in the fridge. Once it’s thawed, simply cut one end of the casing and squeeze the food into the container. Scooping out meal sized portions is super easy. I’ve been vegetarian for a very long time, but the smell of the food reminded me of my mom’s chicken casserole dinners. It definitely smells like real food.


The texture of the food is very much like canned pate style foods.

I wish I could report that Allegra loved this food, but she just wasn’t very interested in it. She’s used to raw food, and while she eats an occasional canned meal, I guess this food is just too different from what she’s used to.

Even though Allegra didn’t like Smalls, I still think this is a great option if you’re looking for a minimally processed food, and I’d encourage you to give it a try.

Try a sampler of Smalls

To try Smalls, click “get started” on their website and answer a few questions about your cat. Once you decide on the plan you’d like to try, they’ll send you a variety of samples at 25% off the regular subscription price.

For more information about Smalls, and to order, please visit

*FTC Disclosure: The Conscious Cat is an affiliate partner of Smalls. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves. I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee to feature these products. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra’s honest and unbiased opinion. 

3 Comments on Review: Smalls Fresh Food for Cats

  1. Had the same results here, one cat was willing to eat a little, the other won’t touch it, absolutely refuses. Really disappointing since it seems like very good food.

  2. I finally found a wet food that the cats love…it is from Weruva called Paw Lickin’ chicken, and it has only boneless chicken breast and broth, nothing else.
    They also get dry food and I put nutritional yeast flakes on it with every meal. That addition has kept them from getting any fleas or ticks, and they are both outdoor cats.
    And something I get from treats’ section is freeze dried chicken or wild caught salmon, just one ingredient, from Whole Life Pet..
    They are fourteen, healthy and have shiny coats.

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