Fromm Cat Food Review

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We’ve taken a close look at Fromm and graded it according to the We’re All About Cats standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, product variety, price, ingredient quality, customer experience, and recall history.

The We’re All About Cats 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.

Ratings

  • 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.

About Fromm

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.

Recall History

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.

Four-Star

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.

Gold

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-

#1 Fromm Four-Star Game Bird Recipe Dry Cat Food Review

Fromm FourStar Cat Food Gamebird (5 lb)

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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.

Ingredients

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.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 35%
Crude Fat: 17%
Crude Fiber: 6%
Moisture: 10%
Ash: 7.51%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 38.89%
Fat: 18.89%
Fiber: 6.67%
Carbs: 27.21%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 34.73%
Fat: 40.97%
Carbs: 24.3%

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

Pros

  • Rich in species-appropriate animal ingredients
  • Free from artificial ingredients
  • Contains a variety of animal ingredients not found in other foods

Cons

  • High in carbohydrates
  • Uses pea protein as a concentrated source of plant protein
  • Fairly expensive

#2 Fromm Four Star Chicken & Duck Pâté Canned Cat Food Review

Fromm Four Star Duck/Chicken Canned Cat Food Can

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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.

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Duck, Flaxseed, Tomato Paste, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Minerals, Xanthan Gum, Dried Egg Product, Locust Bean Gum, Taurine, Vitamins.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 10%
Crude Fat: 7%
Crude Fiber: 1.5%
Moisture: 78%
Ash: 2.42%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 45.45%
Fat: 31.82%
Fiber: 6.82%
Carbs: 4.91%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 35.61%
Fat: 60.54%
Carbs: 3.85%

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Duck

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Flaxseed, Salt

Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs

Pros

  • Rich in species-appropriate animal protein
  • Low carbohydrate content
  • Virtually no protein from plants

Cons

  • Contains some added plant ingredients
  • Somewhat expensive

#3 Fromm Gold Holistic Adult Dry Cat Food Review

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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.

Ingredients

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.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 32%
Crude Fat: 18%
Crude Fiber: 4.5%
Moisture: 10%
Ash: 6.18%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 35.56%
Fat: 20%
Fiber: 5%
Carbs: 32.58%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 30.47%
Fat: 41.62%
Carbs: 27.91%

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

Pros

  • Contains multiple sources of animal protein
  • Free from artificial additives
  • Chicken fat and salmon oil as species-appropriate fat sources

Cons

  • 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:

Positive Reviews

“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

Negative Reviews

“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.

Click here to shop for Fromm cat food on Amazon

About Mallory Crusta

Mallory is the Head of Content at All About Cats. Having produced and managed multimedia content across several pet-related domains, Mallory is dedicated to ensuring that the information on All About Cats is accurate, clear, and engaging. When she’s not reviewing pet products or editing content, Mallory enjoys skiing, hiking, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She has two cats, Wessie and Forest.

17 thoughts on “Fromm Cat Food Review

  1. GINA DIFLORIO

    I’d like to know if any Fromm cat food product are specifically formulated for geriatric cats recently diagnosed with some renal onset and hyperthyroidism. Please advise. My cat tried a sample and loves it but I need to be sure the ingreduents aren’t too rich for her issues. She is 18 years old.

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hello Gina,

      Fromm doesn’t manufacture any diets formulated for specific health conditions. On their site, Fromm explains that “Our recipes are often used as a supplement or replacement for certain types of prescription diets, but you should always check with your vet first to assure your pet’s needs are being adequately met. To aid your discussion of Fromm products with your veterinarian, be sure to contact us for a printable detailed analysis of each recipe.”

      In addition to a consultation with your veterinarian, you may find the following articles helpful:

      Best Cat Food for Kidney Disease: https://allaboutcats.com/best-cat-food-for-kidney-disease
      Best Cat Food for Hyperthyroidism: https://allaboutcats.com/best-cat-food-for-hyperthyroidism

      Hope this helps you find food that both you and your cat love.

      Take care,

      Mallory

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  2. Jennifer Gross

    My cat had very good results from Fromm. My cat was an approximately 1 years old and was feral. He was rescued and this sweet, darling cat came into my life. His stomach was messed up. He had gas that would knock you out. His stomach was distended. The vet recommended Fromm. After about four months on this food, I am happy to report my cat’s stomach was healed. He is a healthy, thriving cat.

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  3. NM

    I don’t think this one has been fairly reviewed. An awful lot of points were taken off for being expensive, but there are some highly rated brands that have been recommended that are double the cost! Namely, the brand that uses gelatin as a bonding agent.

    I do feed this food to both my cat and my dog. Every time I’ve tried to switch I notice a difference in general appearance and energy level right away. This review did solidify my opinion further given the outstanding recall history, and the knowledgable people that started the brand are impressive.
    I do agree with the expensive cost being burdensome, I just didn’t feel the points taken off were done fairly in comparison with the other aforementioned.

    Thanks for this site, it has been very useful!

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    1. Mallory Crusta Post author

      NM, thank you for the thoughtful and observant comment. This was one of the first brands we reviewed and our rating system wasn’t as stable as it is today—I made sure to review it a moment ago to confirm that everything looks right. Having done that, I believe the 5/10 score on price was fair relative to the other reviews on the site, but I decided to bump up the product variety and species-appropriateness scores to 8 and 7, respectively. It sounds like Fromm works well for your pets, so thank you for your insights.

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  4. Joe Comeford

    What is a better cat food brand for adult to senior cats? I am new to cats and really don’t know one brand from another. I am aware of Purina.

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  5. Jim

    You need catagory for sourcing ingredients from China ( very bad) vs US, New Zealand or other good places.

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  6. Laura

    They have since changed their formula of game bird for the worse. Now the main ingredient is Turkey and it contains new things like chickpeas. My cat has been less enthusiastic about eating it and has increased hairball frequency.

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  7. Jessica Romero

    What would you review today? would it still have the same review? I feed my cat a balance of both wet food and dry food, I got this brand from a neighbor and my cat instantly loved it more than his old dry food. I would mix in his regular dry food and fromm and he somehow always managed to only eat the fromm dry food xD Im planning on changing to fromm since he already seems to love it but I want to see if it could be beneficial for his health.

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    1. Mallory Crusta Post author

      Hi there! Fromm’s recipes have changed somewhat since this food was initially reviewed, but it appears that they’ve maintained the same quality standards we saw when this brand was first reviewed. We will have to do an in-depth update in order to give you the latest information on this brand.

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  8. Nikki

    Hold on… this company has ONE recall in 70 years and you gave it a 6/10 rating on recall history?!
    That’s not right…

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  9. Lisa Latimer

    My cat Vita loves the Game Bird, but I just discovered Fromm Four Star Ultra Premium Grain-Free Cat Food Beef Liváttini Veg Recipe. This is usually not available in most brick and mortar stores. I wonder how this one would rank. I am thinking of buying it, just for some variety. Is it fairly similar to all of the other grain free recipes from this company?

    Thanks

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    1. Mallory Crusta Post author

      Hello Lisa, thank you for commenting! I recognize the name Vita—do you also watch the YouTube channel? Regardless, it’s great to have you here. To answer your question, yes, this beef-focused food is very similar to their other grain-free recipes, so the overall impressions in this review also apply to this particular recipe.

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