MeatMe Cat Food Review

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MeatMe pet food are raw frozen foods made in the United States. The company prides itself on being USDA-certified organic, certified humane, and non-GMO Project Verified. The company makes both dog and cat foods. Find out more about MeatMe in our unbiased review.

The We’re All About Cats Standard – Rating MeatMe On What Matters

We have analyzed MeatMe and rated it according to our standards here at We’re All About Cats. Our grades are based on the species-appropriateness of the food, the quality of the ingredients, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. You can read more about our ratings here.

Here are our ratings for MeatMe in these key areas:

Ratings

  • Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 8/10
  • Product Variety – 6/10
  • Price – 6/10
  • Customer Experience – 7/10
  • Recall History – 9/10

Overall Score: 7.1/10

We give MeatMe cat food a 44 out of 60 rating or a B grade.

About MeatMe

MeatMe pet foods come from the Ayrshire Farm in Virginia. If you live in the mid-Atlantic region you may be familiar with the farm’s brand. They have sold meats for humans for many years. All of the animals used for protein in their pet foods are raised on their farm. They use sustainable, ethical farming practices.

Since 2001, the farm has followed the standards of the Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) organization. All meat products are fully traceable from farm to bowl.

MeatMe cat foods are organic, frozen foods. They are available in 1-lb bags (8 nuggets), 5-lb bags (40 nuggets), and 10-lb bags (80 nuggets). Each nuggets weighs about two ounces and is equivalent to about a three-ounce can of cat food. The nuggets need to be slowly thawed (in the refrigerator) before you feed them to your cat. They can be served to your cat for several days after they are thawed.

Note that the rabbit is not certified humane because there are no certified humane standards for rabbit. However, MeatMe and Ayrshire Farm have developed their own standards for raising rabbits that are in line with certified humane rearing.

All raw frozen MeatMe recipes meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Nutrient Profiles for “All Life Stages.”

MeatMe doesn’t use HPP, irradiation, or any kind of pasteurization. Their food is really raw.

Along with their cat and dog foods, MeatMe also makes Toppers to enhance meals, Nibbles (snacks), and jerky treats for dogs (which they say can be fed to cats). These are all single-ingredient, dehydrated treats made from the same certified organic, certified humane, non-GMO protein sources as their foods.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

The Ayrshire Farm is located in historic Upperville, Virginia. It is a working farm that is certified organic. It specializes in many rare and endangered forms of livestock. Among the rare breeds are Shire horses, Scottish Highland cattle, Ancient White Park cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs, and several breeds of free-range chickens, turkeys, and ducks. They also work with heirloom plants and crops.

MeatMe has their own abattoir on the farm.

Certifications for the farm and MeatMe include:

  • Certified Organic in Virginia since 1999
  • USDA Certified Organic via Oregon Tilth since 2005 (includes Non-GMO Project Verification)
  • Certified Humane® since 2004
  • Non-GMO Project Verified beef and poultry since 2013
  • Third-party inspected abattoir
  • Savory Institute Hub
  • Predator-Friendly Certified Farming since 2002
  • Member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition

MeatMe pet foods offer a fairly limited number of meat proteins because they only use meats that are raised on their farm or by local partners. They don’t have exotic proteins.

Has MeatMe Cat Food Been Recalled?

We did not find any recalls for MeatMe pet foods online. There were several statements online saying that MeatMe has never had a recall, at least since 2009 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began to seriously track pet food recalls.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does MeatMe Offer?

MeatMe cat foods are raw frozen nuggets. The nuggets are about two-ounces and come in several different package sizes. According to MeatMe, they are all complete and balanced and made for all life stages.

At this time, MeatMe offers three different raw cat food recipes:

The animals for these meat proteins are born and raised in the U.S. on the Ayrshire farm in Virginia and on carefully selected partner farms.

The chicken and turkey formulas are made with certified organic, Certified Humane, and Non-GMO Project Verified meats. The rabbit-based recipe is made with rabbits that are humanely raised and handled (there is no current certified humane standard for raising rabbits).

All of the recipes include whole food ingredients, responsibly-sourced supplements, and no fillers or artificial preservatives.

MeatMe Cat Food Reviews

#1 MeatMe Rabbit Recipe for Cats Cat Food Review

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We chose the MeatMe Rabbit Recipe for Cats to review because chicken and even turkey can sometimes be allergens for pets. If you want to try a different meat protein for your cat, rabbit might be a possibility.

The main ingredients in this food are rabbit with ground bone, rabbit liver, organic sunflower seed, organic pumpkin seed, organic whole egg, inulin, cod liver oil, dried celery, dried kelp, rabbit heart, and taurine, along with added vitamins and minerals. MeatMe uses proteinated minerals which are generally easier for animals to absorb.

Rabbit is high in protein and low in fat. It has a higher percentage of protein per pound than most other domestic protein such as chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, and pork. Your cat may love it. Rabbit liver should appeal to your cat, too, along with rabbit heart. Liver is loaded with iron and vitamin A. The heart is rich in folate, iron, zinc, and selenium. It’s also a great source of the B-complex vitamins. Organ meats are very nutrient-rich and good for your cat.

Organic sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are likely added for two reasons. They provide oil and fiber for your cat. Some brands of cat food add sunflower oil. Adding the seeds will add roughage or fiber to the diet, too. Sunflowers add vitamins A, D, E, and B complex along with unsaturated fats, iron, and zinc. They even add some extra protein.

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of fiber. They also add vitamin A, vitamin B6, copper, zinc, and beta-carotene to the diet. They are good for the digestive system overall. A little pumpkin has long been a remedy for both constipation and for diarrhea.

Whole egg adds more protein.

Inulin is a prebiotic found in many pet foods. It’s a starchy substance that comes from lots of fruits and vegetables. It’s often obtained by soaking chicory roots in hot water. It’s also good for your cat’s digestion.

Cod liver oil is high in both vitamin A and omega fatty acids. And, unlike many fish oils, cod liver oil is also high in vitamin D.

This recipe provides 50 kcal/ounce or 1750 kcal/kg.

Nutritional values for this recipe are Protein 16.9%, Fat 10.73%, Fibre 1.17% Moisture 62.31%.

We can convert these figures into the dry matter basis for the food. This means removing the water from the figures to see what remains. If we do this we find that the food contains 44.8 percent protein, 28.5 percent fat, 3.1 percent fiber, and 7.7 percent carbohydrates.

This MeatMe recipe has a high fat percentage, despite using rabbit as the primary protein.

Ingredients

Rabbit With Ground Bone, Rabbit Liver, Organic Sunflower Seed, Organic Pumpkin Seed, Organic Whole Egg, Inulin, Cod Liver Oil, Dried Celery, Dried Kelp, Rabbit Heart, And Taurine, Added Vitamins And Minerals.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 18%
Crude Fat: 11.4%
Crude Fiber: 1.2%
Moisture: 66.3%
Ash: 3.1%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 48.6%
Fat: 30.8%
Fiber: 3.4%
Carbs: 17.2%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 34.5%
Fat: 53.2%
Carbs: 12.2%

Ingredients We Liked: Rabbit liver, rabbit heart, inulin, taurine

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: A little high in fat if your cat has any health issues that would make this a problem

Common Allergens: Whole egg

Pros

  • Non-GMO, sustainable practices
  • No artificial ingredients
  • Expensive but costs less than most other similar quality cat foods

Cons

  • Small selection of meat proteins
  • Nothing on the web site about who formulates the foods
  • Mixed customer reviews

What Do Customers Think Of MeatMe Cat Food?

We found a variety of reviews for MeatMe cat foods on Chewy.com. They ranged from 1-star to 5-star ratings. Some customers raved about the food and how their cats loved it. Other customers said their cats wouldn’t eat it.

It is important to remember that MeatMe is a frozen food. Some customers were transitioning their cats from kibble to raw for the first time so that might have contributed to the problems.

However, more than 90 percent of customers said that they would recommend MeatMe.

Positive Reviews

Definitely worth it!

By Cheryl on Dec 23, 2020

He enjoys every bite! It’s definitely worth every penny!

Licks the plate clean!

By Bobb on Jul 9, 2021

My Sphynx will eat anything, but her digestive system is not quite as easy to please. She loves MeatMe and so does her gut! In other words her stools are nice and solid with no odor. So, she licks the plate clean and you have a happy owner.

Negative Reviews

Cats turn their nose up at it

By Natural on Jul 25, 2021

My cats have eaten dry food and I researched for the right food to feed cats, being carnivores, and it is recommended raw’ish food for cats. I’m trying to transition my cats to better food and they only sniff and walk away. I have tried heating it up and little bits at a time but they aren’t having anything to do with it; the only canned food they will eat is small bits of pate or just lick the broth. So, I will donate it to the local cat cafe and hopefully their cats will eat it.

Will not touch it

By TwoKitties on May 21, 2021

I tried this as one of my cat’s favorite food has been discontinued. This product was well-packaged and arrived quickly. It was packed with dry ice and was still extremely frozen. I give two stars for the good packaging and healthy ingredients. Unfortunately neither cat will touch it. I’ve tried everything, from mixing it with their favorite treats to hiding it under their favorite food.

Neither cat will go near their food bowl when this food is presented. It also has a strange brown outer layer, while the inside is pink. It makes me wonder if the outside of the food blocks are freezer-burned. I’ve even tried to cut off the brown layer and only give the cats the inside part of the food block but they won’t eat that either. I will be buying new food again…

How Much Does MeatMe Cat Food Cost?

On Chewy.com, a 5-lb bag of the chicken or turkey recipe costs $45.99. The 10-lb bag costs $87.99. (They cost a little less with autoship.) The rabbit formula is higher. The 5-lb rabbit formula is $67.99 while the 10-lb bag costs $134.99.

Overall, Is MeatMe Cat Food A Good Choice?

Yes, MeatMe frozen, organic cat foods appear to be good quality products.

How Do You Order MeatMe Cat Food?

MeatMe cat foods and some other MeatMe products are sold through Chewy.com. Some of their products are also sold on Amazon.com.

You can also buy MeatMe at some local and regional markets in Virginia and surrounding states.

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About Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta Cooper is a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine DN Dog News. She's the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, a Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) award winner. In addition, she is an American Kennel Club Gazette breed columnist and is the author of several books about dogs. She has been reviewing pet foods and writing about dog food for more than 10 years.

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