Open Farm Cat Food Review

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Our Review Process

Our reviews are based on extensive research and, when possible, hands-on testing. Each time you make a purchase through one of our independently-chosen links, we’ll receive a percentage of the proceeds. Read more about how we’re supported here.

We’ve rated Open Farm on ingredient quality, species-appropriateness, recalls, and more. Read our Open Farm cat food review to learn how this brand stacks up.

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating Open Farm 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 – 8/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 9/10
  • Product Variety – 8/10
  • Price – 7/10
  • Customer Experience – 8/10
  • Recall History – 10/10

Overall Score: 8.5/10

In total, we give Open Farm cat food a 50 out of 60 rating or an A- grade.

Open Farm Cat Food Explained

As part of our review process, we’ve submitted samples to an independent lab. You can see the full report here, here and here.

In addition to performing our own qualitative analysis of the brands reviewed here, we submitted samples for analysis at an ISO 17025 certified food testing and analysis lab.

We bought the products at full retail price, and the entire testing process was funded by All About Cats without direct input or influence from the companies involved.

Analytical testing in a food chemistry lab gives us the exact macronutrient and micronutrient content of each recipe. The tests also look at microbial content, yeast, mold, and heavy metals, helping you ensure that you’re only putting the best in your cat’s bowl.

To access the lab reports for each food reviewed here, click the “view lab report” link in the product review.

How We Review Cat Food

To review Open Farm, we spent hours researching the brand, learning about its history and product lineup. We studied the company’s sourcing and manufacturing practices and scoured recall databases for reports related to safety issues. To understand how other customers feel about the brand, we read dozens of customer reviews, identifying any common patterns or trends.

Finally, our reviewer independently purchased several packages of Open Farm cat food and tried it out with their cats, taking notes on palatability, texture, smell, and more.

Based on this research and hands-on testing, we’ve rated the brand according to the All About Cats Standard. Learn more about the Standard here.

About Open Farm

The story of Open Farm began with a rescue dog named Bella. Immediately upon adopting Bella, Jacqueline Prehogan, co-founder of Open Farm, set out to find a natural, nutritious pet food that would help her grow up strong, happy, and healthy. Appalled at the number of pet food on the market that were filled with ingredients that compromised her standards for transparency, sustainability, and animal welfare, Prehogan decided to create her ideal pet food herself.

Prehogan partnered with her husband Isaac and brother-in-law Derek to engage in years of research before starting Open Farm. Not only did they change the ingredients in their pet food, but they completely re-envisioned the way it was made. Focusing on high-quality ingredients and supporting farmers who treat their animals right, Open Farm also provides full transparency to their customers.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

Open Farm’s core values are transparency, premium nutrition, and ethical sourcing. These values guide every decision they make from how they procure ingredients to how they package their products.

Open Farm uses only the highest quality, ethically sourced ingredients including humanely raised meat that is free from antibiotics and growth hormones as well as non-GMO fruits and veggies.

While Open Farm is a Canadian company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, their manufacturing facilities are located in Minnesota in the U.S. All of their formulation and recipe development is done in Canada but their products are made in the USA to facilitate their local ingredient sourcing program.

Recall History

Though Open Farm is a Canadian company, their products are manufactured in the USA and therefore subject to FDA regulations. To the best of our knowledge, Open Farm has never had a product recalled.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Open Farm Offer?

Open Farm currently offers a selection of dry cat food, wet cat food, and bone broths. Their dry food formulas are packed with real animal-based protein and low in carbohydrates, making them highly appealing to your carnivore’s tastes and senses.

Their wet food formulas are made with 100% human-grade ingredients including ethically and sustainably sourced meat. These recipes are sold in 5.5-ounce cardboard cartons, making them easy to serve and resealable for convenience.

In addition to their dry cat food and wet cat food products, Open Farm offers three types of bone broth: chicken, turkey, and grass-fed beef. These are sold in resealable 12-ounce pouches.

What Do Customers Think of Open Farm Cat Food?

Each of Open Farm’s cat food products has over 100 customer reviews on the brand website and most carry at least 4 stars out of a possible 5-star rating. Many customers comment that even their picky eaters seem to love the food, and some noticed an improvement in the quality of their cat’s coat.

Of the limited negative reviews, some customers simply found their cats didn’t like the product, but few had issues with the product themselves.

Let’s take a look at a few customer reviews from some of the most popular recipes from Open Farm.

Positive Reviews

“My cat ate dry food for the first time in preference to the canned food. It smells like its’ ingredients – you can tell the different flavors apart. The fact that the animals are raised humanely and this is a sustainable effort is important for me, and that’s why I happily pay more.”– NLH reviewing Open Farm Homestead Turkey & Chicken Grain-Free Dry Food

“My cats enjoyed this food. I have a cat that is allergic to just about every food on the market so it’s very hard to find something she is able to digest without getting sick. This food is not only sourced ethically and naturally, but it has nothing she’s allergic to in it!”Brianne Thomas reviewing Open Farm Wild-Caught Salmon Grain-Free Dry Food

Negative Reviews

“She ate small amounts (compared to the amount she usually eats) about three times and then would not touch it anymore. Gave it away.” Gray Vegan reviewing Open Farm Catch-of-the-Season Grain-Free Dry Food

“Cats do not eat vegetables!!! Pumpkin is a vegetable which contains a lot starch!!! Don’t know why the company even put coconut oil in the cat food. For that reason, I think this cat food is overpriced and probably won’t buy it again.” Joyce Huang reviewing Open Farm Pasture-Raised Lamb Grain-Free Dry Food

What Did Our Test Cats Think?

Open Farm Cat Food Review Testing

Overall, my test cats seemed to enjoy Open Farm cat food. They dug eagerly into the dry food and loved the wet food as well. All of the products tested had a strong meaty aroma my test cats found very appealing.

Personally, I appreciated the thought Open Farm puts into their packaging. Their bags of dry food are designed to sit upright and their wet food is packaged in resealable cardboard cartons.

Open Farm Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypeMain Protein SourceCaloriesPrice Per OunceOur Grade
Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe Dry Cat FoodDrySalmon470 kcal/cup$0.34A-
Pasture-Raised Lamb Recipe Dry Cat FoodDryLamb470 kcal/cup$0.36A-
Herring and Mackerel Rustic Blend Wet Cat FoodWetHerring750 kcal/kg$0.48A

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View Lab Report

This dry food formula features three high-quality sources of animal-based protein as the top three ingredients: wild Pacific salmon, ocean whitefish meal, and ocean herring meal.

We also love that this recipe includes two animal-based sources of added fat (herring and salmon oils), though the primary source is plant-based (coconut oil).

What we don’t like about this recipe is that it includes a significant number of plant ingredients include some which are high in plant-based proteins (garbanzo beans and red lentils). These ingredients contribute to a fairly high carbohydrate content estimated around 25%.

Overall, this is a protein-packed dry food rich in essential fatty acids, but it has an above-average carbohydrate content and is low in moisture.

Ingredients

Wild Pacific Salmon, Ocean Whitefish Meal, Ocean Herring Meal, Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), Red Lentils, Coconut Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Herring Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Pumpkin, Natural Flavor, Green Lentils, Salmon Oil, Non-GMO Cranberries, Chicory Root, Apples, Dandelion Greens, Choline Chloride, Salt, Turmeric, Dried Yucca, Schidigera Extract, Potassium Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Taurine, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 41%
Crude Fat: 20%
Crude Fiber: 3%
Moisture: 8%
Ash: 8%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 44.57%
Fat: 21.74%
Fiber: 3.26%
Carbs: 21.74%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 37.42%
Fat: 44.33%
Carbs: 18.25%
Ingredients We LikedIngredients We Didn’t LikeCommon Allergens
Salmon

Ocean Whitefish Meal

Ocean Herring Meal

Herring Oil

Salmon Oil

Garbanzo Beans

Red Lentils

Coconut Oil

Fish

Pros

  • Two sources of animal-based fat (herring and salmon oils)
  • Contains several sources of animal-based protein
  • Free from fillers, by-products, and artificial additives

Cons

  • Doesn’t contain the moisture your cat needs
  • Contains some plant-based protein

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This dry food formula features lamb as the first ingredient but is otherwise incredibly similar to the previous recipe.

In addition to pasture-raised lamb, it contains both ocean whitefish meal and herring meal as well as a number of plant ingredients, including some rich in plant-based protein. The estimated carbohydrate content of this formula is similar, around 25%.

Where this recipe improves upon the previous is in the inclusion of herring oil as the first and primary source of added fat. Sunflower oil appears later in the list but isn’t high enough to be considered a main ingredient.

Overall, this is a protein-rich formula made with high-quality ingredients but it is still fairly high in carbohydrates and isn’t a single-source protein recipe which could be an issue for cats with allergies.

Ingredients

Humanely Raised Lamb, Ocean Whitefish Meal, Herring Meal, Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), Red Lentils, Herring Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Green Lentils, Pumpkin, Natural Flavor, Non-GMO Cranberries, Dried Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Apples, Dandelion Greens, Choline Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Turmeric, Sunflower Oil, Dried Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate, Rosemary Extract, Coconut Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols).

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 41%
Crude Fat: 20%
Crude Fiber: 3%
Moisture: 8%
Ash: 8%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 44.57%
Fat: 21.74%
Fiber: 3.26%
Carbs: 21.74%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 37.42%
Fat: 44.33%
Carbs: 18.25%
Ingredients We LikedIngredients We Didn’t LikeCommon Allergens
Lamb

Ocean Whitefish Meal

Herring Meal

Herring Oil

Garbanzo Beans

Red Lentils

Green Lentils

Fish

Pros

  • Contains several sources of real animal protein
  • Main source of added fat is animal-based (herring oil)
  • Free from fillers, by-products, and artificial additives

Cons

  • Not a single-source protein formula
  • Doesn’t contain the moisture your cat needs
  • Contains some plant-based protein

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This wet cat food formula features ocean herring and mackerel as the top two ingredients and the sole sources of animal-based protein. Like the dry foods above, this formula contains some plant ingredients that contain a significant amount of protein like red lentils and garbanzo beans.

As is true with many high-quality cat food brands, Open Farm wet food is much lower in carbohydrate content and higher in protein than their dry foods. This recipe is estimated under 5% carbohydrates, but we’re still a little bit confused by the number of plant-based ingredients.

Overall, this is an animal-based wet food high in protein and moisture with moderate fat and low carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Ocean Herring & Mackerel, Water Sufficient For Processing, Pumpkin, Carrots, Spinach, Red Lentils, Agar Agar, Non-GMO Cranberries, Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), Chicory Root, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Salt, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Dandelion Greens, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Turmeric.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 8.1%
Crude Fat: 4.74%
Crude Fiber: 0.97%
Moisture: 82%
Ash: 1.43%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 45%
Fat: 26.33%
Fiber: 5.39%
Carbs: 15.33%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 36.21%
Fat: 51.46%
Carbs: 12.34%
Ingredients We LikedIngredients We Didn’t LikeCommon Allergens
Ocean Herring

Mackerel

 

Pumpkin

Carrots

Spinach

Red Lentils

Agar Agar

Fish

Pros

  • Packed with high-quality animal protein
  • Rich in moisture, good for your cat’s digestion
  • Free from artificial additives, fillers, and by-products

Cons

  • Contains several plant-based ingredients
  • Made with some thickener (agar agar)

How Much Does Open Farm Cat Food Cost?

Because it is made with high-quality, ethically sourced ingredients, Open Farm is a fairly expensive pet food. Their dry foods average around $0.35 per ounce and their wet foods are closer to $0.50 per ounce. For the average cat who eats about 2 to 2.5 ounces of food per day, the estimated daily cost for Open Farm cat food is between $0.70 and $1.00 per day.

Overall, Is Open Farm Cat Food A Good Choice?

Generally speaking, Open Farm appears to be a trustworthy brand that has the best interest of pets in mind. Not only do they use high-quality, ethically sourced ingredients, but they offer complete transparency about the sourcing of those ingredients. Their recipes all feature a humanely raised or wild-caught source of animal-based protein as the first ingredient as well.

The complaints we have about this brand primarily have to do with the use of plant-based ingredients. All of the dry food and wet food recipes we reviewed contains plant-based proteins like red lentils and garbanzo beans as well as various fruits and veggies. Given the fact these recipes also contain an extensive list of nutritional supplements anyway, we’re not sure these ingredients are necessary.

*The Nutrient Profile charts listed on this page are based on Nutrient Profiles published on the manufacturer’s official website

Where Is Open Farm Cat Food Sold?

You can find Open Farm cat food in specialty pet food stores and some small independent retailers. Online, Open Farm cat food is sold directly through the manufacturer’s website and on Amazon and PetFlow.

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About Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Also an avid dog lover and adoring owner of three cats, Kate’s love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care and nutrition. Kate is also a blogger for a number of organic and natural food companies as well as a columnist for several pet magazines.

19 thoughts on “Open Farm Cat Food Review

  1. K

    I wish more companies would say what the percentage of animal ingredients is, or that companies would do so consistently within their brand (Stella & Chewies does this for their raw but not regular). I find that to be very important because I don’t want to buy something that is majority vegetables and you have no way of knowing based on the label. That wet food is really high carbs for a wet food though.

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    1. Kate Barrington Post author

      We agree! It would make it so much easier to compare products across the board without having to get out your calculator.

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  2. Amy Berens

    Thank you for this review! I’ve been curious about this brand for a while. I don’t understand the addition of legumes or the use of coconut oil If they would change out these ingredients to be more species appropriate, this would be my go to wet food.

    Would you please do a review on Fussie Cat soon? That’s the other brand I’ve been interested in. Thanks!

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  3. ithar

    hello i was wondering if you could possibly review a cat food brand called Burgess. i havent seen a lot of food reviews on it and would like to see one from you guys if possible.

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  4. Shashank Badavanahalli Rajashekar

    Thanks for the comprehensive review, helps me make my decision using information rather than ratings or scores.
    I am not sure if the promo code is still active but when I use the code “FIRSTSUB20”, I get an error message saying “Enter a valid discount code or gift card”. Please let me know if the code has expired. Thanks!

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hi Shashank, thank you for bringing this to our attention. I’m having some issues with the Open Farm site myself, so I will run this by our contacts at Open Farm and see if we can figure this out for you. I’ll send you an email when we’ve found a solution.

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  5. Abigail

    Hi thanks for this really well done review. I loved the video as well. I am debating on switching my almost 14 year old Siamese to this wet food –in particular the chicken& turkey wet food flavors. And possible a dry food bag. But I always worry when it comes to newer companies about how complete their nutrition is. My partner said that vets tend to recommend big brand names because they have more pressure to perform well. I worry about nutrient deficiency, like taurine bring too low or something like this. Based on your experience, do you think it would be okay to switch to this brand? My cat responded well to both wet food flavors (picked it up at the store the other day to try it out). I think that I am currently feeding my cat too much fish food (three different Tiki Cat mousse packets, all some kind of fish, and the Feline Natural king salmon & lamb cans–I alternate so he gets a variety of flavors), but I have been reading that he should have more turkey/chicken/duck/rabbit. So I got worried that maybe I should give him other foods, and lessen the fish to maybe once a week. I also give him Orijen Fit & Trim (not too much, but about ~90cal worth in the evenings. he is on a strict calorie count to get him to loose weight..he’s doing pretty well so far). I appreciate your advice ! Thanks for all you do! This site is fantastic.

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hi Abigail, thanks for the comment! There are valid reasons to lean towards bigger companies—they tend to have a larger budget for everything from research and development to quality control. Many of the bigger, more vet-trusted brands perform feeding trials rather than just meeting AAFCO nutrient profiles, which means that they were trialed on real cats in a controlled environment. This can give us a higher level of confidence in their nutritional adequacy. However, all pet food companies, no matter how big or small, must comply with AAFCO’s nutrient profiles, and, frankly, no company wants to be caught making nutritionally inadequate or unsafe food. Larger companies may have more money, but that doesn’t mean they have more at stake. In fact, there are legitimate concerns about large pet food companies holding sway over the regulatory agencies involved—specifically, the FDA. So I wouldn’t be so quick to say that these companies are under more pressure to perform well. With that in mind, I wouldn’t be too scared of trying Open Farm. A newer company like this may not be as well-funded, but they will do their best to do everything right, and given the combination of conscientious sourcing and manufacturing facilities that meet the standards for human food production (in the case of their wet food), I think that there’s good reason to think that their food is trustworthy.

      I would agree that it’s a good idea to mix in something besides fish to maintain some nice variety in his diet, and there are plenty of options in this category—including, of course, Open Farm! I hope you’re able to find something that works for both of you soon.

      Best,

      Mallory

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      1. Abigail

        These are such great points. Thank you for your very helpful response! I think I will try the Open Farm, my cat did really like it. Thanks again 🙂

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  6. Aundrea

    My roommate cat Gracie developed an allergy to anything with chicken or beef products. Open farms is one of the few dry cat food that she can eat that has fish as their main source of protein. Thank you for developing this product.

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  7. Michael Basehart

    I reviewed the independent lab report for the Open Farm wet food, which you rated #1 for Persians (I have three). I need help interpreting the results. For example, the column headings are: Results, Min Det Limit, and Reporting Limit.

    The “Results” for Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend is 171, but what does that number reflect? It should be a %. The recommendation for low phosphorus diets is less than 1% on a wet and dry matter basis. Many of the cat foods that I have researched with low phosphorus content are junk food at best. The reason i selected Open Farm was because of your recommendation and the quality of the ingredients.

    However, I need to clearly understand the phosphorus content on a wet and dry basis. The Min Det Limit might be the phosphorus content (.16%), which, if true, is incredible for food not advertised for a restricted phosphorus diet. I am most concerned about the phosphorus % because high phosphorus is bad for kidneys.

    It would be helpful if each food analysis had a footer to explain what each column means and show both the wet and dry matter basis for all the wet foods.

    Thanks

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Michael, thank you for the thoughtful comment. We’re working on a page that will explain all of the test results, and I hope to have that live on all pages within the next couple of weeks. For now, I can provide some clarification on the phosphorus content here. Our food analysis lab returns phosphorus values measured in mg/100g of food rather than a percentage, and the minimum determining limit is the number of milligrams per 100g that their testing equipment can pick up. The reporting limit is the minimum amount that will show up in the report. So in this case, the phosphorus content is 173mg per 100g of food. To get some data that are easier to interpret and compare to standard guidelines, we need to do some conversions. I use this calculator. It tells us that the food has 188.04 mg phosphorus for every 100 kcals. This is above the minimum set by AAFCO for adult cats (125mg per 100kcals) and, naturally, well above the recommended 100mg or less per 100kcals (less than 1% of calories) for cats with kidney disease. However, you may be relieved to know that it’s within the recommended <250mg per 100kcals recommended for maintenance in older cats and those with early-stage renal failure.

      Again, I know the reports need some additional clarification. Hope this helps for now!

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  8. Hope

    The first lab report states 173 mg per 100g, the next two have numbers in the 1500 and 1700 range. If I am reading that correctly, is that excessively high or possibly unsafe? I am currently feeding Orijen for my cats dry but looking for an alternative. They appear to be in the 1200 range. Phosphorus in particular is not a present concern to me but I am worried about the effects of excess nutrients in general.

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hello Hope, that’s a good observation. The phosphorus content of the dry foods is unusually high, at 430mg per 100kcal and 456mg per 100kcal, respectively. While we don’t have a lot of knowledge on how much this can affect kidney health or any effect on other organs/systems, there is some evidence that continued intake of a high-phosphorus diet can be harmful. I’ll run it by Open Farm and our veterinary advisors to see if this is something we should flag on the site. Thanks!

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  9. Hope

    I’d like to add that in my first statement, the 1200 number was in reference to acana not orijen, my mistake. I have just begun down the rabbit hole of the best food/diet for my cats and it has been overwhelming to say the least.
    However, I’d like to thank you for your replies and the work on this site in general. By far it is the most dedicated and informative cat review site I have come across. It has been immensely helpful in making sense of it all and my go to resource now.

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