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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.
- Species-Appropriateness – 6/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 6/10
- Price – 5/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 6/10
Overall Score: 6.5/10
In total, we give Fromm cat food a 39 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.
Read on to find out more about Fromm and how we reached these conclusions.
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 on 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. The program aims to ensure that suppliers test all ingredients before they arrive at Fromm’s facilities.
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. None of their cat foods have been recalled.
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.
Fromm’s Four-Star line is “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.
Both dry and canned foods are included in this line.
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||Price per Ounce||Our Grade|
|Fromm Four-Star Gamebird Dry Cat Food||Dry||$0.41||C|
|Fromm Four Star Chicken & Duck Pâté Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.91||B|
|Fromm Gold Holistic Adult Dry Cat Food||Dry||$0.36||C|
Duck and duck meal appear to be the primary protein sources in this dry food.
This food is packed with multiple animal protein sources, including duck, duck meal, turkey, and dried whole egg, along with smaller amounts of chicken meal, turkey liver, chicken, quail, and pheasant.
It’s a grain-free food, but not a low-carb or low-plant one. The third ingredient is pea protein, which is a less biologically available protein source than meat sources. The recipe also includes peas, pea flour, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pea fiber, and traces of fruits and vegetables. Altogether, these ingredients contribute to the food’s approximate 36.5% carbohydrate content.
The food has moderate carbohydrate content, moderate fat, and high carbohydrate matter.
There are 447 calories in each cup of this food.
Duck, Duck Meal, Pea Protein, Turkey, Dried Whole Egg, Peas, Chicken Meal, Pea Flour, Dried Tomato Pomace, Potatoes, Chicken Broth, Turkey Liver, Quail, Sweet Potatoes, Salmon Oil, Chicken Fat, Chicken, Pea Fiber, Pheasant, Cheese, Flaxseed, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Apples, Green Beans, Chicken Cartilage, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Alfalfa Sprouts, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Parsley, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Vitamins, Minerals, Probiotics.
Fromm Four-Star Gamebird Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown
|Crude Protein||35% min|
|Crude Fat||18% min|
Ingredients We Liked: Duck, Turkey, Turkey Liver, Quail, Chicken Fat, Pheasant, Salmon Oil, Chicken Cartilage
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Pea Protein, Pea Flour, Potatoes
Common Allergens: Chicken, Egg, Dairy
- Rich in species-appropriate animal ingredients
- Free from artificial ingredients
- Contains a variety of animal ingredients not found in other foods
- High in carbohydrates
- Uses pea protein as a concentrated source of plant protein
Chicken appears to be the primary protein source in this canned cat food.
This canned cat food uses 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.
Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Duck, Flaxseed, Tomato Paste, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Minerals, Xanthan Gum, Dried Egg Product, Locust Bean
Fromm Four Star Chicken & Duck Pâté Canned Cat Food Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown
|Crude Protein||10.0% min|
|Crude Fat||7% min|
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Duck
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Flaxseed
Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs
- Rich in species-appropriate animal protein
- Low carbohydrate content
- Virtually no protein from plants
- Contains some plant ingredients
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 duck, chicken and salmon meal as concentrated sources of animal protein. It also contains chicken, dried whole egg, chicken, liver, and even chicken cartilage, which is an unusual, but highly-nutritious find on a cat food label.
These meat ingredients are accompanied by a variety of high-carbohydrate plant ingredients, including pearled barley, white rice, potatoes, and oat fiber, none of which are particularly nourishing for cats.
Overall, this dry food has moderate protein, moderate fat, and high carbohydrate content. There are 453 calories in each cup of Fromm Adult Gold dry cat food.
Duck, Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, White Rice, Salmon Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat, Chicken, Dried Whole Egg, Chicken Liver, Potatoes, Salmon Oil, Oat Fiber, Cheese, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast, DL-Methionine, Alfalfa Meal, Chicken Cartilage, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Monosodium Phosphate, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Taurine, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Vitamins, Minerals, Probiotics.
Fromm Adult Gold Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown
|Crude Protein||32% min|
|Crude Fat||18% min|
Ingredients We Liked: Duck, Chicken Liver, Chicken Cartilage, Salmon Oil
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Pearled Barley, White Rice, Potatoes, Alfalfa Meal
Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs, Dairy
- Minimal plant protein
- Contains multiple sources of animal protein
- Free from artificial ingredients
- Uses chicken fat and salmon oil as species-appropriate fat sources
- High in carbohydrates
- No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs
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:
“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
“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, its 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 tho 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 foods 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, 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. Their canned foods, however, are low in carbohydrates, meat-rich, and nutritionally comparable to products from 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.
About the author
Mallory Crusta is a writer and adventurecat enthusiast on a mission to make cats’ lives extraordinary. She’s one of the founders of Wildernesscat – a site for happy, healthy, and adventurous cats who are fueled by nature. Visit Wildernesscat for radically natural cat nutrition, home remedies, and lifestyle inspiration.