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For decades, the pet food industry has served up over-processed, overcooked kibble and cans of mush that hold little nutritional value. Some manufacturers have cut every corner to reduce their costs and improve their bottom lines.
Recently, however, a number of companies have gained notoriety by offering fresh, nutritious, human-grade food for dogs. But what about cats?
Is there a Farmer’s Dog for cats? Keep reading to learn how you can have fresh cat food delivered to your door, so your cat can eat as well as you do.
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Does The Farmer’s Dog make cat food?
The Farmer’s Dog does not currently make cat food, but other fresh pet food companies do. Our favorite options are Smalls and Nom Nom, which operate similarly to The Farmer’s Dog, but with several additional product options. We’ll break them down below.
Smalls Cat Food
Smalls makes two different types of cat food: human-grade fresh food (as a wet food alternative) and freeze-dried raw food (to upgrade your cat’s kibble). The fresh food is less processed than the freeze-dried option, but if you want to keep your cat on a raw diet, the freeze-dried food is less messy than a homemade meal plan. One of our favorite things about Smalls is that they offer different texture options, so even the pickiest kittens can find a food they like.
Human-grade fresh food
Smalls’ fresh food comes in four protein-rich options: chicken, turkey, beef, or fish. Each recipe is available in either a smooth or ground texture to help especially picky eaters find the mouthfeel they like.
The food is delivered in 11.5 oz. portions with measured lines to help you divide each meal appropriately. This requires minimal work from you at mealtime, and it helps cut down on packaging waste.
All recipes are AAFCO-certified for all life stages, and meals are delivered on a monthly basis.
Freeze-dried raw food
If you want to keep your cat on a raw diet, Smalls’ freeze-dried food is a convenient and healthy solution. Raw proteins—either chicken, turkey, or duck—are combined with organ meat, bone, and eggshells to provide the nutrients and minerals your cat needs to develop properly and live a healthy life. The ingredients are then freeze-dried in small, crunchy nibblets that preserve raw nutrients while eliminating the mess and hassle of a typical raw diet.
Nom Nom Cat Food
Nom Nom produces high-quality, human-grade pet food and delivers it fresh to your door on a regular schedule. No more kibble or cans of imitation tuna, and no more last-minute trips to the pet store because you ran out of food. We also love the company’s convenience, well-sourced ingredients, and commitment to recyclable packaging.
All recipes were crafted in partnership with board-certified veterinary nutritionist Dr. Justin Shmalberg, and the company does an excellent job sourcing its ingredients from U.S.-based growers and suppliers. It’s worth pointing out that, like The Farmer’s Dog, Nom Nom’s food isn’t cheap. It’s a premium product made with the highest quality ingredients because your cat deserves real food. Fortunately, feeding your pet a whole food diet should holistically improve their health and cut down on some vet expenses down the road.
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Currently, Nom Nom offers one cat food recipe, Chicken Cuisine, which is AAFCO certified for all life stages and prepared in their human-grade kitchen. It’s made with whole chicken and nutrient-rich organ meat (no meat meals) and includes added taurine for heart health.
Nom Nom used to offer a fish-based recipe, but it’s not currently available. We believe it was discontinued due to difficulty sourcing ingredients, and we expect additional cat food recipes will return eventually.
- Crude Protein: 18% min
- Crude Fat: 4% min
- Crude Fiber: 0.8% max
- Moisture: 73% max
Nom Nom’s pre-portioned meals and delivery schedule are super convenient, and we love that you can actually see real, whole ingredients in each dish. These minimally processed ingredients contain more bioavailable nutrients for your cat to absorb, which should have a noticeable effect on their holistic health.
You can get 50% off your first order through the button below. Or learn more about the service and watch our unboxing video in our full NomNomNow review.
Where to buy Nom Nom Cat Food
Nom Nom’s cat food can only be purchased on their site: NomNomNow.com.
What other products does Nom Nom have for cats?
In addition to offering cat food, one of the other reasons Nom Nom stands out among other pet food subscriptions like The Farmer’s Dog is the fact that Nom Nom offers a couple of gut health products for cats.
Nom Nom’s Microbiome Gut Health Kit for cats and dogs can help you diagnose any chronic digestive issues your pet may be having, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or itchy skin. It can also help you monitor the impact of a new diet or medicine or can just shed light on their general gut health.
The kit is super easy to use and send in for Nom Nom’s lab to study, and you can expect results in about 3 to 6 weeks.
Additionally, Nom Nom’s microbiology team has produced a Full Spectrum Probiotic for Cats. This holistic probiotic supplement:
- Helps maintain healthy digestive and immune systems
- Contains 20 billion CFUs and 4 probiotic strains per serving
- Includes prebiotic fiber to encourage the development of beneficial bacteria
Just add one scoop (included) of the probiotic to your cat’s breakfast or dinner each day and wait for signs of digestive improvement. This probiotic is appropriate for all cat breeds and ages older than 6 weeks.
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No Farmers Cat, no problem
It turns out the Farmer doesn’t have a cat, but that’s ok. Smalls and Nom Nom do it better. Their fresh, human-grade, pre-portioned meals are not just convenient, they’re meticulously prepared specifically for your cat, and they’ll be a huge nutritional improvement to your cat’s holistic health if they’re currently eating kibble.