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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.
In this guide:
The Farmers Cat: Fact or feline fiction?
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 option is Smalls, which operates similarly to The Farmer’s Dog, but it’s made by and for cat owners, and it has several additional product options. Keep reading to learn more.
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 for their wet food, so even the pickiest kittens can find a food they like. We’ll give a brief overview below, but you can take a deeper dive in our Smalls Cat Food Review.
>> Read more: How Much Does Smalls Cat Food Cost?
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. If you want, you can add a custom-shaped Smalls container to your first order for the leftovers.
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.
DISCONTINUED: Nom Nom used to be another favorite for high-quality, human-grade cat food. However, it has since discontinued its cat line and only offers fresh dog food. That’s alright, though—Smalls (above) is a more cat-centered company, and they’ve always offered more options for cat families.
>> Read more: Purina Cat Food Recalls
Open Farm Cat Food
Open Farm is another option. It offers a huge array of pet food products, including six human-grade wet cat food products and four dry kibble options to suit every cat’s palate. It also offers supplements and mix-ins to make your cat’s meals more nutritious and appealing to a cat’s specific tastes.
There are two things we love about Open Farm. First, all of the ingredients meet rigorous ethical and sustainability benchmarks. Open Farm only works with farms audited by the Global Animal Partnership® and Certified Humane®. This means the animals that go into your pet’s diet are treated humanely; and if you opt for wet food, it all meets human-grade standards. This meticulous sourcing also informs how Open Farm chooses the fruit and veggies in each recipe. They try to include non-GMO ingredients and superfoods like turmeric and chicory root.
Second, Open Farm offers an ongoing if you subscribe to your cat’s food of choice. The discount alone is nice, but it’s also great to receive your pet food automatically on the schedule you choose, so you never have to worry about restocking. Plus, you can get an extra 15% off your first purchase with the code DOGTALE15. There are no long-term commitments and you can cancel at any time.
However, we aren’t as impressed with Open Farm’s dry kibbles, which include meat meals instead of only whole meat. And, like most brands, it tends to offer more dog-centered products than a cats-only brand like Smalls. You can learn more in our Open Farm pet food review.
No Farmers Cat, no problem
It turns out the Farmer doesn’t have a cat, but that’s ok. These brands 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.