Fegnion is a family-owned company that makes and sells fresh raw cat food. Their raw meals are made from human-grade ingredients in the company’s own kitchen in New York City.
When the people at Fegnion contacted us on Instagram and asked if we’d be interested in reviewing their raw cat food, we were stoked.
Most commercially available cat food contains fruits, vegetables, grains, and other unnecessary ingredients, but Fegnion doesn’t stoop to fillers and fluff. Their products are made with carnivorous predators in mind, containing just ground meat, organs, bones, egg yolks, and supplements.
But do cats really like eating Fegnion raw cat food? How much does it cost and where can you buy it?
To answer these questions, we tried out a box of Fegnion. Before we dive into our first-paw experience with Fegnion, let’s learn a little bit more about the company and their products.
If you want to skip straight to our review of Fegnion raw cat food, click here.
The Fegnion Company Story
Fegnion was inspired by a black-and-white cat named Gnocchi.
As an overweight young adult, Gnocchi was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and luxating patella. The veterinarian explained that surgery was an option, but weight loss and a better diet should be a priority.
Gnocchi’s human and Fegnion company founder, Alma, knew that something needed to change. Her biology degree, a doctorate in pharmacy, and 13 years as a practicing pharmacist told her that research, evaluating data, and critical thinking would bring her to a solution for Gnocchi’s weight problem.
After re-evaluating her approach to Gnocchi’s diet, Alma realized that a raw diet was the most natural option for little Gnocchi. With no truly prey-model raw food available in stores, Alma’s only choice was to start preparing raw cat food in her own kitchen.
After switching to a homemade raw diet, Gnocchi didn’t just lose weight. Her energy levels increased and her coat became shiny. Even her poop started to smell better. People started asking how they could feed their own pets on the same diet—and so Fegnion began. Gnocchi is now the company’s acting Director of Taste Testing.
About Fegnion Raw Cat Food – “Feline Rare Nutrition”
Each of Fegnion’s three raw cat food recipes features a single-species animal protein source. This emphasis on single protein sources makes Fegnion perfect for a species-appropriate rotational diet. All of their foods are made with meat, raw bones, marrow, and cartilage. Unlike other foods that are bloated with trendy fruits and veggies in lieu of unpopular corn and wheat, Fegnion foods don’t contain any fruits or vegetables whatsoever.
Fegnion raw cat food is formulated by clinical pharmacists and veterinarians. All of their recipes meet and exceed AAFCO’s nutritional guidelines.
Fegnion refuses to make or sell any fish-based foods for several reasons. Fish isn’t a natural part of the feline diet, is often contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and its use in cat food contributes to overfishing and its detrimental effects on the environment.
Their meat ingredients are sourced from farms in upstate New York and along the East Coast of the USA. The supplements are sourced from India, Germany, Brazil, Singapore, and the USA. None of the ingredients used in Fegnion foods are sourced from China.
Fegnion products are flash frozen immediately after production. This prevents the food from spoiling and preserves its natural color, flavor, and nutritional value.
Fegnion Raw Cat Food Review—Our Experience
Disclosure: “Wildernesscat received Fegnion raw cat food for free in exchange for an honest review. Although the product was gratis, all opinions in this review remain our own and we were in no way influenced by the company.”
We live in Montana, essentially on the opposite side of the United States from the company’s New York shipping facility. The food took two days to arrive via FedEx.
We received four containers of frozen raw cat food, a tote bag, and company literature.
The food was packed in BPA-free recyclable plastic containers and tucked into a small insulated cooler, along with several gel packs. Each plastic container was marked with a handwritten “Best By” date.
I left one of the containers in the fridge to thaw out and put the rest of them in the freezer to ensure that they remained fresh as we proceeded with testing.
We tried out all three Fegnion raw cat food recipes over the course of a couple of weeks.
Before doling out our first portions of Fegnion raw cat food, I headed over to their website and used their feeding calculator. This calculator allows you to enter your cat’s weight, age, and activity levels and uses that information to calculate an appropriate amount of Fegnion for your cat.
I found this super helpful because I’ve always had a hard time figuring out exactly how much raw food Wessie and Forest need. Thanks to our new food scale, it was easy to measure out the perfect portions according to Fegnion’s suggestions.
The cats tried out each of the three raw cat food recipes. Here’s what they thought of each.
Fegnion Raw Chicken Cat Food Review
Whole Ground Chicken and Chicken Thigh with Finely Ground Raw Chicken Bone, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Pasture-Raised Egg Yolk, Filtered Water Sufficient For Processing, Sea Salt, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
Like all Fegnion recipes, the chicken food has a simple ingredient list with a single animal protein, along with freshly ground raw bones, fresh egg yolk, and all the supplements needed to make the food nutritionally complete.
Chicken and other types of poultry are always a hit in our household, and Wessie and Forest gobbled this food up without question. Before eating the Fegnion food, they were eating our chicken-based homemade raw food, so this one was a natural transition.
While I was on the phone with Fegnion vice president and sales director Dr. Joseph Scoleri, he revealed that he regularly tries the recipes himself. This is always something I like to hear!
Joseph also encouraged me to try the food myself.
After a little salt, pepper, and a few minutes in a skillet, the chicken recipe had turned into a tasty little patty ready for human consumption. The concentration of dark meat and organs lent a strong umami, while the finely-ground bones added a little grit to each bite. Overall, it was pretty good and tasted exactly how it should. And yes, it’s been well over 6 hours since eating the Fegnion patty and I’m still going strong. Good enough for your cat and good enough for you? You decide.
Our rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Fegnion Raw Turkey Cat Food Review
Whole Ground Turkey and Turkey Thigh with Finely Ground Raw Turkey Bone, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Turkey Gizzard, Pasture-Raised Egg Yolk, Filtered Water Sufficient For Processing, Sea Salt, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
This is the one that really surprised me. We knew Wessie would love the Fegnion turkey food—he’s always liked turkey, whether it’s served raw, cooked, or incorporated into a canned pate food. True to form, Wessie scarfed down his serving of raw turkey Fegnion.
I didn’t know, however, how Forest would react to the food. She’s usually the picky cat in the house and isn’t very excited about food most of the time. It’s hard to train her, for example, because she won’t work for treat rewards.
I thought she’d eat the food, but didn’t think she’d be particularly excited about it. I thought wrong. She didn’t just eat everything in the bowl and almost lick it clean—she purred while she did it!
Our rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Fegnion Raw Rabbit Cat Food Review
Whole Ground Rabbit and Finely Ground Raw Rabbit Bone, Rabbit Liver, Rabbit Kidney, Rabbit Lung, Rabbit Heart, Pasture-Raised Egg Yolk, Filtered Water Sufficient For Processing, Sea Salt, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
The rabbit recipe is made from free-range rabbits raised on a farm in upstate New York. Because rabbits are a natural part of the feline diet, we always liked the idea of feeding our cats rabbit-based food, but hadn’t taken the time to find and purchase rabbit meat.
Naturally, we were super excited to present Wessie and Forest with Fegnion’s rabbit recipe.
For some reason, the cats didn’t like the first container of rabbit. Maybe it was because they were stressed out—we tried to fit the product testing in while also having relatives visiting for a few days—or maybe they just weren’t accustomed to the taste of rabbit at that time.
At any rate, they did enjoy the second container of rabbit food—hugely enjoyed it, in fact. Forest purred her way through a bowl of the rabbit meat.
Back when she lived outdoors, Forest caught a wild rabbit and ate the entire animal on the lawn. She’s a little 7-pounder and barely bigger than a rabbit herself, so it was an impressive sight. I like to think that the Fegnion raw rabbit food reminded her of some of her favorite wild catches.
Wessie didn’t give any purrs, but also enjoyed his bowl of the food.
Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall, is Fegnion raw cat food a good choice?
Both Wessie and Forest absolutely loved the Fegnion raw cat food, and the human team liked it, too.
Fegnion food is both high-quality and convenient. Because it’s so easy to feed, it’s an upgrade for people who have been making homemade raw cat food or taking the time to rehydrate freeze-dried raw food. Its truly species-appropriate nutrition sets Fegnion food leagues ahead of kibble, most canned foods, and even some other raw products that contain unnecessary plant ingredients.
But you have to consider the price. Fegnion food is made by hand in small batches, contains farm-raised local ingredients, and it’s shipped frozen across the country. It’s not cheap. If you have more time than money, making your own cat food would be a much more economical choice. If you don’t want to (or can’t) spend a lot of time in the kitchen and are willing to spend upwards of $2000 a year on cat food, Fegnion raw cat food could be a superb investment in your cat’s health.
How much does Fegnion raw cat food cost?
Your daily feeding costs will vary based on how many containers you order at once, which container sizes you order, and which recipes you choose. Fegnion’s chicken cat food starts at $7.99, turkey starts at $8.99, and the rabbit food starts as low as $12.99 per 8oz container.
You have two box size options—small and standard. These boxes are filled with either 8oz or 12oz containers of any combination of chicken, rabbit, or turkey food. Bulk orders mean lower prices per ounce.
Think of the small box as a week’s supply of Fegnion raw cat food. Each of these packages should feed a cat for about 8 days. Again, you choose your preferred combination of chicken, turkey, or rabbit cat food.
- Six 8oz containers (starting at $47.94)
- Four 12oz containers (starting at $45.96)
These boxes provide approximately 24 days of food for one 10-lb cat. Prices will vary based on your choice of proteins.
- Eighteen 8oz containers (starting at $143.82)
- Twelve 12oz containers (starting at $137.88)
With shipping costs excluded, we’ve calculated that it will cost you between $6.19 and $10.04/day to feed the average 10-lb cat a diet of Fegnion raw cat food.
Where can you buy Fegnion raw cat food?
You can order a box of Fegnion raw cat food directly through the Fegnion website. Remember that the company currently restricts shipments to home addresses in the continental United States.