Nourish as nature intended

Our biologically appropriate philosophy is simple: mirror the quantity, freshness, and variety of meat that dogs and cats have evolved to eat.

The gray wolf (Canis lupus) is the ancestor and closest relative of all domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiarius), sharing 97% of their DNA, while the Near Eastern wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) is the closest relative of domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus).

Despite years of breeding, the internal workings and anatomical capabilities of domestic dogs and cats remain the same as their wild cousins, so it’s no surprise their food requirements remain the same too.

The eating anatomy of carnivores

Just like their ancestors, modern dogs and cats have anatomical features designed for a meat-based diet – a fundamental fact often overlooked by pet food makers. these include:

Our five biologically appropriate principles

  • 1. Rich in meat and protein

    Just like their wild cousins, modern dogs and cats are equipped with sharp teeth, a short digestive tract, and a body evolved to metabolize meat. Biologically Appropriate ORIJEN mirrors the evolutionary diet, nourishing your dog or cat as Mother Nature would, with rich, fresh meat inclusions plus smaller amounts of fresh, whole vegetables, fruit, and botanicals. That’s why ORIJEN features:

    • up to 90% quality animal ingredients | ORIJEN’s rich meat inclusions nourish the way nature intended.
    • 36-44% protein | ORIJEN derives its rich protein content primarily from quality animal ingredients, making our foods free of grains or gluten, common in conventional pet foods.
  • 2. Rich fresh meat inclusions

    ORIJEN’S fresh regional ingredients mirror mother nature, supplying nutrients in their freshest, most natural, and nourishing form.

    • Fresh | 2/3 of the meat, fish, poultry, and eggs are FRESH or RAW, so they’re brimming with protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals in their most nourishing form.
    • Dried | 1/3 of the meat and fish ingredients are dried, providing a concentrated form of nourishing protein in a highly bio-available form.

    When we say fresh we mean it! Top 10 icon

    Many north american pet food manufacturers reconstitute meat powder by adding four parts of water, which they label as ‘fresh’. ORIJEN is different. Our three classes of meat ingredients are :

    1. Fresh: Refrigeration is the only way we preserve our fresh poultry, eggs, fish, and meat — no artificial preservatives; never frozen.
    2. Raw: Just like our fresh ingredients, meat is flash-frozen at peak season to preserve natural goodness.
    3. Dried: Meat and poultry ingredients are dried to provide a concentrated source of protein — no chemical preservatives.
  • 3. An abundant variety of fresh meat

    Consider the variation in the natural diet: fish today, a duck or goose tomorrow, fresh eggs the next. a rich variety of fresh, quality animal ingredients is a key principle in our foods, providing a diversity of essential protein and fat to nourish dogs and cats completely.

    This variety is lost in conventional dog and cat foods, which often feature a single animal ingredient, such as chicken or lamb, that’s highly processed and seldom authentically fresh. ORIJEN is different. Loaded with up to eight different kinds of fresh or raw meat, ORIJEN provides a richly nourishing diversity of protein and fat that naturally support peak health.

    Ranch-raised red meat

    Raised on farms and Appalachian ranches in the heart of Kentucky’s ranching country, using nature’s simple recipe of fresh air, clean water, and natural grasses, our beef, bison, lamb, mutton, pork, and goat are delivered fresh or raw, so they’re preservative-free and brimming with goodness and taste.


    Ranch-Raised Beef Kentucky farms


    Wild Boar American ranches


    Ranch-raised Bison Kentucky ranches


    Grass-Fed Lamb Kentucky Farms


    Grass-fed mutton Kentucky farms


    Yorkshire Pork Kentucky Farms


    Boer Goat Kentucky farms

    Antibiotic-free | Grass-fed | Delivered fresh or raw | WholePrey ratios

    Free-run poultry & cage-free eggs

    Raised free-run on regional farms by people we know and trust, our free-run chicken, duck, turkey, and quail, and cage-free eggs arrive at our kitchen fresh or raw, so they’re full of nourishing protein and fat.


    Free-Run Chicken Kentucky Farms


    Free-Run Duck Kentucky Farms


    Free-Run Turkey Indiana Farms


    Free-Run Quail South Carolina Farms


    Cage-Free Eggs Kentucky Farms

    Antibiotic-free | Free-run | Delivered fresh or raw | WholePrey ratios

    Sustainable & wild-caught whole fish

    Unique to ORIJEN, our fresh and raw saltwater fish are sustainable and wild-caught from New England’s cold Atlantic waters and are delivered fresh or raw.

    Atlantic Mackerel New England

    Monkfish New England

    Acadian Redfish New England

    Alaskan Cod Alaska

    Atlantic Herring New England

    Yellowtail Flounder New England

    Sustainable and wild-caught | Delivered fresh or raw | WholePrey ratios

  • 4. Wholeprey meat ratios

    In nature, there is no need for vitamin or mineral supplements, as wolves and wildcats derive their complete nutritional needs naturally by consuming whole animals. ORIJEN WholePrey ratios mirror the foods dogs and cats evolved to eat over thousands of years, incorporating a nourishing balance of fresh meat, organs, and cartilage or bone in amounts that deliver nutrients naturally. ORIJEN foods naturally provide almost every nutrient your dog or cat needs, in highly bio-available forms, so there’s no need for long lists of synthetic additives.


    wholeprey-lockup-white ORIJEN Incorporates meat, organs, and cartilage or bone in ratios that mimic mother nature, creating a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. that’s why you won’t find long lists of synthetic supplements in orijen foods.

    • Meat provides protein, fat, vitamins A, B, D, and K, copper, chromium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc — all in highly bio-available forms.
    • Organs liver, kidney, tripe, and heart provide a richly concentrated and highly bio-available source of virtually everything dogs and cats need to thrive — including heavy doses of essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and amino acids.
    • Cartilage and bone provide a rich source of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium — all in a natural and easily absorbed form.
  • 5. Fresh vegetables & fruit

    Not all vegetables and fruit are created equal In place of cereal grains, ORIJEN features healthy vegetables and fruit delivered fresh and whole from Kentucky farms and orchards. ORIJEN uses fresh-picked fruit from our region, whole and preservative-free, and excludes high grain inclusions or vegetables and fruit in powdered form.

    • Whole apples and pears arrive fresh from our Kentucky orchards to provide a rich source of phytonutrients and fiber.
    • Whole pumpkin and butternut squash are fresh and loaded with healthy fiber and natural-source vitamins.
    • Kentucky greens and whole carrots are nutritional powerhouses that are delivered fresh from Kentucky farms.