What is the Best Cat Food in Australia?

What is the Best Cat Food in Australia?

As we continue to push for better regulation in the Australian pet food industry it can be hard to trust many pet food brands. Our 2021 Best Cat Food in Australia list will offer you a great starting point in deciding what to feed your cat. Our reviews are independent, unbiased, and offer insight into ingredients and guaranteed analysis. What does the labelling really say?

Please note this list is for dry foods, but please do not let that convince you dry foods offer the best diet for your cat. Your cat should be fed a varied diet including moisture-rich wet and fresh foods, with an emphasis on whole prey ingredients (meat, meat fat, organs). Many of the best-rated cat foods have corresponding wet food ranges, not to mention excellent Australian raw/barf products (many these days made from quality human grade ingredients).

What is the Best Cat Food in Australia?

If you’re baffled with conflicting information on the web about feeding a cat, then spare a quick 10 minutes to read the short guide How To Feed A Dog (don’t worry, the same simple logic applies to cats).

For all cat food reviews please refer to this page.

What is the best cat food in Australia?

The below list of cat food reviews represent a selection of our best-rated cat foods in Australia. All cat foods on this list of reviews are rated highly from a formulation which is species-appropriate for a cat as an obligate carnivore. As such all these cat foods have a high meat content and minimum carbohydrates. Read more about our nutrition analysis requirements.

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How our best cat food in Australia list is chosen

All our cat food reviews are written firstly as an overview of the ingredients and analysis, but there are many other factors taken into account. Many cat foods come from the same manufacturer as other brands, and we monitor trends with each manufacturer. With some leading Australian manufacturers we have many reports of sickness or diarrhoea, and other manufacturers hardly any at all.

What is the Best Cat Food in Australia?

The cat foods on our “Best Cat Food in Australia” list will change over time, either as formulas change, or feedback and other factors change. Brands we have rated very highly in the past have at times been bought up or switched manufacturers and shown drastic changes in quality – very sad considering the consumer loyalty which has been built up.

If you’ve had a positive or negative experience on a cat food in Australia then let us know, either on our Facebook page or the comments section below. All feedback matters!

Varying your cat’s diet is something we see as a good thing, so keep that in mind as well. Your cat doesn’t need to be fed a single brand of dry cat food any more than we would eat a single brand of breakfast cereal for every meal day after day.

Nutrition Analysis of the Best Cat Foods

All the foods on the list must meet our stringent criteria. In a nutshell, here are a few:

  • Must meet AAFCO requirements.
  • Must have sufficient protein and fat.
  • Must have sufficient meat ingredients.
  • Must not contain any nasty or ambiguous ingredients.
  • Must avoid allergenic or problematic ingredients.
  • Must have a long standing reputation and good consumer feedback.

We Care What You Think – Your Feedback is Useful!

Many people contact us daily with feedback or consumer issues. These are valuable to us and help us adjust ratings accordingly. In the past, sadly, highly rated brands have suffered from formula changes, ingredient changes, or manufacturer changes. If you’re aware of any problems – let us know.

Best Cat Food Australia

All our reviews are independent and unbiased, using nutritional analysis of the ingredients and composition. The reviews aim to inform you what the ingredients really mean, and what they really say based on Australian Pet Food Standards AS 5812.

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We hope our Best Cat Food in Australia list has helped you out.

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julie smith
12 days ago

Thanks for helping us look after the nutritional health of our pets.

I have been trying to switch my 7 year old toothless moggy over to Ziwi with little success. She will eat it at a push mixed in with other food being mainly providore with a touch of royal canin. I have found even with some water, she won’t eat the providore by itself (I have tried for months). The smell of ziwi she can’t seem to get past! How does providore compare? Can I use you review on it for dogs as a proxy?

12 days ago
Reply to  julie smith

I feed the soft ones as their main meals. Providore, Kiwi Kitchens, Absolute Holistic. I found mine don’t like the regular Ziwi, they prefer the Provenance series ones, their a bit softer cause more meat.

You can most certainly use the softer varieties, there’s nothing wrong with them at all.

17 days ago

Thank you for your recommendations. What is best dry food for hairballs for cats.

12 days ago
Reply to  Lindsay

On Pet Circle Cherish has hairball treats. I’m not sure if there’s many other treats who do it. But essentially if you want to feed a specific food, you can try treats that treat hairballs instead of changing foods.

The ingredient in most hairball foods is cellulose fibre.

In Cherish food it’s paraffin. In the treats it’s cellulose.

Last edited 12 days ago by Edanna
20 days ago

Hello, I’m interested in these brands but I notice a lot of them do not make kitten varieties, or not that I can find on pet circle anyways. I was particularly interested in taste of the wild and Applaws but they don’t make kitten varieties. Applaws does make a kitten wet food, but only one variety, tuna flavoured. I’m worried feeding my kitten the same tuna one everyday could be too much mercury. Is there anything you could recommend that is healthy for my kitten whilst also being fairly budget friendly?

Edgar Lopes
1 month ago

Hello. Firstly, congratulations for the amazing job. It’s really helpful. My question is related to food for sterilised cats. Which brand is the best one for this group?

2 months ago

Hi there! We just changed over to Hills 12+ cat food but I recently read your reviews and don’t think it’s best for her. Is there another good option for her age or is it even necessary for her to have a special kibble for her age? Shes pretty picky and has taken to Hills more than other kibble. We also feed her one can of pate at night. She’s 14 or 15 years old.

2 months ago

I can see Taurine listed within the ingredients in some of these brands, why is that? being an essential aminoacidic for their wellbeing.

2 months ago

Hi. My girl has just been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She’s almost 17 and has just lost a little weight but isn’t eating excessively. I’m getting her on more raw foods excluding fish as that is high in iodine. (She loves prawns so maybe as a treat).
But I’d like to know which Aussie dry food is best for her that is low in carbs and is also grain free. Any ideas?
Thank you, Veronica.

2 months ago

Thank you so much for all the information! This website is like my bible when I choose food for my cats. Just wondering if you could review Kirkland signature cat food when you have a chance? I’ve seen good reviews about it and I’m curious about your opinions!

2 months ago

Can’t help but think this is sponsored as all the top dry cat food is available from Pet Circle. If like to know what supermarket brands are quality as I don’t have a Pet Circle store near me.

2 months ago

If my budget is between $1 and $1.50 per 100g, which is the best dry food I can get for my cats?

3 months ago

Thanks for putting together these reviews and the other info on your site.

Time for me to try to get my cats on healthier options again.

One has hairball problems which cause her to vomit a lot, the other is overweight and also scratches her face and ears until bloody. No idea if it’s food related, vets can’t figure it out after spending thousands on tests and novel diets, but at least with a healthier food she might lose some weight. Oh and she also won’t eat real meat, never been able to get her to eat raw chicken or bones.

Would you recommend any particular brands for these two cats with issues?

3 months ago

Thanks for replying. The scratching is so hard to get to the bottom of. Like I said we did try novel diets, scans, blood tests, biopsies and even vet dermatologists.

I actually do have those hairball treats, I will try giving them to her a bit more regularly. I think the pack says 8 max per day.

Thanks for the tips on the raw food. Will try that 🙂

3 months ago
Reply to  Gavin

Cats are imprint feeders, so if they’ve never had a food before they won’t recognise it as actual food to eat. You just need to keep at it, add it together with the other food, in small amounts of course to start.

It’s been known to take anywhere from a month to a few months and very rarely years.

Don’t get discouraged by that time frame though, sometimes it happens much sooner.

3 months ago
Reply to  Edanna

Thanks Edanna, I just need to be persistent I think, you’re right.

4 months ago

What about wet food for our elderly cats with few teeth? Which product is best for them?

4 months ago

Wasn’t Orijen recalled for a toxicity related to irradiation of the food prior to export to Australia? And the company stated it wouldn’t supply Australia anymore?
And a friend of mine changed to Ziwi Peak- her cats immediately developed severe diarrhoea!
I’m not sure that I trust your reviews

4 months ago

What about wet food? My cat is 15 and does not like dry food.

6 months ago

Great article, perhaps, but most of those foods are only available where I live by ordering online, which makes them horribly expensive, particularly if they come from the US. Why not a list of freely available cat foods, unless the rest are not up to scratch?

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