Hi fellow cat fans! 🐾
You’re probably here because you don’t know if your current cat food is any good. If that’s the case, then it probably isn’t…
15 years ago I was feeding my cat absolute rubbish and I didn’t have a clue, so don’t be ashamed or feel guilty if this is the case for you too. The reviews on this website and the recommendations below are here to help!
The best cat food recommendations below must have a rating of at least 8/10 in their respective reviews, so any of them should be a good choice for your cat! There’s a bit more to the list than that, which I’ll discuss later.
If you don’t want to read my tips and other info, click here to skip straight to the Best Cat Foods in Australia!
But wait! Before the list I’ll jot down some of my top tips for feeding your cat – I’m sure these will really help! 💡
I’ll also cover where to buy these cat foods for the best price (which also helps me a little in running this website).
Oh, and if you’re on a budget there’s no reason you can’t mix one the below recommended cat foods with whatever you’re feeding now, and the reviews will help give you guidance.
Quick tips on the best diet for your cat
You may already be feeding the best cat food in Australia, or a really good one, but make sure you consider the following:
- Cats aren’t big drinkers and need clean moisture in their diet. We forget our cats were originally desert animals who only consumed moisture from eating prey, and this is sadly overlooked by many who feed their cats dry food.
- Variety is a good thing. Most of us feed our cats a single brand of cat food, day in day out. The problems with that are obvious when you think about them – what if the food doesn’t contain all required nutrition, or what if there’s a manufacturing problem which has led to excessive toxins or a deficiency in something? There’s a good chance the food isn’t overly appropriate for a cat anyway, with most cat foods in Australian being formulated with grain (or “grain-free” alternatives) for your carnivorous cat.
- To elaborate a little on the above point, I see a variety of brands and styles of food a good idea. What I mean by that is add some fresh foods, wet, raw, BARF, and different brands of cat food to their diet. Try and become confident in feeding your cat a variety! Cats can be difficult at times with new foods, simply because they have a “never seen that before, don’t know what it is” mentality – persist!
- As a general rule, avoid any cat foods containing cereal or wheat. I find these to be the most inappropriate and poorly formulated cat foods, usually containing other nasties and food colourings. All dry cat foods contain some grain or alternative “grain free” starch/carbs, so you can’t really avoid them unless you feed raw, BARF, or an absolute top end dry food like Orijen.
- Fresh meats, organs, and raw meaty bones! Our cats are carnivores. It’s disputed a lot with dogs who I consider facultative carnivores (carnivores who will eat other foods), but cats are factually carnivores. You should always question a cat food made from anything other than animal ingredients. The pet food industry is very skewed when it comes to the “science” and “research” which convinces us our cats should be pumped full of wheat, yet that’s the way it is – corn for carnivores, wheat for carnivores, whatever makes the most profit from carnivores. Consider adding fresh meats, organs, and raw meaty bones to your cat’s diet. Chicken necks are one good (and super cheap) option – great for nutrition, and also their dental health!
If you want to read more on my thoughts on feeding our cats (and dogs), then read this page. Yes, it mostly focuses on dogs, but mostly applies to our cats too.
Where to buy these cat foods (for a good price)
To make your life easy, most of the recommendations on the best cat food list are available at Pet Circle or , if not direct from the cat food company. These are retailers I use myself and can vouch for in terms of service, reliability, and very often the most competitive price.
Delivery is often free to most of Australia assuming you spend over 50 bucks or so, even to rural areas.
There are many online pet food retailers these days. I’ve found some to be very unreliable. Some seem to spring up overnight, and can disappear just as quickly. Make sure if you’re buying online it’s from a reputable company.
If you do decide to buy a cat food based on one of the reviews, all I ask is you use the “Where to buy?” links (i.e. the Confirm Price buttons). Pet Food Reviews costs me a fair bit to run in time and money, so using those links helps me keep it going (for free to you guys!) using commissions from those retailers – thank you 🙏
🏆 What is the best cat food in Australia?
Right then, I’m sure the below list of best cat food (in Australia) is what you’re really after. Hopefully it takes away the pain of trying to decide, and points you in the right direction!
I’ll discuss below how the cat foods on this list have been chosen, but generally they must be rated at least 8/10, have a decent amount of meat, decent ingredients, and a good long-standing reputation and feedback from other cat owners.
Don’t forget – I consider variety a very good thing, especially a diet containing moisture-rich wet and/or fresh foods. Keep that in mind.
Although the reviews are mostly for dry cat foods, any brand rated highly may have an equally as good wet cat food or BARF offering (BARF = a raw whole-prey usually frozen patty).
Just keep in mind your cat is a carnivore, and “whole prey” meats, fats, organs, and hopefully some raw meaty bones should make up at least some of their diet, even if you rely on a dry food as their main meal.
Here you go – these are what I consider the best cat foods in Australia (in no particular order):
How does a cat food get on the best cat food in Australia list?
If you want to know how the above cat foods made the best cat food list, then I’ll explain…
Firstly, all cat food reviews on this website are written primarily as an overview of the ingredients and analysis – this helps offer you information which can’t be disputed. For example, if the cat food appears to be mostly wheat, that’s what the review will say. You can then decide for yourself if a cat food is a good choice for your carnivorous cat!
There’s a lot more to the reviews than that, but that’s the gist of it. I do my best to keep the reviews simple and readable, which means keeping them fairly short.
Let’s cover some of the factors I may not talk about in the individual reviews which can affect the ratings:
Many cat foods come from the same manufacturer as other brands, and I track consumer feedback on all those manufacturers. Some have an excellent reputation, and some don’t. Sadly, with some leading Australian manufacturers I have received many reports of sickness and/or diarrhoea, which means none of those brands will be on the best cat food in Australia list above.
Some cat foods have established a great reputation and loyal following, only to change manufacturer or ingredients and seemingly fall off a cliff in terms of quality.
For legal reasons it can be difficult to mention the above information. If a cat becomes sick it is almost impossible to prove the cat food was the cause (although an unfortunate loss of a number of dogs a few years ago was in fact traced to a specific major brand dog food, as was a number of dog deaths a year ago from toxic horse meat sold as beef pet mince).
Pet food manufacturers know how difficult it is to prove a product was the cause of a sick pet, so even if your cat has severe vomiting and diarrhea within hours of being introduced their product, they know you won’t have the capacity as a consumer to have that product tested for all manner of toxins. Even if you do you won’t have the capacity to take them to court over it.
If you report an issue with a cat food to the manufacturer, you will almost always receive a response saying they are not aware of such an issue and will investigate it, with a request for you to return the product (which is better for them, not you). Don’t expect any more than that, and I’ve known manufacturers respond to many consumers saying they aren’t aware of “any issues”.
With little regulations in Australia to benefit you as a consumer of cat food, you’re very much the little guy without a leg to stand on. A government investigation into the safety of pet food was conducted in 2018 with ominous findings, yet the working group who were put together to make regulatory changes over the subsequent 12 months weren’t very productive, and we’re now almost 4 years on (2022).
That means all you can do is make sure you’re feeding your cat something decent, and even if the reviews don’t state any of the issues I’ve logged from consumers on many brands of cat food in Australia, rest assured I will not recommend those cat foods.
Your feedback matters!
If you’ve had a positive or negative experience on a cat food in Australia then let me know, either on the Facebook page (which you should definitely join!) or the comments section below. All feedback matters as it helps me and it helps other cat owners like yourself!
If your cat has been sick on a cat food then I strongly urge you to add a report on the APOG website. APOG (Australian Pet Owners Group) are an independent body who track consumer issues with pet foods in Australia. By independent I mean they are not influenced or under the control of the pet food industry in Australia.
Nutrition analysis of the best cat foods – the “bar”
All the foods on the best cat food list must meet stringent criteria and be what I consider species appropriate for your cat as a carnivore.
In a nutshell, here are a few requirements:
- 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 from real pet owners in Australia.
For some more technical information, here’s a guide on nutrition analysis requirements.
Latest compilation of the Best Cat Foods in Australia list, October 2022.