Cat Food Reviews in Australia

Below is a list of cat food reviews for brands available in Australia (including imported brands).

All reviews have been written by a qualified pet nutritionist in the hope they offer insight into what you’re actually feeding your cat. Pet food marketing is very clever, so hopefully these reviews will offer you a clearer truth so you can make a more informed decision.

Feedback is very welcome. These reviews are designed to better the health of our cats, so any informed opinions or criticism is encouraged.

Cat Food Reviews in Australia

More information about how these reviews are written can be found in the “About these cat food reviews” section at the bottom of this page.

Take advantage of offers from  , Pet Circle, or Lucky Pet who almost always have offers on many of the cat foods listed below.

Best-rated cat food reviews

These are our current list of best-rated cat food reviews. This list will change over time, so bookmark and check back whenever you’re stocking up. Feeding a variety of these cat foods is an excellent idea, and we encourage the feeding of fresh, raw, or raw meaty bones as part of your cat’s diet as well. There is absolutely no reason why your cat should be fed the same cat food day after day.

All cat food reviews

The amount of cat foods available in Australia will boggle your mind. In reality most come from the same handful of major manufacturers such as Mars, Nestle, Colgate-Palmolive, and our largest Australian pet food manufacturers Real Pet Food Co, Coprice, and Hypro.

Due to constant changes of brands and formulas in Australia it is possible for these cat food reviews to become out of date. If in doubt check the date of the review, or leave a comment if you find any to be out of date.

Cat Food Reviews in Australia

Grain free cat food reviews

When it comes to grain free cat foods it’s important to note that a cat has little requirement for carbohydrates in general. When looking for a food for your cat make sure it has a high meat content rather than carbohydrates from grain or grain free ingredients (such as potato, tapioca, or starches).

Many grain free cat foods are better than grain-based cat foods, not because they don’t contain grains, but they often contain more meat. A better starting point is the best-rated cat food list which is assessed more on meat content instead of grain or grain-free ingredients.

Here is a list of grain free cat food reviews:

Air-dried and freeze-dried cat food reviews

There are inherent benefits of air dried and freeze dried foods. Not only are the ingredients often a higher quality, but the drying process ensures most of the nutrients are left intact. For those wishing to feed raw but without the inconvenience, then the below foods are definitely worth considering.

Air and freeze dried foods are generally more expensive due to their higher quality, so take advantage of regular offers from Pet Circle or  .

Here is a list of air-dried and freeze-dried cat food reviews:

Australian brand cat food reviews (and New Zealand)

In Australia there’s a strong trend to buy Australian cat foods, Australian Made, or Made in Australia. The following list of reviews is for Australia brands of cat food, and you’ll find New Zealand brands in this list as well (given New Zealand are our best friends).

Kitten food reviews

Most cat foods in Australia cover all life stages, meaning they are also appropriate for kittens. When looking for a food for your kitten make sure the formula isn’t labelled as “Adult” or “Senior”, and in many cases a cat food will be labelled “All Life Stages”.

Most cat foods in our best-rated cat food reviews list are all life stage as they conform to a high standard of meat ingredients.

Accordingly there are no reviews specifically for kittens, but in most cases all cat food reviews are appropriate to all life stages.

About these cat food reviews

Each review is written firstly on the ingredients list and guaranteed analysis, with an explanation on what the ingredients really are and what percentage likelihood they will be (i.e. chicken may be listed first, but if this follows 4 or 5 grains then there won’t be much chicken in the overall formula).

Many other factors are considered without being specifically noted. Consumer feedback will affect how the cat food reviews are rated, especially if a cat food has numerous suspect reports of sickness or diarrhoea (which sadly happens too often).

Many cat foods in Australia come from the same handful of manufacturers, with more being churned out every week to replace a tarnished brand. Some manufacturers have a worse track record than others, and some manufacturers have shown to have a very high standard of manufacture.

Marketing is always at play, and given the lax standards of pet food regulation in Australia it’s very common for a pet food manufacturer to bend the rules or use cunning tricks to deceive unsuspecting consumers.

All these factors, and others, are accounted for in these cat food reviews.

If any cat food reviews are missing feel free to contact us and we’ll add a review.

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David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

  1. Hi!,

    Myself and my 3 children are getting a kitten in a few weeks and we are super excited! from what I know the kitten is being fed a combination of Leaps and Bounds cat food and Fussy cat food (cant say which one is wet or dry though) both of which don’t seem to have very good reviews that I read above. I don’t want to cause any upset to the kitty’s tummy so I’m assuming I will need to continue with those foods and slowly introduce something else, also something I’m not sure of lol!

    I have looked at quite a few options and taking into consideration the financial side of it and availability, I landed on Black Hawk kitten food, I will be using a combination of wet and dry food.

    Any feedback/advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks for your time 🙂

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 27, 2023 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Kim, when a kitten (or pup) has been raised on one (or two) brands of pet food, it’s very common to see some digestive upset when you change the food. For this reason it’s worth changing gradually, so going from a bit of the new food to more of the new food over a couple of weeks. Moving forward, feeding your kitten a variety should stop them suffering digestive upset over the long term.

      Feeding a mix of wet/dry/fresh/raw is all good in my opinion, and better than feeding a completely dry or completely wet diet.

      As for brands I try not to make specific recommendations, but any of the best rated cat food page should be a good start.

  2. Hi, I love your reviews but in one of them you mentioned that you shouldn’t just feed fish-based food to cats because it’s not a natural food source for them… and you should alternate it with other proteins. Can you please explain this a bit more?
    Of course it’s not appropriate to feed your cat fish that was intended for consumption by human (eg canned tuna), but the better pet foods include other ingredients that make it more nutritionally balanced for cats. I also think fish is no less “natural” than beef, lamb, goat etc (never seen a cat stalking a herd animal for dinner… unless it’s a big cat like tiger etc). Unless someone develops a mouse, lizard, gecko etc based cat food, none of the proteins on the market are really what a cat would eat in the wild…

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 20, 2023 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Callie, generally I think too much of anything is a bad idea, and the concerns with too much fish include mercury and other toxicity. Raw fish can cause thiamine deficiency when fed in excess, which although isn’t relevant to kibble is still a good example of why anything in excess can be bad.

      Native cats would catch small prey, but also scavenge prey caught by large predators. You make a really good point though. I expect the only reason you don’t get “mouse”, “lizard”, or “gecko” cat foods is because consumers wouldn’t buy them. We humanise our pets which means most consumers would prefer to feed what we eat, so that’s what pet food manufacturers target.

  3. Hi,

    Just curious if you will review commercial raw cat food as well? with the likes of Big Dog, Ivory Coat & leaps & Bounds and maybe there are more out there. As there seems to be a section for raw dog food but not for cats. Thanks

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 14, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Sarah, this is definitely something I should do. I expect I’ll write a single page which covers the main brands, pros and cons. Watch this space… hopefully soon.

  4. Any cat foods point 10.00 or above 9.7?

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 7, 2023 at 5:06 pm

      I believe 9.7/9.8 is the top rated at the moment. No pet food is perfect, so I avoid 10/10!

  5. Hi
    Have you done reviews on cat wet food? Also looking for tinned dog food for k9 natural but can only find dry food reviews



    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 4, 2023 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Susan, almost all reviews are dry foods, but many highly rated dry foods have a wet food which is either the same standard or better. Cats can do so much better on wet food than dry, and moisture intake is essential for cats. Just keep in mind wet food (and dry for that matter) do very little to support dental health – for that I feed my cat chicken necks and drumsticks, but there are decent chewy treats which can help in that respect.

  6. Can you also do a review on the brand smitten?

  7. Hi! I’d been using your reviews for some time for our doggo, but something made me come and check cat food too! Our kitty is on a urinary diet so of course, we automatically gravitated to Hills and Canin. I’ve since read that provided the food has a high moisture component and the minerals are balanced for urinary care, other foods are much better. I have a couple of brands suggested (Open Farm, Wellness Core and Feline Natural) – do you know/have any other suggestions in this area (preference to US/NZ brands) – thank you! Your reviews are incredibly helpful and I have full trust in what I read here.

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 27, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Vanessa, when it comes to urinary diets it’s only Hills and Royal Canin who specifically cater for the condition, but as you’ll read in the reviews (or see from the ingredients) it’s really questionable how much they help. Grains for carnivorous cats :/

      I find the wet foods for both brands far more appropriate, but you may find adding some decent wet food or fresh food to your cat’s diet may be just as good. My belief is most cats who suffer urinary issues (which is actually most cats) do so from (1) lots of grain in a diet, and (2) lack of moisture and clean meats in the diet. Hopefully addressing those two factors will help.

  8. G’day?

    Wondering your thoughts on Acana Meadowlands Adult Cat Food and if you’ll add this brand to your list of foods reviewed? Thanks so much.

  9. I bought Hilll’s Science dry cat pellets and my cat ate them very reluctantly. Often when she did, she vomited them up together with the wet food I fed her. I will give what remains to my worms in my worm farm. Highly disappointing, and expensive.

    • Hi Neva
      Cat food reviews has certainly made navigating cat food so much easier and has enabled me to make far better choices for my le meow, but there isn’t a lot on a raw food diet for my cat, is there a decent raw food I can buy from the supermarket, until I read your review on VIP cat mince I was happy to feed it to my cats and now I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. If you could do more reviews on supermarket raw foods I would be very grateful.

      • Reply
        Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 6, 2022 at 5:24 pm

        Hi Annie, there’s a few decent raw cat foods available commercially as “BARF” patties. Big Dog (for cats), Proudi, Raw Meow and a few I’ve found reputable. I believe Frontier Pets will soon be releasing a “freeze dried” cat food which I’m sure will be excellent. You should find reviews of all of these (at least for the dog food varieties) on this site, and Big Dog and Proudi are available in most pet stores these days.

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