If you shop at Coles, Woolworths, or IGA, then you’ve probably seen this popular brand of “cat food”.
Fussy Cat has been a household name for quite some time. There’s been lots of negative consumer feedback over the years which seems to get ignored by manufacturer Real Pet Food Co, and retailers will continue to sell it as long as it makes a profit.
So should you feed this to your cat?
In our Fussy Cat cat food review we’ll consider why this probably isn’t the best product for your cat.
Fussy Cat review
What the marketing says
Fussy Cat from Australia’s Real Pet Food Co has an optimum position in the marketplace – there are far better foods available in pet stores and pet shops, but Fussy Cat has free reign of the supermarket shelves. Supermarket brands are a cheaper and more convenient option for most, and Fussy Cat fits that bill.
They market this cat food as “real food means real flavour”, but ask yourself what they mean by “real food”? If it wasn’t real it would be, what, “fake food”?
As per trend it’s a “grain free” food as cats don’t need grains. They don’t need non-grain fillers either, like excessive vegetables, but they don’t mention that on the packaging.
Like most cat foods these days they throw in the word “premium” as if the word has meaning in pet food.
What the ingredients really say
For this review we’ll look at Fussy Cat Grain Free Chicken & Turkey with Cranberry simply because it sounds Christmassy, but the truth is all “flavours” are pretty much the same ingredients.
It may surprise you given how large Cranberry is written on the front of the bag that it’s only included as what could be considered a “speck of dust” in the ingredients. If you consider salt as 1%, cranberries are 8 ingredients lower, so almost non-existent. Cranberry is good for cats in moderation, but don’t expect your cat to benefit from cranberry in Fussy Cat – looks like it’s included so they can stamp it on the packaging.
There are three ingredients in Fussy Cat which potentially amount to most of the product. Two of these are ambiguous vegetable meal/vegetables and vegetable starches. This is a cunning pet food labelling trick called “splitting”, done to hide the fact vegetables are the main constituent of the food.
Would you buy a cat food labelled as “Vegetables”?
Cats are obligate carnivores.
While we’re speaking of cunning labelling tricks, unlike real “premium” cat foods which use a guaranteed analysis, on Fussy Cat cat food we only find a typical analysis. It’s a subtle difference, but it means the protein and fat content is in no way guaranteed. They state 36% protein and 18% fat, but it doesn’t have to be. In reality it can be much more carbohydrates which aren’t healthy for your furry friend.
What vegetables are they anyway? It doesn’t say. The probable truth is whatever waste vegetables (such as carrot tops or potato skins) are thrown out the back door of human food facilities.
Even the meat ingredient (which is 1 part to the 2 parts vegetables) is ambiguous. It’s some possible concoction of poultry or beef or parts thereof, and like the vegetables probably what’s been thrown out of a human food factory.
Whatever can be sourced cheaply, basically.
This is also how all formulas are formulated the same – they can cherry pick the flavour name based on the spattering of different meat inclusions.
The bad points don’t end there. We find other ominous warning signs – ambiguous palatants to entice your cat to eat something they would otherwise turn their nose up, and ambiguous natural antioxidant.
When pet food manufacturers conceal what ingredients really are there’s only one logical reason why – they don’t want you to know.
There’s very little positive to say about Fussy Cat cat food. The same applies for the wet food, rolls, and treats – all substandard products which your cat won’t thank you for.
If you want something better, perhaps take a look at Applaws also available at Coles and Woolies.
Where to buy Fussy Cat cat food
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Ingredients of Fussy Cat
The ingredients of Fussy Cat cat food (Chicken & Turkey with Cranberry) as of October 2021:
Meat Meals and meat by-products (poultry, including turkey, and beef) and/or poultry by-product meal, vegetable meal and vegetables, vegetable starches, tallows (poultry and/or beef), palatants, vegetable pulp, sunflower oil, oilseeds, salt, cellulose fibre, potassium chloride, dried chicory root, choline chloride, methionine, taurine, vitamins and minerals, cranberries, yucca schidigera extract, natural antioxidant.
Fussy Cat “typical analysis”
Fussy Cat cat food (Chicken & Turkey with Cranberry) “typical analysis” as of October 2021:
|Carbohydrates *||Barely any whatsoever 👍|
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Fussy Cat cat food is designed to look better than it is, more likely being a bag of vegetable waste rather than species-appropriate meats.
- Lots of vegetables
- Ambiguous main ingredients
- Ambiguous "palatants"
- Ambiguous antioxidants
- Analysis is not guaranteed