Fussy Cat Cat Food Review

Fussy Cat Cat Food Review

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.

It doesn’t.

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.

Fussy Cat Cat Food Review

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”?

Probably not.

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.

Fussy Cat Cat Food Review

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


Not that you would?

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:

Crude Fibre5%
Carbohydrates *Barely any whatsoever 👍
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.
3.5 Total Score
Fussy Cat cat food review - good or bad?

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

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4 years ago

My cats love this food. I love that I can get it from the supermarket but its still reasonably good for them and a good price. I have tried more expensive wet and dry foods and they won’t touch it but they eat this so I am happy with that. They also get grain and by-product free wet food as well as fresh human grade meats.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jenna

By products when named like with freeze dried foods are fantastic for cats and dogs, but yeah only when named otherwise it’s a guess of what’s actually in there.
Grain free also doesn’t mean it’s better it’s still starch it still changes to sugar and cancer still feeds on it, I don’t like corn or wheat in foods and I know rice has arsenic but high GI grain free foods are really no better when you’ve seen and watched what I have.

You’d also be quiet surprised just how unhealthy even our food is, after all nothing can escape pollution fallout unless they had food made under the ground which they don’t.

If you or a friend has access to Netflix you should watch “What the Health” I knew they were doing it for pet food I didn’t realise to what degree they were doing it to our food though, I also knew they didn’t care but this was just insane.

4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

Yes I understand about the grain free. My boy started getting matted hair on his back and something similar to dandruff. I changed foods to the VIP grainfree dry and the problem went away and his coat improved so much. So that’s why we kept using that product. I figure that I don’t want to do completely raw (I just don’t have the time and I don’t really want to touch gross things lol). And they don’t really like the more expensive brands I tried. However, I now have a kitten and he was on whiskas and Friskies kitten food. Lucy keeps eating it and now won’t eat the vip food. So I have just purchased Ivory Coat kitten food so at least she is going to get something better than the cheap supermarket brands. I will start transitioning when it arrives. The kitten will stay on whiskas kitten wet food for now as I don’t want to change everything all at once. When he has fully changed over to the good quality dry, I will look into wet foods.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jenna

comment image This is baby Sheldon and big sister Lucy<3

4 years ago
Reply to  Jenna

Aww cuties! 😀

4 years ago
Reply to  Jenna

Feline Natural and Ziwi have amazing quality wet foods but I guess it all comes down to how much of the can your using as they tend to be quiet expensive if you have to use a lot.
I’ve also noticed that K9 Natural tends to have more water in their wet whereas Ziwi fills the cans with actual food, I’m not sure how it for the cat cans though.

Holistic select are good, I’ve used their tinned food twice as in 2 big dog cans, it smelt good, the pups liked it and didn’t have any problems with it. They have an exceptionally wide range of flavours.

Umm who else makes tinned cat food from the good list? Haha you know what I was going to go look up something else but I’ll quickly take a look at tinned cat foods for you so I can remind myself of what’s available in Australia.

Michele MacDonald
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

wellness core make a tin food and they are on the best dry food list in australia,it’s only sold through pet barn though and i’m not sure how good they are as i have only fed the dry wellness core.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jenna

As an add on be weary of any foods containing Vitamin K or its scientific name of MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE, it has been known to cause liver failure when taken long term.

I noticed Artemis adds it and that plenty of cat foods use it, broccoli and kale and I think certain seaweeds are excellent sources of natural Vitamin K they could very well use these but for some reason they opt for synthetics.

Also Carrageenan is carcinogenic so that one as well.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jenna

I messed up my reply and added a website to it by accident and now it’s pending … I’ll post you this one and then once it leaves pending I’ll delete that one and leave this one or whatever.

Alright I’m not sure I’d trust Applaws after that cat problem they had one time, when a food kills pets you kind of don’t really want to promote it to anyone obviously, the dog version so far with Angel no issues at all, but then the dog version was never the problem.

Natures gift is pretty good for a supermarket brand, very limited ingredient list and easy to understand what goes into it.

Fish4cats is another, I recently watched that film for us but pets are very much a part of our world of food as well, there is no chicken or cow that is specifically grown for dogs after all.

Anyways they tested a lot of fish and even the small fish have lots of bacteria and Mercury and what not so you can feed it from time to time but it shouldn’t be a consistent diet.

Taste of the wild finally has cans in Australia sadly no cat cans.

Oh interesting Artemis has cat cans they should be good as their Osopure food is amazing.

I was sure there was another brand but it seems maybe it wasn’t Australian as I visit the online USA Chewy as well when looking through foods.
Dine is either a Purina or Mars brand but I think it’s like a higher quality product even though I’m not sure how much quality they care about, read an article a few days ago that made me hate them even more than I already do, they were so mean and not understanding it really did feel like all they cared about is money, which is true if you’ve read everything about them.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jenna

By the way I wasn’t going to reply but I feel I have to after I said something wrong, Dine was not the brand I was remembering in fact the ingredients list is utter crap as it doesn’t tell you anything! Sheba I think was the brand I was thinking of.
Sorry for that little bit of failure on my part.

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