Honest Fussie Cat Food Review

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Score: 7.5/10

Bottom Line

Fussie Cat is a good all round choice for…well, fussy cats. Falls short with a few products though and not the best for senior cats.

PROS

  • Suitable for all life stages
  • Positive customer reviews
  • No by-products

CONS

  • Dry food is high in carbs
  • Added carrageenan in wet foods
  • Limited options that best suit seniors

Fussie Cat is a newcomer on the cat food market, that is getting a lot of attention lately. In this cat food review, we find out whether this food is the best choice for you and your cat.

The goal of this website is to help cat owners learn more about taking care of their cats. I am not a veterinarian and I recommend seeking the advice of a vet for any further questions.

The advice in this article is not intended as medical advice.

Let’s get into the article.

Fussie Cat Food Review: A Short Summary

Fussie Cat is a good cat food option for your fussy feline. The ingredient quality and nutrition of the Fussie Cat premium wet food stands out as the best in their range.

Fussie Cat premium is very low in carbohydrate and high in protein. Online reviews are positive for this food. The downside is this option is only for adults. It’s also high in tuna, which isn’t best as a sole source of meat (due to mercury).

There are other options for all life stages. This includes Fussie Cat’s super premium option made with human grade meats. The taste reviews are a tad less favorable for this option, but it’s also low carb.

Their wet market fresh food seems unavailable at this point, leaving their dry food left. As for that option…well, it’s high in carbs (over 30% on a dry matter basis).

That isn’t something I’d recommend, so brings down my rating of this brand. There’s also a few ingredients I’m not wild about (sunflower oil, carrageenan).

All in all though, Fussie Cat (as least their wet foods) are a solid option with a range of flavors on offer. It’s best suited to adult cats and well as the name would suggest…fussy eaters!

In this article, I’ll break down the products in the Fussie Cat food range.

I will look at the following areas:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Nutrition

Finally, I’ll go over some frequently asked questions about Fussie Cat food. This will help you learn more about the brand and how I scored this cat food.

Fussie Cat Food Range

Fussie Cat offers a range of dry and wet food options.

Fussie Cat Food RangeFood TypeDescription
Fussie Cat Market FreshDryDry kibble for cats
Fussie Cat Market FreshWetWet cat food
Fussie Cat PremiumWetWet food made to high quality standards
Fussie Cat Super PremiumWetHuman grade quality wet canned cat food

Fussie Cat also make puree treats for cats which I won’t look at in this article.

In the following sections I’ll take a look at one cat food option from each category of food.

I’ll look at the ingredients, nutrition quality and how cats are liking each product. Where available, I’ll have testing data from my own cat testing team.

Fussie Cat Food Ingredients

The ingredients in Fussie Cat’s food range are good for the most part. Whilst the dry food product contains too many plant based ingredients, the wet foods are high in meat.

Our best rated product was the Fussie Cat premium tuna with salmon formula. This food only had one carbohydrate ingredient (fructooligosaccharides). It’s also high in tuna and salmon, which are great sources of easy-to-digest protein.

The lowest rated product was Fussie Cat’s market fresh dry kibble food. It contains ingredients like peas and chickpeas, which can raise the carb content.

I’m not a huge fan of the use of gums, carrageenan, and sunflower oil. Gums and carrageenan can irritate digestion.

Sunflower oil doesn’t benefit cats as they don’t assimilate the fatty acids in this food.

Overall, the meat content is good in the premium product range. At first glance, Fussie Cat seems a good quality cat food.

The premium range is a tuna first food.

One problem with tuna is it isn’t a great sole source of nutrition. This is due to the heavy metal mercury, which can build up over time if eating a lot of tuna.

I would keep that in mind as that means you don’t want to feed your cat only tuna and rotate different meat sources.

I’m a little confused with the Fussie Cat super premium offering. It seemed like that would be the best quality, but contains tapioca starch.

That’s why I had to deduct quite a few points off the total score for that product.

We score cat food out of 100. The score can over or underestimate the true ‘quality’ (which is why it’s important to look at my nutrition section for a full picture).

A higher score is a sign of a better quality food. The weighing of ingredients based on the labelling as these words equate to different quantities of food. That’s taken into account with scoring.

Read more about what that means over in my cat food labelling guide.

Fussie Cat Food RangeSelected productLabel typeIngredient quality scoreIngredients
Fussie Cat Market Fresh (dry)Salmon RecipeRecipe52/100Salmon, Salmon Meal, Peas, Pea Flour, Chickpeas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Catfish Meal, Natural Flavors, Whitefish Meal, Flax Seeds, Chicken Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Kelp Meal, Choline Chloride, Salt, Fructooligosaccharide, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate), Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Dl Methionine, Blueberries, Cranberries, Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Lactic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract
Fussie Cat Market Fresh (wet)Turkey & Guinea Fowl RecipeRecipe85/100Turkey, Duck Broth, Guineafowl, Quail, Duck, Turkey Liver, Natural Flavor, Agar-Agar, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Niacinamide, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Taurine, Tricalcium Phosphate, Dandelion Greens, Fructooligosaccharide, Marine Microalgae Oil, Salt, Magnesium Proteinate
Fussie Cat Premium (wet)Tuna with Salmon formula in aspicWith88/100Tuna, Water Sufficient For Processing, Salmon, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Carbonate, Taurine, Fructooligosaccharide, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Source of Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin K3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement
Fussie Cat Super Premium (wet)Chicken with Duck formula in gravyWith60/100Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Chicken Skin, Tapioca Starch, Duck, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tuna Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Chicken Soluble, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Taurine, Vitamin E, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B), Nicotinic Acid (Source of Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin K3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement

Our score for Fussie Cat foods ingredients is below.

Ingredient Quality Score: B+

Fussie Cat Food Nutrition

The nutrition quality of Fussie Cat food is good for the most part. All the wet foods are very low in carbohydrate (the dry is high though). There’s a lot of protein in the products to help with taste.

With the exception of Fussie Cat premium, all products are AAFCO approved for cats of all life stages. That said, the calorie content is a little sparse in the wet foods.

Senior cats losing weight, need a higher calorie diet to help maintain strength. Research recommends a food with 4.5 kcal/g. Most foods here are short of this mark.

When given the choice, cat’s choose a food with around 52% protein, 12% carbohydrate, and 36% fat.

The wet foods are protein rich. All cats need at least 30% protein on a dry matter basis for energy production and muscle strength.

The dry food range is 30% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis. This is far above what is optimal for cats (<12% on a dry matter basis).

Cats are carbohydrate intolerant and cannot digest excess carbs. This means the dry food isn’t going to be a great option for health long term.

On the other hand, the wet food range is very low in carbohydrate. This is great if you’re want easy digestion and long term health benefits.

There’s not much information on micronutrients in the Blue Buffalo range. A high calcium to phosphate ratio is important for older cats to maintain kidney health.

Since there’s a lack of information and the calorie content is a bit low, Fussie Cat is best suited for adults. I don’t recommend the dry food based on the high carbohydrate content.

Here is the nutrition information for the selected products from the Fussie Cat food range:

Fussie Cat food Selected productLife stageCalories/kgKcal/g dry matter basisProteinFatCarbohydrateFiberAshMoistureTaurineCalcium: Phosphate Ratio
Fussie Cat Market Fresh (dry)Salmon RecipeAll life stages3,5503.938.9%*16.7%30.6%5.6%8.3%10.0%0.1%1.3:1
Fussie Cat Market Fresh (wet)Turkey & Guinea Fowl RecipeAll life stages1,3145.945.5%31.8%0.0%4.5%18.2%#78.0%0.2%N/A
Fussie Cat Premium (wet)Tuna with Salmon formula in aspicAdult6123.875.0%8.8%0.6%3.1%12.5%84.0%0.3%N/A
Fussie Cat Super Premium (wet)Chicken with Duck formula in gravyAll life stages6003.564.7%20.6%0.0%2.9%11.8%83.0%0.3%N/A
*on a dry matter basis #estimated

Nutrition Score: B

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Fussie Cat Owned by?

Daniel Hereford is the president and CEO of Pet’s Global as of 2021. Pet’s Global owns for pet food brands, including Fussie Cat. Fussie Cat is a US company based in California.

They own the following brands:

  • Zignature (dog food only)
  • Inception Pet Foods (dog and cat food)
  • Essence Pet Foods (dog and cat food)
  • Fussie Cat (cat food only)

Pet’s Global is a relative newcomer, starting up in 2010.

is Fussie Cat Made in the USA?

Fussie Cat market fresh dry food is made in the USA. All their other food is manufactured in Thailand at human grade facilities.

They do not have any facilities in China, where well-known melamine (plastic) pet food contamination scandal happened in 2007.

The Department of Livestock Development (DLD), an analog of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, regulates Thailand facilities.

The standard of these facilities is strict and FDA approved.

Is Fussie Cat Grain Free?

Yes. All Fussie Cat products (including dry food) are grain-free.

Is Fussie Cat food for kittens?

Fussie Cat has three product ranges that are suitable for all life stages. That means they are suitable for kittens, adults, and senior cats. The options are:

  • Fussie Cat market fresh (wet)
  • Fussie Cat market fresh (dry)
  • Fussie Cat super premium (wet)

Fussie Cat premium wet food is only suitable for adults and not kittens.

Is fussie cat hypoallergenic?

No. Most of the Fussie Cat food range contains ‘common protein’ food sources like chicken and tuna.

If you are after a cat food that’s hypoallergenic, you’ll need a novel protein source. Examples include lamb, turkey, and goat.

Check out our articles below on cat food for allergies to learn about good options for cats with allergies.

Learn More:

What Cat Food is Similar to Fussie Cat?

Fussie Cat is similar to the following options:

  • Nulo Freestyle signature stews
  • Fancy Feast flaked cat food
  • Meat Mates
  • Feline Natural
  • Made by Nacho shreds in broth

All of these options are low in carbohydrate and high in protein. They are foods that will be suitable for adult cats and in some cases, for all life stages.

What is Aspic Cat Food?

Aspic is a savory jelly. Fussie Cat have a variety of aspic cat food choices, which suit cats that like jelly textured foods.

How Much Should I Feed My Cat Fussie Cat?

Fussie Cat come in two wet food sizes – 2.8 or 5.5 ounce cans. Most adult cats need at least one tin of 2.8 ounce wet food per 2-3 pounds of body weight.

The amount of food needed varies due to age, activity, and pregnancy.

Always weigh your cat before finding out how much to feed them and use an online calculator. Also check the food before serving.

Learn More:

Conclusion

All things considered, Fussie Cat is a solid choice for adult cats. Their wet food range is high in protein and low in carbohydrate from quality meat sources.

Fussie Cat food is a US-based cat food brand owned by Pet’s Global. They offer both wet and dry cat food options.

Their wet cat food is high in moisture and protein. Fussie Cat uses chicken and seafood as main food sources. They are a mid-high priced cat food brand.

Remember that Fussie Cat premium is tuna rich, and not something you want to feed your cat every day.

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