Fussie Cat Food Review

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We’ve rated Fussie Cat Food on ingredient quality, species-appropriateness, recalls, and more. Read our Fussie Cat Food review to learn how this brand stacks up.

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating Fussie Cat Food On What Matters

We’ve rated the brand on six key criteria for quality. Here’s how it rates in each of these six crucial areas.

Ratings

  • Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 8/10
  • Product Variety – 7/10
  • Price – 6/10
  • Customer Experience – 8/10
  • Recall History – 9/10

Overall Score: 7.5/10

In total, we give Fussie Cat food a 45 out of 60 rating or a B+ grade.

About Fussie Cat Food

Aptly named, Fussie Cat was developed to appease fussy felines. This brand is manufactured by Pets Global, Inc., an independently owned, holistic pet wellness company. Based in Valencia, CA, Pets Global, Inc. is also the name behind brands like Zignature and Essence.

Pets Global, Inc. was founded on a passion for animal welfare and they offer what they call “Physiologically Tuned” recipes for cats and dogs. The Fussie Cat brand in particular is designed for taste as well as species-appropriate nutrition.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

Fussie Cat recipes are formulated in keeping with Pets Global, Inc.’s Physiologically Tuned philosophy. Their formulas are meat-first, with complete proteins as the first ingredient. We didn’t find specific information about where Fussie Cat sources their ingredients, but many pet food companies that manufacture in Thailand also source their fish and chicken there.

Though I had a little trouble finding specific information about where and how Fussie Cat foods are manufactured, it looks like their wet foods are made in Thailand and their dry foods in the USA.

If you’re concerned about Fussie Cat being made outside the U.S. keep in mind that Thailand is becoming one of the top manufacturers of high-quality canned pet food and Fussie Cat uses an FDA-approved human food facility. Here’s an article about it, if you’re curious.

Recall History

To our knowledge, Fussie Cat has not had any recalls in the history of the brand.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Fussie Cat Offer?

Fussie Cat currently offers a varied selection of wet foods, dry foods, and puree treats. Their canned foods are divided into two product lines: Premium and Super Premium. Most of Fussie Cat’s canned food recipes feature either tuna or chicken (or both), though there are some with duck and other seafood included.

When it comes to their dry food formulas, Fussie Cat offers the Market Fresh line of kibble featuring premium animal proteins like salmon, chicken, turkey, guinea fowl, quail, and duck. These are sold in 2lb, 4lb, and 10lb bags.

What Do Customers Think Of Fussie Cat Food?

Because Fussie Cat is sold on both Amazon and Chewy, I was able to find plenty of customer reviews. Most products carry at least a 3.5-star rating, though many are over 4 stars.

Many customers comment that Fussie Cat foods are true to their name in being highly palatable and appealing to even picky eaters. Customers seem to love the quality and there are several comments about the food being good for cats with sensitive stomachs. Many customers also appreciate that Fussie Cat dry foods feature novel proteins and many recipes are chicken-free.

Of the negative reviews I saw, many were related to cats simply not liking the product. Some customers were turned off by the gelatinous texture and others were concerned about the carrageenan content.

Let’s take a look at a few reviews from some of the most popular recipes from Fussie Cat.

Positive Reviews

“I was advised by my vet to put my kitty on a novel protein diet. It is very hard to find a food that fits his restrictions! This fits the bill though. He seems to enjoy this food and hasn’t shown any digestive issues. The grains of food are a good size and the smell of the food is not overpowering.” – KitKat80 reviewing Fussie Cat Market Fresh Quail & Duck Meal Recipe

“My Bengals are 4 years old and up until now had only eaten prescription (for sensitive tummies) dry food because they always used to throw up after eating any other food. Still, I felt they needed variety but was reluctant to deviate from their diet. I decided to try Fussie Cat canned food. They absolutely love it. They rush me when they hear the can opening. I am so grateful for this wonderful and nutritious catfood that together with their prescription dry food keeps them happy and healthy.” – PhyllisF reviewing Fussie Cat Premium Tuna with Prawns Formula

Negative Reviews

“One out of three cats in my household liked this food. My super-picky Siamese wouldn’t even touch it – he sniffed it, turned around and did that super annoying back paw kicking as if to bury the offending item. One of my pair of rescues refused it for a few days and only begrudgingly ate some, but his chubby brother had no problems eating his serving, his brother’s serving AND my Siamese’s serving all at once.” – Nightfall reviewing Fussie Cat Premium Tuna with Salmon Canned Food

“The lid on the can is almost impossible to open to get the food out! Once you get it about 1/2 way open you have to DIG out the food as it sticks to the interior of the can. My cats do not seem to like shredded foods – I can see it is good quality food but all mine will do is drink the broth and then dump the food on the floor.” – SiouxCitySue reviewing Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken Formula in Gravy

What Did Our Test Cats Think?

All three cats loved Fussie Cat, but Biscuit’s favorite was the tuna and prawn recipe because each can contained at least one full prawn.

I was impressed with the quality and variety of products Fussie Cat had to offer and my three test cats enjoyed all of the products they tried. The dry food came in bags that weren’t resealable, but they were small enough that I could just put the bag into a pet food storage bin.

In testing Fussie Cat, I found that all three products were a hit. The dry food came in pieces that seemed slightly smaller than average to me, but the food had an appealing aroma and my cats loved it. They were particularly fond of the Premium Tuna with Prawns canned food formula. Not only did it have plenty of shredded tuna, but each can had at least one full prawn.

Fussie Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product Name Food Type Main Protein Source Calories Price Per Ounce Our Grade
Fussie Cat Market Fresh Salmon Recipe Dry Cat Food Dry Salmon 410 kcal/cup $0.21 B
Fussie Cat Premium Tuna with Prawns Formula in Aspic Canned Cat Food Wet Tuna 49 kcal/can $0.49 B+
Fussie Cat Market Fresh Quail & Duck Meal Recipe Dry Cat Food Dry Quail 415 kcal/can $0.26 B

#1 Fussie Cat Market Fresh Salmon Recipe Dry Cat Food

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Fussie Cat’s Market Fresh dry foods are “crafted with the freshest and finest ingredients,” according to the brand. I have to admit that this formula starts off strong with both salmon and salmon meal at the top of the list, though I don’t love the next three ingredients.

Following two high-quality sources of animal protein are three plant ingredients. Peas and chickpeas can be difficult for cats to digest and pea flour isn’t much benefit either. I could also do without the flaxseeds and alfalfa meal that add to the already fairly high carbohydrate content of this formula.

Another potential issue with this recipe is the fact that chicken meal is almost hidden in the list of ingredients. It doesn’t appear in the name of the flavor and it comes after several other animal proteins. This could be a problem for cats with food allergies or sensitivities.

Overall, this appears to be a protein-rich recipe with moderate fat and fairly high carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Salmon, 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.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 35%
Crude Fat: 15%
Crude Fiber: 5%
Moisture: 10%
Ash: 7.5%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 38.89%
Fat: 16.67%
Fiber: 5.56%
Carbs: 30.56%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 35.38%
Fat: 36.82%
Carbs: 27.8%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Salmon

Salmon Meal

Chicken Fat

Catfish Meal

Whitefish Meal

Chicken Meal

Peas

Pea Flour

Chickpeas

Flaxseeds

Alfalfa Meal

Fish

Chicken

Pros

  • Two high-quality animal proteins at the top of the list
  • Nutrient-rich chicken fat as the main added fat source
  • Free from fillers, by-products, and artificial additives

Cons

  • Doesn’t contain the moisture your cat needs
  • May not be a good choice for cats with food allergies
  • Significant carbohydrate content

#2 Fussie Cat Premium Tuna with Prawns Formula in Aspic Canned Cat Food

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Many of Fussie Cat’s canned foods feature tuna and this is one of them. With tuna as the first ingredient and prawns as the second, this formula is rich in species-appropriate animal protein. As a canned food, it also contains the moisture your cat needs for hydration.

One thing to be mindful of with this recipe is the serving size. While this recipe is an excellent source of protein, the fat content is very low which also keeps the calorie content low. Compared to recipes that might require 1 or 2 cans per 10 pounds of bodyweight per day, this Fussie Cat wet food requires you to feed your cat 1 can per 2 to 3 pounds of body weight.

Another issue with this formula is that it is thickened with controversial thickeners like guar gum and carrageenan. I’d prefer to see a safer ingredient or avoid thickeners entirely.

Overall, this is a protein-rich, low-fat formula packed with moisture and very low in carbohydrates.

Ingredients

Tuna, Water Sufficient For Processing, Prawns, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Choline Chloride, Potassium Choride, Potassium Carbonate, Taurine, Fructooligosaccharides, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E, Sodium Chloride, 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.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 12%
Crude Fat: 1.4%
Crude Fiber: 0.1%
Moisture: 84.5%
Ash: 1.5%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 77.42%
Fat: 9.03%
Fiber: 0.65%
Carbs: 3.23%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 75.47%
Fat: 21.38%
Carbs: 3.14%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Tuna

Prawns

Carrageenan

Guar Gum

Fish

Pros

  • Rich in high-quality animal protein
  • Contains the moisture your cat needs for hydration
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives

Cons

  • Low fat and calorie content may increase the serving size
  • Contains guar gum and carrageenan as thickeners

#3 Fussie Cat Market Fresh Quail & Duck Meal Recipe Dry Cat Food

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If your cat suffers from food allergies, this quail and duck meal recipe might be a better pick than the salmon formula. Not only is it completely chicken-free, but it is made with two novel protein sources: quail and duck. Both of these appear at the top of the ingredients list.

Unfortunately, peas and pea flour appear on the list of ingredients here, too. Combined with alfalfa meal, cranberries, and blueberries, these ingredients contribute to an estimated carbohydrate content around 30% which is much higher than I’d like.

Another downside of this formula is that the main source of added fat is plant-based. Sunflower oil is a rich source of omega-6 fatty acids, but I’d rather see the duck fat (a source of omega-3s) listed first.

Overall, this is a protein-rich dry food with moderate fat content and high carbohydrate content.  

Ingredients

Quail, Duck Meal, Peas, Pea Flour, Sunflower Oil, Duck Fat, Duck, Natural Flavors, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Salt, Alfalfa Meal, Fructooligosaccharides, Taurine, Cranberries, Blueberries, Kelp, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate) Mixed Tocopherols.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 33%
Crude Fat: 15%
Crude Fiber: 5.5%
Moisture: 10%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 36.67%
Fat: 16.67%
Fiber: 6.11%
Carbs: 40.56%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 31.15%
Fat: 34.39%
Carbs: 34.46%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Quail

Duck Meal

Duck Fat

Duck

Peas

Pea Flour

Alfalfa Meal

None

Pros

  • Chicken-free and made with novel proteins
  • Two premium animal proteins at the top of the list
  • Free from fillers, by-products, and artificial additives

Cons

  • Doesn’t contain the moisture your cat needs
  • Significant carbohydrate content

How Much Does Fussie Cat Food Cost?

Fussie Cat isn’t the most expensive pet food brand out there, but it isn’t cheap. Their dry foods come in 2lb, 4lb, and 10lb bags which cost between $0.20 and $0.30 per ounce, but that still adds up to over $3.00 per pound. Fussie Cat canned foods average close to $0.50 per ounce.

Overall, Is Fussie Cat Food A Good Choice?

My overall impression of Fussie Cat is that it’s a decent brand. I appreciate that their dry foods often feature novel proteins and there are some chicken-free options. I also like that their canned foods are packed with animal protein and very low in carbohydrates.

That being said, I have a few concerns. First, the carbohydrate content of Fussie Cat dry foods is very high – this comes from the inclusion of a significant number of plant ingredients, including legumes and pulses. Second, most of their canned foods seem to be thickened with carrageenan. It’s also worth noting that while Fussie Cat does offer a decent variety of products, most of their canned foods are either tuna- or chicken-based.

If you’re looking for a protein-rich recipe for your cat and you don’t mind spending a little extra to get it, Fussie Cat canned foods could be a good option. You might just want to include them in a rotational diet to avoid a primarily fish-based diet.

Fussie Cat dry foods are a good option for cats with food allergies, but you can probably find something similar with lower carb content for a lower price.

Where Is Fussie Cat Food Sold?

Fussie Cat is sold by small and independent pet food retailers as well as major online retailers like Amazon and Chewy. You can find Fussie Cat online from other retailers, though you should note that Target, Petco, PetSmart, and Walmart.com are not authorized dealers of Fussie Cat.

 

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About Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Also an avid dog lover and adoring owner of three cats, Kate’s love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care and nutrition. Kate is also a blogger for a number of organic and natural food companies as well as a columnist for several pet magazines.

7 thoughts on “Fussie Cat Food Review

  1. Fred Mastrippolito

    Thank You for your review. I have on cat that s so picky and she throws up a lot. I’m going to try the Halo Quail & Garden Greens and the Instinct by Nature’s Varity Real Duck recipe.

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  2. Fred Mastrippolito

    It’s really difficult to find a quality wet cat food for picky senior cats. I thought Fussie cat would work but maybe not? I’ve narrowed it down to Open Farm Harvest Chicken Rustic Blend. Or maybe Weruva but it seems to be high in additives that don’t look appropriate for cats (Potato Starch and Xanthan Gum). Your thoughts on these two selections?

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  3. Linda Friedman

    My cat will only eat any of the fish ingredients foods by Fussie Cat. Is there a problem that she doesn’t like any of the chicken ingredients offerings?

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    1. Avatar photoKate Barrington Post author

      Doesn’t sound like a problem, your cat just might prefer fish! Glad to hear she likes Fussie Cat!

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  4. Jorge Ruiz

    I recently purchased a varity of Fussie canned cat food, after the cat food sat for 8 hours it turned into a bowl of maggots.
    I also let other brands such as Fancy Feast, Friskies, and Rachel Ray sit out the same amount of time and no maggots developed.
    I also cooked fish and chicken and nothing happened.
    I don’t know what would cause this but it was disgusting.
    I will never buy another can of Fussie Canned cat food.

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Interesting; thanks for sharing, Jorge. The fact that the food attracted more flies than others doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s anything wrong with it, but it is curious that this occurred at all.

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    2. sue muttersbach

      It’s because the other foods have artificial preservative and Fussie Cat is clean. Any food will attract flies after while. I would be leery of those that didn’t.

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