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- Meat is the first ingredient – 1 Star
- Uses some unnamed meats – 1 Star
- Above average protein content – 1 Star
- Less than 4 controversial ingredients – 1 Star
- Catological Discretionary Rating – 0.5 Star
Although very similar to their Premium option, insofar as fillers are limited and the recipes are mostly meat, this is a far superior option since chicken, not tuna, is the main ingredient.
Here’s a few important points:
- Meat is the first ingredient
- Very minimal fillers are used, with only one recipe containing over 2% carbohydrates on a Dry Matter Basis
- Thickeners and gelling agents are used, but not as many as in the Premium lineup
- They are very protein-heavy, but we’d like to see a bit more fat and organ meat
- This is quite a limited ingredient food that is mostly appropriate for your cat, but the lower fat content and lack of organ meats stop it from being a 5 star meal
Fussie Cat’s Super Premium product line includes 7 wet recipes/flavors.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage or packaging: Growth (G), Maintenance (M), All Life Stages (A), Supplemental (S) or Unspecified (U).
The star rating is a rough average of all of the flavors in a single line of food. If an individual recipe scored lower or higher, we will mark that below, next to the flavor.
- Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken (A)
- Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken & Vegetables (A)
- Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken with Duck (A)
- Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken & Beef (A)
- Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken with Egg (A)
- Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken with Sweet Potato (A)
- Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken with Chicken Liver (A)
Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken with Duck was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Fussie Cat Super Premium Chicken with Duck
Wet Cat Food
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||73%||17%||1%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||64%||35%||1%|
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Fiber (guaranteed analysis)
Is real, named meat the first ingredient?
Boneless Chicken, Water Sufficient for Processing, Tapioca Starch, Duck, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Locust Bean Gum, Calcium Lactate, Chicken Broth, Salt, Fructooligosaccharide, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Source of Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.
The first ingredient in this cat food is boneless chicken. Good.
While quality of the individual ingredient can vary, chicken is a very good protein source for cats.
It’s also important to note that chicken contains about 70% water, so when it is processed and cooked for use in cat food, it will become a smaller part of the total recipe.
After water, the second ingredient is tapioca starch. OK, but with reservations.
Used in many grain-free recipes as a starch to bind the food together.
While it’s not very nutritional and doesn’t compare well to grains in some cases, there’s likely not enough of it to cause any digestive issues for your cat.
The third ingredient is duck. Good.
While quality of the individual ingredient can vary, duck is a good protein source for cats.
It’s also important to note that duck contains about 70% water, so when it is processed and cooked for use in cat food, it will become a smaller part of the total recipe.
The fourth ingredient is sunflower seed oil. Good.
This is a decent source of fat for energy and potentially for a healthy coat.
Some prefer meat-based fats, like chicken fat, but sunflower seed oil is not bad.
The fifth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate. Good.
Tricalcium phosphate is both a useful phosphorous supplement to help regulate acidity in the body, and an emulsifier.
It helps the food stay together a bit more in general, but without “caking” or “clumping”.
The sixth ingredient is locust bean gum. OK, but with reservations.
This is a non-nutritive binder / gelling agent.
There are reports that it could possibly be dangerous in high quantities, and may be bad for the gut, though scientific studies are needed to confirm these claims.
Like with anything, it appears that very high doses could be harmful, but there is likely not near enough in this recipe to cause worry.
This recipe includes a number of other ingredients, but once you get down this far, none of them will be in large enough quantities to make a real difference, except for the added vitamins and minerals.
To read a more in depth article about any of the ingredients listed here, check out our Cat Food Ingredient Wiki (currently under development).
The Catological Verdict on Fussie Cat Super Premium Wet Cat Food
From top to bottom, this is an above average wet food.
It includes a lot of meat, and there are no fillers.
The meat it does include is mostly chicken, which is a great meat for cats.
The minimal gelling/thickening agents are likely in such small quantity as to not be a factor in terms of having any negative side effects on your kitty.
The protein content is very high, since it is mostly chicken, but the fat content is not quite high enough to get to a “wild” diet. Feral and other wild felines eat somewhere around 50% of their daily calories from fat.
This is a good example of a wet food you should be feeding your cat.
To review, on a dry matter basis, this food is 73% protein, 17% fat, and 1% carbs.
As a group, the brand has an average protein content of 73%, and average fat content of 16%, and an average carb content of 2%.
Compared to the other 2000+ foods in our database, this food has:
- Above average protein.
- Average fat.
- Below average carbs.
Because meat is the first ingredient (and pretty much the only ingredient), and there are no fillers, our rating for this brand is 4.5 stars.
Fussie Cat Cat Food Recall History
We do not believe that a recall indicates a low quality food or company, and we respect the fact that sometimes things happen that cause a manufacturer to recall a food.
Usually these things are non-life-threatening, and we think it’s important to take a moment to be thankful about just how few recalls there really are in the industry, considering the enormous volume of food produced.
However, we do believe that a history of recalls may point to a larger issue with a company, and that discerning consumers want to know who they’re buying from, especially when it comes to something as important as the food you feed your beloved cat.
Here is a list of recalls that have affected the Fussie Cat brand in the past:
- We can find no evidence of a recall in Fussie Cat’s history
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