Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Applaws Mousse Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict



Applaws Natural Wet Cat Food Plain Mousse range receives the Cat Food Advisor highest rating, 4.5 stars.

Made from natural ingredients it contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

  • Made with natural ingredients
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Limited ingredient recipe
  • Expensive

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

The Applaws Natural Wet Cat Food Plain Mousse product line includes eight cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken 4.5 U
Ocean Fish 4.5 U
Salmon 4.5 U
Seabream 4.5 U
Tuna 4.5 U
Chicken & Carrot 4.5 U
Chicken with Duck 4.5 U
Chicken with Pumpkin 4.5 U

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Applaws Natural Wet Cat Food Plain Mousse Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Applaws Natural Wet Cat Food Plain Mousse Chicken

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Chicken broth, chicken breast, sunflower oil, carrageenan, locust bean gum

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, they are a common component in many wet products.

The second ingredient is chicken breast. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 1. 

Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The third ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils. Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is carrageenan, this is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety. 

The article, The Carrageenan Controversy, published in Scientific American, does a good job of addressing this topic.

The fifth ingredient is locust bean gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in some wet pet foods. Extracted from the seeds of the carob tree, locust bean gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to a cat food.

This recipe receives a 5star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Applaws Mousse looks like an above-average wet food product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 85.7%, a fat level of 7.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 0%.

As a group, the brand features an above average protein content of 77.1% and a below average fat level of 10.2%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 4.7%, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 13%.

This means the Applaws Mousse product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and below-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Applaws Mousse offer cats an excellent source of high quality protein made with natural, wholesome ingredients, free from grains, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Has Applaws cat food been recalled in the past?

In Applaws’ 15-year history, it has not had a product recalled.

You can view a complete list of all cat food recalls since 2021 here.

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Applaws is owned by premium pet food company MPM, which specializes in the production of high quality, human-grade pet foods made from natural, clean-label ingredients.

Applaws has been creating natural cat and dog food for 15 years.

Its wet pet food is made in Thailand; sourced from human-quality food suppliers.


1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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