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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Fussie Cat Fine Dining Mousse Formulas (Wet) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

Fussie Cat Fine Dining Mousse Formulas receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3.5 stars

This range of food offers a near-average level of protein which is derived from animal protein.  However, carbohydrate content is high and some recipes contain more than one controversial ingredient.

Pros
  • Good sources of animal protein
  • Rich in fat and moisture
  • Reasonable range to choose from
Cons
  • High carbohydrate content
  • Contains more than one controversial ingredient

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

Fussie Cat Fine Dining Mousse product line includes five cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Fine Dining Mousse - Chicken with Pumpkin Entree in Gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Mousse - Mackerel with Pumpkin Entree in Gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Mousse - Ocean Fish with Pumpkin Entree in Gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Mousse - Sardine with Pumpkin Entree in Gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Mousse - Tuna with Pumpkin Entree in Gravy 4 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Fussie Cat Fine Dining Mousse – Chicken with Pumpkin Entree in Gravy recipe 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.

Fussie Cat Fine Dining Mousse - Chicken with Pumpkin Entree in Gravy recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

40%

Protein

20%

Fat

32%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Water sufficient for processing, chicken, tuna, pumpkin, tapioca starch, canola oil, yeast extract, tricalcium phosphate, sodium tripolyphosphate, minerals (ferrous sulfate monohydrate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate monohydrate, copper glycine complex, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), magnesium sulfate, fructooligosaccharide, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin), dandelion leaf powder, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

The second ingredient is chicken, which 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 tunaTuna is an oily marine fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.  2

The fourth ingredient is pumpkinPumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The sixth ingredient is canola oilUnfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact that canola oil can be a significant source of  omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a cat than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The seventh ingredient is yeast extract, which can be a controversial item.  Dried yeast contains about 45% protein and is rich in other healthy nutrients. Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.  Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. In any case, unless your cat is specifically allergic to it, we feel yeast should be considered a positive addition.

The eighth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus.  In addition, this additive is used in wet foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.  

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product.However, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium.  Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Fussie Cat Fine Dining Mousse – Chicken with Pumpkin Entree in Gravy looks like an average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 32%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 13.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36.2% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 33%.This means this Fussie Cat Fine Dining Mousse Formulas contain higher than average protein, near-average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This range of food contains good quality animal protein, although levels across the range are near-average.  Fat content is high, as is carbohydrate.  Vitamins and minerals have been added, so these products provide a balanced diet.



Has Fussie Cat cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Fussie Cat Foods has no history of product recalls.

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

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About

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. Its wet foods are made in Thailand and its dry foods in the USA. Fussie Cat uses an FDA-approved human food facility.

Sources

1: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

2: [1. Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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