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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Fussie Cat Fine Dining Pate (Wet) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Fussie Cat Fine Dining Pate cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars

This range of food includes protein sources derived from animal meat.  Fat content is relatively low, although it is moisture rich.  Each recipe contains added vitamins and minerals, so provides a good diet option for all cats.

Pros
  • Source of good quality animal meat
  • Omega fatty acids included
  • High in vitamin B12
Cons
  • Relatively expensive
  • Low in protein

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

Fussie Cat Fine Dining Pate product line includes ten cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Fine Dining Pate - Chicken Entree in gravy 4.5 A
Fine Dining Pate - Chicken with Lamb Entree in gravy 4.5 A
Fine Dining Pate - Mackerel Entree in gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Pate - Mackerel with Beef Entree in gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Pate - Oceanfish Entree in gravy 4 A
Fine Dining Pate - Oceanfish with Salmon Entree in gravy 4 A
Fine Dining Pate - Sardine Entree in gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Pate - Sardine with Chicken Entree in gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Pate - Tuna with Vegetables Entree in gravy 3.5 A
Fine Dining Pate - Tuna with Shrimp Entree in gravy 3.5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Fussie Cat Fine Dining Pate – Mackerel 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 Pate - Mackerel Entree in gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

35%

Protein

15%

Fat

42%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Water sufficient for processing, mackerel, chicken, tapioca starch, rice flour, sunflower oil, natural flavor, dandelion powder, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper glycine complex, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), potassium chloride, fructooligosaccharides, calcium sulfate, 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), choline chloride, taurine, magnesium sulfate, sodium tripolyphosphate.


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 mackerel.  Mackerel is an oily salt-water fish naturally high in protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fat needed by every dog to sustain life.

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

The fifth ingredient is rice flour.  Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The sixth 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. 

The seventh ingredient is natural flavor.  Natural flavors doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this cat food for flavoring purposes. 

We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients.  Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats.

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 Pate – Mackerel Entree in gravy looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 35%, a fat level of 15% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 42%.

As a group, the brand features an near-average protein content of 38.5% and near-average fat level of 16%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 37.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 41%.

This means this Fussie Cat Fine Dining Pate range contains near-average protein, higher than average carbohydrate and near-average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

These recipes all include good quality animal protein, although protein levels overall are near-average.  This range is low in fat and high in moisture content, although carbohydrate content is high.

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].

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