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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Fussie Cat Gravy Formulas (Wet) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Fussie Cat Gravy Formulas cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

This range of food offers high levels of protein which is derived from animal meat which is listed twice in the first three ingredients.  Both fat and carbohydrate content is low, whilst the formulas are moisture rich.  With added vitamins and minerals, this food offers a well balanced diet.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Good quality animal protein
  • Low Carbohydrate and fat content
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • More expensive than some cat foods

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

Fussie Cat Gravy Formulas product line includes five cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Fussie Cat Tuna with Chicken Formula in Gravy 5 A
Fussie Cat Tuna with Ocean Fish Formula in Gravy 5 A
Fussie Cat Tuna with Prawn Formula in Gravy 5 A
Fussie Cat Tuna with Salmon Formula in Gravy 5 A
Fussie Cat Tuna with Small Anchovies Formula in Gravy 5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Fussie Cat Tuna with Chicken Formula 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 Tuna with Chicken Formula in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

74.3%

Protein

9.1%

Fat

8.6%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Tuna, water sufficient for processing, chicken, tapioca starch, sunflower seed oil, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, choline chloride, taurine, fructooligosaccharide, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, nicotinic acid, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochoride, folic acid, potassium iodide, menadione sodium bisulfate complex, vitamin B12 supplement.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is tuna. Tuna 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.  1

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

The third ingredient is chicken which is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 2

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 sunflower seed oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil.  Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, 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 sixth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate,  a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorous. 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.

The seventh ingredient is xanthan gum, which is a food additive used here as a thickener to create gravy-like consistency.  

The eighth ingredient is choline chloride, an essential B vitamin that naturally occurs in both plants and animals. It is found in meat, eggs, fish, liver, soybeans and wheat germ.

Because a cat cannot store choline chloride in its body, the nutrient must be replenished to avoid a deficiency.  Choline chloride is a supplement required by both AAFCO and the FDA.

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.

There are 2 notable exceptions in this recipe.

Taurine, an essential amino acid for cats associated with the healthy function of heart muscle and eye sight, and is crucial for maintaining good health in cats. 

We view the presence of Taurine in this recipe as a positive addition.

Next, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener3 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Tuna with Chicken Formula in Gravy looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 74.3%, a fat level of 9.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 8.6%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 74.3% and a mean fat level of 9.1%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 8.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 12%.

This means this Fussie Cat Gravy Formulas range contains above-average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and lower than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Human-grade cat food products that always have high-quality protein first recipes. Free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

The Cat Food Advisor highly recommends this food.

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.

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

Sources

1: [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].

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

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