Written by John Seeberg

Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 23, 2024

Fussie Cat Market Fresh Review

Updated: January 23, 2024

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

Fussie Cat Market Fresh Dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3 stars.

This range of dry food is high in carbohydrate and the protein offered is near-average.  Plant based proteins are used, so this also needs to be considered when evaluating the protein level and sources of protein that you are looking for.

Pros
  • Species appropriate protein listed as first ingredient
  • Added vitamins and minerals
  • Free from artificial additives
Cons
  • Plant based proteins used
  • High in carbohydrates

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

The Fussie Cat Market Fresh product line includes five dry cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Market Fresh - Salmon 3 A
Market Fresh - Salmon & Chicken Meal 3 A
Market Fresh - Chicken & Turkey Meal 3 A
Market Fresh - Guinea Fowl & Turkey Meal 3 A
Market Fresh - Quail & Duck Meal 3 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Fussie Cat Market Fresh – Salmon & Chicken Meal recipe was selected to represent the other products in this line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

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

Fussie Cat Market Fresh - Salmon & Chicken Meal recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

38.9%

Protein

16.7%

Fat

36.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Salmon, chicken meal, peas, chickpeas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken, natural flavors, catfish meal, flaxseed, alfalfa meal, salt, choline chloride, salmon meal, fructooligosaccharides, vitamins (niacin, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, biotin), taurine, dried dandelion greens, mixed tocopherol (preservative), minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, potassium chloride, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), dried kelp, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, rosemary extract.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The fourth ingredient is chickpeas. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The sixth ingredient is chicken. 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 seventh ingredient is natural flavors. 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.

The eighth ingredient is catfish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fishmeal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations. 2

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.

However, there is one notable exception: This food also contains chelated minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods.

Recipe star rating 3

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Fussie Cat Market Fresh – Salmon & Chicken Meal recipe looks like an average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 38.9%, a fat level of 16.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 36.4%.

As a group, the brand features a near-average protein content of 37.6% and a near-average fat level of 16.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38.1% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 43%.

This means the Fussie Cat Market Fresh range contains near-average protein, higher than average carbohydrate and near-average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

This range of dry food contains some good ingredients, most notably animal protein, which is listed as the first ingredient in each recipe.  Plant based proteins are used and carbohydrate content is high, so these need to be considered when evaluating each recipe.

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

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