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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: November 24, 2023

Fussie Cat Pouch Formulas (Wet) Review

Updated: November 24, 2023

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

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

This range of food offers very good levels of protein, derived from good quality animal meat which is listed twice in the first three ingredients in most of the recipes.  Carbohydrate is low, fat near-average and moisture content high.  Vitamins and minerals have also been added making this food a very good diet option for your cat.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Quality animal protein included
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • High in moisture
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • Slightly 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 Pouches Formulas product line includes 11 cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Fussie Cat Pouch - Tuna with Shrimp in Aspic 5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Tuna with Salmon in Aspic 5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Tuna with Small Anchovies in Aspic 5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Tuna with Ocean Fish in Aspic 5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Tuna with Chicken in Aspic 5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Tuna with Chicken in Gravy 5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Sardine in Gravy 4.5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Ocean Fish in Gravy 4.5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Chicken with Tuna in Gravy 5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Chicken in Gravy 5 M
Fussie Cat Pouch - Mackerel in Gravy 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Fussie Cat Tuna with Salmon in Aspic 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 Salmon in Aspic

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

61.5%

Protein

11.5%

Fat

18.9%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Water sufficient for processing, tuna, salmon, carrageenan, glycine, sunflower seed oil, locust bean gum, tuna oil, calcium carbonate, xanthan gum, choline chloride, taurine, fructooligosaccharide, inulin, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, nicotinic acid, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper sulfate, folic acid, potassium iodide, menadione sodium bisulfate, vitamin B12 supplement.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

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 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 third 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 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 glycineGlycine is an amino acid.  This is usually included to improve protein quality of the food.  Glycine is seen as a positive addition to this food.

The sixth 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 seventh 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.  

The eighth ingredient is tuna oil.  Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids.  These two high quality fats boast the highest bioavailability to dogs and humans. 

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Tuna with Salmon in Aspic looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 61.5%, a fat level of 11.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 18.9%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 60.7% and a mean fat level of 11.4%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19.9% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 19%.

This means this Fussie Cat Pouches Formulas range contains above-average protein, below-average carbohydrate and near-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].

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