Wet cat food that comes in cans, sachets or pouches is a huge part of the Australian pet food market. CHOICE analyses 35 samples to see if they meet key nutrient levels. Our cat food buying guide helps you decode the labels and discover what nutrients you need to look for, and how we test outlines our testing criteria.
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Our test covers retail "wet" cat foods sold in Australia that claim to meet minimum nutrient guidelines specified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). These are often marketed as "complete", "complete and balanced" or"nutritionally complete"
Our lab analyses key aspects, including:
Many similarly-performing Recommended products vary wildly in price. Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are best value based on:
Our costs are based on the price we paid which is a typical retail price, but supermarkets and other retail outlets regularly run special offers on cat food, so on those occasions you could stock up and save big.
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List of brands we tested in this review.
The retail price we paid. Often, you will find cat food cheaper on special or as part of a multibuy deal.
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Any sample on test scoring 80% or over provides a good balance of tested nutrients. Below that, a sample scoring 70% or more is worth considering, and anything 60% or above is OK for occasional use.
Cost for 100g of cat food on an "as fed", or wet basis (straight from the packet or tin). Given that cat food is 75–85% moisture, the remaining dry matter is the most important part. Moisture isn't a bad thing as water is essential for a cat, and fussy drinkers may get most of their moisture from food, but it's worth considering when you compare brands.
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Our lab calculates the moisture content of the cat food. Water typically makes up 75-85% so once this is taken out of the equation you have a better understanding of the cost per 100g.
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We calculate the metabolisable energy (ME; the energy available to the cat) and then convert it to a cost per 1000kcal ME. You will be able to compare prices between varieties for the same amount of energy.
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Calcium to phosphorus ratio score, based on recommended values published in the European pet food industry guidelines, as well as expert advice. Any product with a ratio between 1:1 and 2:1 provides a good balance of these two minerals, with optimal levels between 1.2:1 and 1.4:1. A Ca:P ratio is not in the official AAFCO guidelines. For more on manufacturers' responses, see our Good/Bad points and our How We Test Cat food article.
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We test calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sodium levels to see if they meet minimum requirements. There isn't enough evidence about toxic concentrations, but some studies show that an excess of some minerals such as calcium and magnesium could have an adverse effect.
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We check to see if these meet minimum guidelines. Minimum AAFCO crude protein requirement is 65g per 1000kcal ME dry matter (after moisture is removed).
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