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Last updated: 24 January 2017

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:

  • Calcium, phosphorus, sodium and magnesium (minerals)
  • Taurine (an important amino acid)
  • Crude protein, fat, fibre, carbohydrates and moisture
  • Ash levels (inorganic residue produced as part of the proximate analysis)
  • Metabolisable energy (ME): The amount of energy available to the animal.

Many similarly-performing Recommended products vary wildly in price. Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are best value based on:

  • cost per 100g of "as fed" product
  • cost per 100g of dry matter (moisture removed)
  • cost based on energy consumption

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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The retail price we paid. Often, you will find cat food cheaper on special or as part of a multibuy deal.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0.59 and 7.69

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Cost per 100g – as fed

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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.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0.21 and 2.46

Cost per 100g – dry matter

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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.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0.98 and 14.46

Cost per 1000kcal ME – dry matter

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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.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 2.1 and 32.62

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Calcium to phosphorus ratio score

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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.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 10 and 100

Minerals score

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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.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 72.5 and 100

Protein score

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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).

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 100 and 100

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Calculated moisture content

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 75.1 and 86.6

Unit weight (g)

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 70 and 410

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  • Brand
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  • Price
  • Cost per 100g – as fed
  • Cost per 100g – dry matter
  • Cost per 1000kcal ME – dry matter
  • Overall score
  • Calcium to phosphorus ratio
  • Calcium to phosphorus ratio score
  • Minerals score
  • Protein score
  • Taurine score
  • Fat score
  • Ash score
  • Calcium content – dry matter
  • Calcium content – per 1000kcal ME dry matter (g)
  • Phosphorus content – dry matter
  • Phosphorus content – per 1000kcal ME dry matter (g)
  • Magnesium content – dry matter
  • Magnesium content – per 1000kcal ME dry matter (g)
  • Sodium content – dry matter
  • Sodium content – per 1000kcal ME dry matter (g)
  • Calculated crude protein content – as fed
  • Calculated crude protein content – per 1000kcal ME dry matter (g)
  • Taurine content – dry matter
  • Taurine content – per 1000kcal ME dry matter (g)
  • Calculated crude fat content – as fed
  • Calculated crude fat content – dry matter
  • Calculated ash content – dry matter
  • Calculated moisture content
  • Calculated metabolisable energy per 100g – wet (kcal)
  • Calculated metabolisable energy per 100g – dry matter (kcal)
  • Calculated crude fibre per 100g – as fed (g)
  • Unit weight (g)
  • Origin
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