Best Cat Foods

Wet food or dry food, and how often should they be fed? Your cuddly felines deserve the best in everything, including nutrition. Learn everything you need to know about choosing the right cat food for your precious pets. Read more…

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Trilogy Cat Food

Trilogy Cat Food

4.6  (526)
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  • TypeDry, Can and Treat
  • Life StageKitten and Adult
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Mandy L
Mandy LTAS
  Cat Treats Freeze Dried Lamb
Freeze dried treatsLouie loves these treats he waits for them every morning after his breckie Show details
Black Hawk Cat Food

Black Hawk Cat Food

4.8  (101)
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  • TypeDry and Pouch
  • Life StageKitten, Adult and Senior
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Caty
CatyQLD7 posts
  Dry Cat Food Original Chicken & Kangaroo
Fussy Cat Food

Fussy Cat Food 🏆 2024

4.2  (672)
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  • TypeDry, Can, Pouch and Treat
  • Life StageKitten and Adult
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Kristy T
Kristy TNSW9 posts
  Fair Incentive Chilled Cat Food Finest Mince with Kangaroo
A meal your cats will adoreMy cats absolutely love this product. I like feeding it to them as it is great quality. It is a little pricey, but quite competitive to similar products. Show details
V.I.P. Petfoods Paws Fresh Pet Mince

V.I.P. Petfoods Paws Fresh Pet Mince

3.8  (102)
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  • TypePouch
  • Life StageAdult
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Gale S.
Gale S.Tasmania5 posts
 
V.I.P. Petfoods
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Hill's Prescription Diet Dry Cat Food

Hill's Prescription Diet Dry Cat Food

4.2  (26)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult and Senior
QLDZDR
QLDZDRBrisbane545 posts
  Gastrointestinal Biome
Fancy Feast Royale (Can)

Fancy Feast Royale (Can)

4.3  (22)
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  • TypeCan
  • Life StageAdult
Mrs M.
Mrs M.NSW45 posts
 
Has Fancy Feast changed owners?My cats won't eat it anymoreMy cats loved Fancy Feast but in the past few months they have gone off the brand, infact it does smell badly now when it did not before so i wasted $50 a fortnight ago because my cats won't eat it now Show details
Purina One Dry Cat Food

Purina One Dry Cat Food

3.9  (22)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageKitten and Adult
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Lee Webster
Lee Webster2 posts
  Kitten Chicken
No smelly pooMy kittens love this it’s convenient as it is available at supermarkets pretty good quality for supermarkets band it would be more beneficial if I could buy in bulk it only comes in one size and when you have several kittens it does go far enough Show details
Whiskas Milk Plus

Whiskas Milk Plus

3.3  (22)
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  • Life StageAdult and Kitten
Angry
Angry SA6 posts
 
Look at the ingredients it has sugar in it. Sugar that cats can’t digestIt has sugar in it. Other cat milk replacers don’t. I wrote to whiskas two years ago re this and never heard back from them. Cats and kittens cannot digest sugar. Really silly to put sugar in a cat and kitten product. I do not buy anymore. Problem solved. Show details
Ivory Coat Cat Food

Ivory Coat Cat Food

3.4  (20)
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  • TypeDry and Pouch
  • Life StageKitten, Adult and Senior
Rusty
RustyVIC9 posts
  Grain Free Adult Dry Cat Food Ocean Fish & Salmon
very happythe bite size pieces were perfect for my doggys. The size makes it easy to mix with other wet food and mince etc Show details
Royal Canin Indoor 27

Royal Canin Indoor 27

4.9  (8)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
Puppyracer
PuppyracerVIC9 posts
 
The cat’s meowLess stinky poo, can enjoys it️. I usually wait to buy it when it’s in special Show details
Dine Kitten with Ocean Fish

Dine Kitten with Ocean Fish

4.9  (7)
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  • Life StageKitten
Miggy Map
Miggy Map
 
My Picky Cat Favourite FoodMy cat Loki is a very picky eater when it comes to trying new cat food. But when I introduce Dine Kitten with Ocean Fish to his diet. He really loves it. And now its his new favourite. Show details
Optimum Adult Dry Cat Food

Optimum Adult Dry Cat Food

4.9  (7)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
Scott B
Scott BNSW27 posts
  Furball with Chicken
Royal Canin Sensible 33

Royal Canin Sensible 33

4.7  (7)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
CHH
CHH13 posts
 
Feline Greenies Dental Treats

Feline Greenies Dental Treats

5.0  (5)
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  • TypeTreat
  • Life StageKitten
bat
batVIC110 posts
  Verified
Royal Canin Mother and Babycat Ultra Soft Mousse

Royal Canin Mother and Babycat Ultra Soft Mousse

5.0  (5)
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  • TypeCan
  • Life StageAdult and Kitten
Schelle
SchelleQLD7 posts
  Verified
Royal Canin Oral Care

Royal Canin Oral Care

3.9  (7)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
Tatiana F.
Tatiana F.SA4 posts
 
Hill's Science Diet Adult Dry Cat Food

Hill's Science Diet Adult Dry Cat Food

3.7  (7)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult and Senior
Alexander
AlexanderVIC15 posts
  Adult 11+
cat will not eat itmy cat eats nearly anything i give it except this. the look on its face was bad and it walked backwards to get away Show details
Applaws Tuna Fillet With Prawn

Applaws Tuna Fillet With Prawn

3.7  (7)
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  • TypeCan
  • Life StageAdult and Kitten
Amy
AmySA2 posts
 
Advance Premium Dry Cat Food

Advance Premium Dry Cat Food

3.3  (8)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageKitten, Adult and Senior
OOF
OOF2 posts
  Adult Cat Dry Cat Food - Chicken
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Royal Canin Intense Hairball 34

Royal Canin Intense Hairball 34

4.2  (5)
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  • TypePouch
  • Life StageAdult
Bruce Harding
Bruce HardingQLD2 posts
 
Optimum Kitten with Chicken Dry Cat Food

Optimum Kitten with Chicken Dry Cat Food

3.4  (7)
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  • TypePouch
  • Life StageKitten
Cassandra
CassandraVictoria5 posts
 
Dine Soups

Dine Soups

4.8  (4)
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  • TypePouch
Stephen Shaw
Stephen ShawNSW2 posts
  Melting Soup Tuna & Chicken
  • TypeCan
  • Life StageAdult
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Anna
Anna
 
  • Life StageAdult, Kitten and Senior
Gordon Howard
Gordon HowardNSW5 posts
 
Royal Canin Light Weight Care Adult Dry

Royal Canin Light Weight Care Adult Dry

4.0  (4)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
Toby V.
Toby V.ACT2 posts
 
Double-win for a naughty catMy fat kitty likes this better than her brother's food, so it's a double-win. Shes losing weight AND not robbing her poor sibling Show details
Chomp Pit'R Pat Liver Flavor Tasty Treats

Chomp Pit'R Pat Liver Flavor Tasty Treats

4.3  (3)
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  • TypeTreat
  • Life StageAdult
Stephen
StephenErskine Park2 posts
 
"Kitty Crack"!!!!Oscar my cat absolutely goes nuts for these treats. I have no way of knowing why, but he loves them and even performs tricks in the hope of getting some. Highly recommend.

Royal Canin Feline Dental

Royal Canin Feline Dental

4.3  (3)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
Deeba
Deeba17 posts
 
Hill's Science Diet Kitten Chicken Recipe

Hill's Science Diet Kitten Chicken Recipe

3.0  (5)
 Summary
  • TypePouch
  • Life StageKitten
Natalie
NatalieACT8 posts
 
Coles Cat Food Mince with Chicken Gravy Adult

Coles Cat Food Mince with Chicken Gravy Adult

2.0  (10)
 Summary
  • TypeCan
  • Life StageAdult
Emily M.
Emily M.VIC
 
Snappy Tom Cans

Snappy Tom Cans

4.0  (3)
 Summary
  • TypeCan
  • Life StageAdult
SailingSol
SailingSol3 posts
  Verified Fisherman's Basket
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Cat eating dry kibble

All cats, like humans, are unique and they require different foods depending on many varying factors. A kitten is going to require different nutrients than an adult car or a senior cat and those with specific health problems may require a different diet. All the best cat foods contain enough animal-based protein in their diets to mimic a natural feline diet along with useful vitamins and minerals to support healthy bodily functions.

Best cat food for different cat life stages

What to feed kittens

Kittens need up to three times more calories, fats, proteins and nutrients than adult cats since they are growing at a rapid pace. By 6 months old, they will have reached 75% of their adult body mass so it’s essential that they get the best start early on in terms of nutrition.

Kittens will be weaned from their mother’s milk between 4-8 weeks old, and after this, food using a kitten specific formula should be given until a cat is 12 months old. These contain higher amounts of protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and other vitamins to support growth, healthy bones and the immune system.

They can come in the form of wet, canned food or dry food, often known as kibble - although these will be softer than adult kibble. After 12 months, they can transition to adult cat food. Kittens should be offered food around 3-4 times a day, similar to human infants, they need frequent feeding. After they become adults, they can be fed 2 times a day. Many cats prefer to graze and eat throughout the day, in which case dry food can be used.

What to feed adult cats

Adult cats are not one-size-fits-all and have many varieties too - your cat’s lifestyle, body type and taste preferences will determine the best cat food to choose.

Unlike kitten food, adult cat food contains fewer calories to minimise the chance of weight gain. However, the caloric intake of your cat should be determined by how active your cat is and if they are an inside or outside cat.

Special anti-hairball diets can be used with indoor cats to reduce the chance of hairball regurgitation - this diet contains higher amounts of fibre and special enzymes to prevent the formation of hairballs in the stomach.

Similarly, choosing wet or dry food will depend on how often you are able to feed your cat and their taste preferences.

What to feed pregnant cats

Pregnant cats can be fed with a kitten formula at around 4 weeks into their pregnancy. Your cat will require more calories and protein during this period and this diet should be continued until 8 weeks after giving birth when all the kittens have been weaned.

When switching cat foods, it’s important to do it as gradually as possible to make it easier on your cat’s digestive system. It’s preferable to do this over 7-10 days by slowly mixing more of the new food with the old food each day until the old food has been completely replaced.

What to feed senior cats

Cats older than 7 years require a higher concentration of protein and controlled levels of fat and carbohydrates to maintain energy levels and help with digestion. In addition, cat foods tailored for senior cats will contain vitamins and minerals geared to help with aging joints and to boost the immune system. Some brands offer cat food tailored specifically for cats over the age of 12.

Pros and cons of types of cat food

Dry cat food

Pros
Longer shelf life
Cheaper than wet or raw food
More calories than wet food & need to be fed less often
Can be left out all day
Compatible with food dispensers & food puzzles
Cons
Less moisture & should be supplemented with a drinking bowl
Less flavour/appealing texture
Contains more preservatives

Dry cat food, otherwise known as kibble, is a very convenient option for many who want to leave food out for their cat to munch on throughout the day. Overfeeding may be mitigated with a timed feeder for cats that need to curb their eating. It provides great nutrition in a compact size and cats need to be fed less often due to the higher caloric ingredients. They are generally cheaper and have a longer shelf life than their wet food counterparts, making them a convenient option for many cat owners.

However, they contain less moisture than wet foods and may not be suitable to be used exclusively on cats susceptible to urinary problems. In addition, they contain preservatives to support their long shelf-life.

Wet cat food

Pros
High moisture content
More meat protein and fewer carbohydrates
Less artificial preservatives
Cons
More expensive
Shorter shelf life
Can’t be left out for longer than 4 hours

Wet foods are highly palatable for cats and fussy eaters due to their texture and smell mimicking natural meat more closely - they should be served at room temperature. They also contain less artificial preservatives and a higher amount of protein.

The water-content makes this a great option for cats that are not keen drinkers or breeds prone to urinary tract infections as they can get their moisture intake from their food - similar to felines in the wild. They contain fewer carbohydrates than dry food and are good for cats that need to lose weight or require fewer calories due to a sedentary lifestyle.

Wet cat food can be more expensive than dry food and harder to store. They also cannot be left out for longer than 4 hours, therefore your cat cannot eat it intermittently throughout the day.

Raw and homemade cat food

Pros
Chemical preservatives-free (such as BHA & BHT)
High meat-based protein & hydrating
Very appetising for cats
Cons
Expensive
Time-consuming to prepare
Risk of contamination when using raw meat

An option for cat-owners with a lot of free time to spoil their kitties is a raw cat food diet. This luxurious option provides cats with a very natural and nutritious diet based on uncooked meats which are great for their stomach and teeth. These meal-plans should be based on a vet-approved nutritionally balanced diet and prepared in accordance with health and safety standards to keep both you and your cat safe.

If you don’t want any risk of contamination, another alternative is homemade cat food which involves using cooked meats/fish (boneless and skinless) and small amounts of carbohydrates such as rice or potatoes. Homemade cat food is still tailored specifically towards cats - you should not feed them a human diet, and never feed your cat onions, grapes, raisins or other ingredients that are toxic to them.

You can also provide your kitty with a mix of both dry, wet and homemade cat food for more variation. Cat treats can also be given occasionally in addition to meals but not as a substitute.

Cat foods for health conditions

Part of the reason premium cat foods can be so expensive is that they target specific health conditions such as urinary health, sensitive digestion, hairballs or sensitive skin. Hill’s and Royal Canin have many products to help manage conditions.

Some cat foods require a prescription from a vet which can be used to treat problems such as urinary diseases or weight-management - these will have ‘prescription’ or ‘veterinary’ in the title. However, foods which prevent these conditions are available without a prescription.

Urinary care: Neutered male cats and certain breeds of cats are prone to urinary tract infections, investing in some urinary care cat food can go a long way for the health of your cat. These diets restrict the amount of minerals in them such as magnesium and calcium which can contribute to urine crystals forming. They also have a higher moisture content.

Weight-controlled cat food: If your cat needs to regulate their calorie intake, choosing a cat food with a weight-control recipe which is low in fat and high in fibre can be a good way to satiate hunger while reducing your cat’s weight.

Sensitive skin and stomach: Cats that experience sensitive stomachs or skin can benefit from a diet that is low-carb and high in protein for easier digestion. In addition, fatty acid supplements, vitamin E and omega-6s can help relieve itchy skin and keep a fur coat healthy and nourished.

Oral health: The best dental-friendly diets are rich in moisture and grain-free, this lends well for many good quality canned foods and raw foods. Foods and treats that rub on the gum are also helpful in eliminating plaque.

Best and worst cat food ingredients to look for

The back of any cat food pouch will contain the ingredients listed in order of proportional weight. You should check to see that the main ingredient is meat or fish. Cats are obligate carnivores and rely on meat or fish to provide them with essential amino acids such as taurine. This is found in high concentrations in animal-based proteins and is necessary for healthy vision, digestion and a functioning immune system.

Other great ingredients to look out for include fish oil, flaxseed, vitamins E and A, prebiotics, glucosamine, fibre, chicken fat, rice and cranberries.

Cheap cat food products may contain animal by-products or “meat and bone meal” which should be avoided as they are a mix of animal leftovers and have minimal protein or nutritional value. They are also far less digestible.

Other ingredients to avoid include added sugars, excess grains and carbohydrate fillers (corn or wheat), chemical preservatives (CHA, BHT, ethoxyquin and propyl gallate) and artificial colours and flavours.

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