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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
our cat Jefe is prone to crystals so we have been adjusting his diet. He now eats mostly canned (his only dry food is Royal Canin Urinary SO). We have been feeding him Wellness Chicken but I recently started him on Fussie Cat Chicken, it claims to help prevent urinary tract issues.

The ingredients sound good, but I'd never heard of this brand before. Is it new or something? A search of TCS shows nothing but a few references several years ago from the UK (probably not the same company). Is anybody else familiar with this brand?
post #2 of 17
That food actually looks REALLY good... It's got higher protein than even EVO does, 69% for the Chicken and Rice and 77% for the Chicken and Veggies. And it's 87% water so your cat will be plenty hydrated.
Let me ask around.
post #3 of 17
I found that food as well in the higher end petfood stores in my area. It actually is a really good food and one that my cats really like. The chicken actually looks like shredded white meat chicken. Ingredients are very good. They also have a bunch of seafood varieties but if you have a crystals prone kitty, I would steer clear of fish.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
yeah it seems good to me too, i got it off petfooddirect but i note that their supplies are running low. i wasn't sure if that's because they're discontinuing it or what. but i hope they restock, my cat really likes the chicken, and i've been feeding the tuna-based food to some of my other cats.
post #5 of 17
Food is looking quite healthy.Tell me is this food will fulfill all the food and nutrition requirement of my cat or not? Reply me soon so that i can make a decision about this food.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
it has AAFCO approval so it should be nutritionally complete.
post #7 of 17
Kay, so I found out a few things.
1. Some of the foods contain sugar. Addicting to cats and can contribute to feline diabetes.
2. Artificial food colouring. One of them is actually sodium nitrite which is considered carcinogenic...
3. Contains unspecified ingredients including 'gelling agent'.

I would avoid this brand.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
where are you seeing dyes and gelling agents? i don't see anything like that listed in the ingredients lists on my cans. I do see "oglio sugar" and I admit I don't know what that is, but i found a listing for oligosaccharide:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligosaccharide

the article says it provides a food for microflora, so it acts as a probiotic. I don't see anything else besides vitamin and mineral supplements.

Please let me know your sources for this. This stuff ain't cheap, I got it cuz it was on sale and even so it's pretty pricey (tho it's cheaper than the prescription canned food i was buying before).
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by jimmylegs View Post
where are you seeing dyes and gelling agents? i don't see anything like that listed in the ingredients lists on my cans. I do see "oglio sugar" and I admit I don't know what that is, but i found a listing for oligosaccharide:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligosaccharide

the article says it provides a food for microflora, so it acts as a probiotic. I don't see anything else besides vitamin and mineral supplements.

Please let me know your sources for this. This stuff ain't cheap, I got it cuz it was on sale and even so it's pretty pricey (tho it's cheaper than the prescription canned food i was buying before).
Very first food on the website (Fresh Tuna) contains all three of the things I mentioned. As does the second, third, fourth, fifth..
The sugar may be probiotic, but it is still sugar and still bad for cats. Not to mention addictive to them.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Minka View Post
Kay, so I found out a few things.
1. Some of the foods contain sugar. Addicting to cats and can contribute to feline diabetes.
2. Artificial food colouring. One of them is actually sodium nitrite which is considered carcinogenic...
3. Contains unspecified ingredients including 'gelling agent'.

I would avoid this brand.

My Pipsqueak just recently has come down with blood in urine issues. I also tried this food, recommended by my natural pet food store, for urinary issues in cats. When I got home I looked it up too and agree with Minka, so I returned all of the cans. . I am trying to find a wet food specifically for urinary issues in cats. I did some comparison between Friskies/Purina and the Holistic Select, Instinct, EVO, Nature's Variety wet foods. The ash and magnesium really isn't that much lower in the urinary diets from Friskies/Purina. On the Fussy Cat, I couldn't find anywhere where it listed the Magnesium/Ash content. .
post #11 of 17
Have you discussed a raw meat diet with your fet? Our female had cystitus that was reccuring every 3 mos or so. She had been eating some raw with mostly canned. I read that canned food has a lot of phosphorous and magnesium which can contribute to feline bladder problems. Once we switched and started giving her mostly raw with just a little canned, she no longer has a problem. It's been almost a year now with no symptoms. Also, be wary of the AAFCO. It's not quality assurance... it's a lie. Feathers and chicken beaks are considered "protein" under AAFCO guidelines. Read more at http://www.wysong.net/learn/entry/36/.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
okay i think i realized the disconnect here, the company sells different stuff in different countries. In the US, this is the ingredients list:

Chicken Meat (Boneless, Skinless), Water Sufficient For Processing, Tomato Paste, Carrot, Potato, Tapioca Starch, Green Pea, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Oligo Sugar, Taurine, Choline Chloride Liquid, Vitamin E, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Viamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin K3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement

The "Oligo Sugar" is still present but I don't believe this is the same thing as table sugar, but a simpler way of saying "polysaccharide." I would love to know exactly what this is, but i think a lot of people are jumping to premature conclusions because they see 'sugar' or read something 3rd-hand on a website.

I am definitely interested in raw diets, too. I don't actually care about AAFCO but you gotta pick your battles, folks.
post #13 of 17
Im from the US..


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Originally Posted by Feralvr View Post
My Pipsqueak just recently has come down with blood in urine issues. I also tried this food, recommended by my natural pet food store, for urinary issues in cats. When I got home I looked it up too and agree with Minka, so I returned all of the cans. . I am trying to find a wet food specifically for urinary issues in cats. I did some comparison between Friskies/Purina and the Holistic Select, Instinct, EVO, Nature's Variety wet foods. The ash and magnesium really isn't that much lower in the urinary diets from Friskies/Purina. On the Fussy Cat, I couldn't find anywhere where it listed the Magnesium/Ash content. .
I could be wrong, but I believe the last time I looked into it, vets were pretty sure that magnesium is Not the cause of urinary issues.
I think raw would be a good idea.
post #14 of 17
I believe that oligio saccharides are meant to either promote or suppress certain bacteria within the digestive tract. The fish-based flavors of Fussie Cat advertise that they promote healthy digestion. The chicken with vegetables and brown rice remote urinary tract health. I believe cats are more likely to become diabetic from brands such as friskies, fancy feast, and iams. Based on Fussie Cats' price and the fact you can actually identify the prawns, mussels, tuna, salmon, etc., this food is not about filling the can with sugar and wheat by products. I feed my cat this brand and she has had past issues with bladder stones and diarrhea. She has had no problems and I'm pretty sure she eats better than me!
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by jimmylegs View Post

okay i think i realized the disconnect here, the company sells different stuff in different countries. In the US, this is the ingredients list:


Chicken Meat (Boneless, Skinless), Water Sufficient For Processing, Tomato Paste, Carrot, Potato, Tapioca Starch, Green Pea, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Oligo Sugar, Taurine, Choline Chloride Liquid, Vitamin E, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Viamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin K3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement


The "Oligo Sugar" is still present but I don't believe this is the same thing as table sugar, but a simpler way of saying "polysaccharide." I would love to know exactly what this is, but i think a lot of people are jumping to premature conclusions because they see 'sugar' or read something 3rd-hand on a website.


I am definitely interested in raw diets, too. I don't actually care about AAFCO but you gotta pick your battles, folks.

I'm sure you are aware of it, but if not, TCS has a raw food forum you are more than welcome to chime in on. You can find it at http://www.thecatsite.com/f/65/raw-feeding-for-cats if you need any info and possibly some tips and ideas regarding a raw food diet.
post #16 of 17

My cat loves the Fussie Cat Chicken and Vegetables.  She used to like the Chicken/Tuna variety, but there seems to have been a change in the formula or quality and she won't touch it.  I have a friend whose cat experienced the same thing with the Chicken/Tuna.

 

Has anyone else had this problem with the Fussie Cat Chicken/Tuna???

post #17 of 17

I have a very Fussie kitty that goes through phases with the Tuna/Chicken food.  Sometimes she eats it like it's crack and other times she will smell it and walk away like I just served her poo.  Weird though it will be cans from the same case so I never thought it could be a different formulas.  Sometimes I just give her a break from it with another flavor (which the only other flavor she will eat consistently is Tuna/Small Anchovies) and then she will eat it again.  I just figured maybe she gets tired of it but who knows.  Does anyone know the salt content of this food?  I can find other brands salt content but haven't had much luck with Fussie Cat which is one of the few she will eat. 

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