August 18, 2023
The best wet food pouches for your cat.
We all want the best for our pets, but when it comes to choosing what to feed them it can often be confusing. With so many brands on the market, which do you choose? Will your cat like it, or will they sniff it and walk away?
After doing some research of high-quality wet food brands that comes in a pouch, we decided to share our results with you. This is based on the ingredients used, price and cat’s opinion and is not endorsed by any pet food company. We chose pouches because they are easier to feed and take up less shelf space, making them a popular choice.
It’s important to remember that since our feline friends aren’t big drinkers, they need moisture in their diet. So, feeding your cat a combination diet of wet and dry food can be a good way to ensure they get the best of both worlds.
To find the highest quality food for your cat, it’s a good idea to research and consider the latest information and reviews. Here are some of the most reputable brands that sell the best wet cat food in a pouch in Australia, we trialled these because they are known for offering quality options.
Transitioning of food
Remember if you are changing a cat’s diet it is important to introduce the new food gradually to avoid upset tummies.
Over the course of 5 to 7 days, it is advised to gradually increase the proportion of the new wet food while decreasing the old food.
This article is not intended to replace medical advice, and it’s always good to consult with your veterinarian before making significant changes to your cat’s diet to ensure that the chosen food is appropriate for their specific needs.
Below are our findings based on two 2 year old male indoor cats.
Applaws is a regular go to in our household, not only because the cats love it but it’s also reasonably priced and easy to find in supermarkets and pet shops. The company produces wet and dry cat food with a high meat content and minimal fillers. They offer recipes which focus on natural nutrition. We usually feed the cats Applaws Tuna And Seaweed Natural Adult Canned Wet Cat Food but this time we chose the chicken & pumpkin flavour in a pouch because Backer has a sensitive tummy and when he was a kitten our vet recommended this combination. The Applaws Cat Pouch is 70g and was a big hit with both cats. Generously filled, this is a product we use regularly.
Chicken Breast 50%, Pumpkin 25%, Chicken Broth 23%, Rice 2%
Price per pouch: $2.15
Cat’s score: 5/5
The Cheshire Cat’s Garden
This UK brand was a hit with both cats. We sampled the Chicken & Herring recipe 85g with a combined selection of natural ingredients, specially formulated to keep adult cats happy and healthy every day.
Ingredients: Fresh Chicken 54%, Fresh Herring 26%, Chicken Broth, Cranberry 1%, Minerals, Green Lipped Mussel & Rosemary
Price per pouch: $2.97
Cat’s score: 5/5
Free from grains, gluten, gelling agents, artificial flavours, and preservatives, this premium cat food uses 99% fresh meat and organs. Feline Natural provides some of the best nutrition for your cat. I had high hopes for this brand but only Ryo, the Egyptian Mau seemed interested at first, and I think was probably due to its strong smell. The next day, however, Backer showed more interest. It may also be because both cats are more pescatarian pusses than red meat eaters, and we sampled the Hoki & Beef Feast pouch. We’d be interested in trying their freeze-dried cat food next, since it is nutrient-dense, and it’s said to be as close to a raw diet as you can get. You can feed it as a complete meal, or sprinkle over your cat’s existing food as a tasty topper and nutrient boost.
Hoki, Water Sufficient for Processing, Beef, Beef Heart, Beef Lung, Beef Liver, Sunflower Oil, New Zealand Green Mussel, Flaxseed Flakes, Calcium Carbonate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement.
Price per pouch: $3.00-$3.90
Cat’s score: 3/5
We have seen this range in the pet store for some time but haven’t tried it yet, so we were keen to see what the cats thought. Ivory Coat is Australian and known for its high-quality, grain-free cat food made with real meat and other natural ingredients. They emphasize holistic nutrition. Both cats seemed to love the taste but as with so many of types of cat food, they only wanted to juicy parts and left the meat remnants in their dish, which means more cleaning up.
Chicken, Liver, Flavours, Egg powder, Starch, Ocean fish, Animal protein, Vitamins & Minerals, Amino acids, Sunflower oil, Pea flour, Gelling agents, Coconut oil, Flaxseed oil, Fish oil, Taurine, Natural colour (caramel), Blueberry, Pumpkin.
Price per pouch: $1.99-$2.40
Cat’s score: 3/5
Since both cats are fans of broth or gravy type pouches, we tried Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Mack, Jack, and Sam. It features high-quality mackerel, skip jack tuna, and salmon as the primary sources of protein for strong, lean muscles and essential fatty acids. Known for its high-moisture content, grain-free cat food formulas made with real meat and fish, this product was a little harder to track down, and we had to purchase it online rather than in store. Since founding Weruva in 2006, the US company has stayed family-owned, and they believe your pets are part of that family. The pouch was generously filled unlike some other brand of broth or gravy pouches, so it lasted a little longer.
Fish Broth, Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Tapioca Starch, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calcium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Manganese Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source Of Vitamin K), Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement
Price per pouch: $2.45
Cat’s score: 4/5
This flaked tuna & shrimp recipe in broth is made from 4 wholesome ingredients and with no artificial colours of flavours – and both the cats loved the broth. Wellness Core is based on the nutritional philosophy that cats, given their primal ancestry, thrive on a diet made up mostly of meat. It’s ideal for a snack. The size of this pouch was the smallest that we sampled at 50 g, and both cats made light work at finishing it.
Tuna, Fish Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Shrimp.
Price per pouch: $3.29
Cat’s score: 4/5
We’d love to hear your feedback on experiences you’ve had with these brands or others.