Looking for information on Australian cat food brands, but all your searches are returning products from the United States or North America?
Well, look no further; we’ve analyzed and reviewed a vast array of cat food products that are available or produced in Australia and chosen out some of the best.
Australian Cat Food Vs. The Rest Of The World
While Australian cat food isn’t quite as close to US cat food as countries like Canada, many large US brands are available and popular in Australia.
This similarity in brands is due to strong trade and business relations between the two countries.
However, despite this close bond, the variety of products available in Australia isn’t anywhere close to as large as it is in the United States, where there are hundreds of brands and thousands of recipes.
The quality of cat food in Australia is very similar to the United States and is significantly superior to food found in other countries around the world.
To reinforce this, many cat food brands sold in Australia are from New Zealand, where quality is often even higher than that of the United States.
Australia, like the United States, Canada, and Europe, ensures that pet food packaging must contain information on the ingredients that are included, the ratio that they are present, and the nutritional values that the recipe can provide overall (protein, fat, fiber, etc.).
Below is an example of the ingredient list shown on an Australian dog food recipe.
This inclusion of this information on packaging is crucial and ensures that all pet food is transparent and avoids consumers being misled by manufacturers.
How We Chose The Best Cat Food
Cat Food quality is a complicated and often controversial discussion, but we try to stay consistent with our choices.
Factors such as ingredient quality, nutritional ratios (Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates, Omega Fatty Acids), Recall History, Animal Testing, Price, and Country of Origin all play a part when selecting our recommendations.
If you’d like to learn more on the topic of Cat Food, we recommend you check out our Cat Food Guide for in-depth information.
You can also check out our All Brand Reviews page to see the index of all of the brands we’ve reviewed to date, whether they are from Australia or other parts of the world.
Best Cat Food In Australia
Ziwi Peak Mackerel & Lamb Review
Ziwi Peak is a pet food brand from Australia’s closest friend: New Zealand. They produce a fantastic quality air-dried pet food range and are one of the leaders in this niche market.
Given that the brand is based in New Zealand, it will come as no surprise that Lamb features prominently. However, Ziwi Peak does have some non-Lamb recipes, including a recently launched Chicken recipe.
One of the primary advantages to air-dried food over traditional kibble is that it is made up of almost entirely meat and fish ingredients, with little to no plant matter.
This means it is an extremely dense source of nutrition, packed with protein and fat. Given that cats thrive best on a diet high in animal-based ingredients with minimal plant-matter, air-dried cat food can be an excellent choice.
As you might have guessed, the above Lamb and Mackerel formula contains a large portion of Lamb, which makes up the bulk of the formula. While the portion of Mackerel is smaller, it is still noteworthy and combines to produce a unique flavor.
However, it is important to note that air-dried cat food is extremely expensive, which does not make it viable for many cat owners. You may want to consider using Ziwi Peak recipes to supplement a cat’s diet or adding in fresh ingredients to reduce the overall cost.
Ivory Coat Ocean Fish & Salmon With Coconut Oil Review
Ivory Coat is a local Australian brand that has seen a surge in popularity thanks to its excellent nutrition. The brand used to be Australian-owned but was recently purchased by a New Zealand conglomerate.
All of Ivory Coat’s recipes are produced at manufacturing facilities inside Australia, which is a rarity.
The above recipe is one of three adult dry cat food available from the brand, and it utilizes a mix of Ocean Fish and Salmon as its core ingredients.
While Ocean Fish is a vague-sounding ingredient, it should not be feared and usually contains a mix of high-quality fish ingredients like Mackerel, Herring, and others.
These fish ingredients result in a protein proportion of 35% and a fat proportion of 15%, which is far above most dry cat foods. This should be sufficient for most cats, although it could be higher.
Outside of this fish content, the recipe includes a portion of Tapioca, Peas, and Flaxseed. These plant-based ingredients provide a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and beneficial micronutrients like the Omega 3 Fatty acids.
Vetalogica Naturals Grain Free Salmon Adult Review
Vetalogica is another Australian-based brand and one that fits comfortably in the premium segment of the market.
They have been producing pet food in the Australian market for over fifteen years and have retained all of their production in Australia, which is a trait that many other brands do not share.
They have two ranges, Naturals and Biologically Appropriate. Naturals is the lower cost of the two ranges but still retains high-quality ingredients and satisfactory nutrition. The Naturals range includes recipes with Chicken, Salmon, Lamb, and Kangaroo.
The above Salmon recipe has a large portion of Salmon Meal as its primary ingredient. Meat meals such as Salmon Meal have had their moisture removed which makes them a much denser source of nutrition.
This Salmon Meal can provide high-quality protein and fat, in particular the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These fatty acids are believed by many to provide several health benefits to cats.
The recipe then includes a mix of Potatoes, Peas, and Tapioca. This mix of legumes and starch ingredients provides a portion of carbohydrates and fiber that is smaller than found in most cat food recipes.
If you are interested in a recipe from Vetalogica’s more premium Biologically Appropriate range, we would recommend Fisherman’s Feast, which is similar to this Salmon recipe above but has a larger variety of fish ingredients, including Mackerel and Tuna.
Taste of the Wild is a very popular pet food brand in the United States, but their recipes are also available in Australia from select retailers.
While their cat food range is smaller than their dog food range, it does include several dry cat food recipes, including the above Rocky Mountain formula.
We’ve chosen this formula over the others from Taste of the Wild as it has extremely satisfactory nutrition, including a minimum of 42% protein. This protein is thanks to a mix of Chicken Meal, Venison, and Salmon.
This unusual mix of meat and fish ingredients are all high-quality sources and welcome additions to a cat’s diet.
As with most Taste of the Wild recipes, this recipe includes portion of Peas and Sweet Potatoes, which provide a mix of carbohydrates and fiber.
However, it should be noted that this recipe includes a small portion of Pea Protein and Potato Protein, which is common for Taste of the Wild recipes.
These are not high-quality ingredients and can be used to mislead consumers about the overall proportion of protein in a formula.
Thankfully, the portion size of these ingredients in this recipe is not large and should not be a major concern.
If you’d like to learn more about by-products like these, we’d recommend you check out our article Peas, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, and Pea Fiber in Dog Food.
Feline Natural Lamb & King Salmon Feast Review
K9 Natural is another New-Zealand-based brand and could be easily compared or equated to Ziwi Peak. Their product range is a mix of air-dried food and wet/canned food, which is remarkably similar to Ziwi.
K9 Natural uses very high-quality ingredients that are sourced from New Zealand and are suitable for human consumption.
They also use an in-house animal nutritionist to ensure that cats’ nutritional needs are met by their recipes.
With these incredibly high standards, you can expect their recipes to come at a high cost, but for some, it is worth the consideration.
K9 Natural has 7 Feline Natural (their cat sub-brand) wet cat food recipes, and the above Lamb & Salmon Feast is our favorite from these.
The recipe’s primary ingredient is Lamb Heart, but this is also joined by Salmon, Lamb Kidney, Lamb Liver, and Lamb Blood. This mix of Lamb Organ ingredients and Salmon makes for an unusual combination but one that is extremely nutritious.
Organ meat ingredients such as the Heart or the Liver can provide high levels of select vitamins and minerals that traditional meat cuts lack.
The recipe also includes tiny portions of Flaxseed, Mussels, and Kelp which are all present to provide beneficial micronutrients.
Earthborn Holistic Wild Sea Catch Review
Earthborn Holistic is a brand we often showcase on our site, and there are many reasons behind this. However, the primary driver is the fantastic proportions of protein and fat that their formulas provide.
Earthborn Holistic’s cat food range is much smaller than its dog food range and only includes two dry food recipes. Despite this, they are worthy of consideration, especially the above Wild Sea Catch formula.
The recipe’s primary two ingredients are Menhaden Fish Meal and Whitefish Meal. These two fish meal ingredients have already had their moisture removed which means they are extremely dense sources of nutrition.
While they may not sound as flashy as other fish ingredients like Salmon or Trout, they are still high-quality and should not be discounted.
You can learn more about the use of Menhaden Fish Meal and Whitefish in the below articles.
Once you look past these fish ingredients, the recipe includes four different Pea ingredients including Peas, Pea Protein, Pea Starch, and Pea Fiber.
We are confident that the portion of fish in this recipe is significant, but some other brands use lots of legume ingredients like this to mislead consumers about the portion size of meat and fish ingredients and move Peas further down the ingredient list.
You can learn more about some of these Pea By-products in our article Peas, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, and Pea Fiber in Dog Food.