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Your feline companion deserves the best cat food in Malaysia 2021!

Give them something yummy that they can look forward to and will finish! A well-balanced diet contributes to your beloved pet’s health and happiness!

The problem is that there are so many brands to choose from! That’s why you should read these cat food reviews first!

Types Of Cat Food

To ensure that your cat has the nutrition it needs for a healthy life, you should first know what breed your cat is, and what is available in stores!

Commercial cat food comes in 3 different forms that vary much more than just by their water content!

1. Dry Food

With <10% water content, these small dried pellets looks similar to dog food. Store them in an airtight container to keep the nutrients and flavor as potent as possible!

Cats will usually go for wet food and canned food instead if they have a choice!

But dry food is convenient for when you are not going to be home to feed your cat!

2. Wet Food

Wet food or semi-moist food has ~35% water. Cats usually find this super delicious. This type of cat food doesn’t last long once you open the package!

If your cat doesn’t like to drink water, this is one way of making sure it gets adequate hydration! And you can mix this with dry food to encourage picky cats to start eating. Or as an occasional treat.

3. Canned Food

Lastly, there’s canned food with ~75% water. Cats find this the tastiest out of all commercial cat food. As there may be choice pieces of meat inside!

Top Cat Food Brands Malaysia

For cat food, these are the brands with high quality ingredients (and higher than average protein content) that you can get in Malaysia:

  1. Farmina N&D (Matisse)
  2. Orijen
  3. Acana
  4. Carnilove
  5. Taste Of The Wild Pet Food

And we would consider these acceptable, but not the best:

  1. AvoDerm
  2. Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  3. Purina One
  4. Royal Canin
  5. Brit Care

9 Best Dry Cat Food Malaysia 2021

Best Premium Dry Cat Food:

  • Orijen Six Fish
  • Acana Pacifica Dry Cat Food
  • Farmina Natural & Delicious Grain Free Chicken & Pomegranate Adult Cat

Best Mid-Range Dry Cat Food:

  • Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain With Venison & Smoked Salmon Cat Dry Food
  • Carnilove Salmon Sensitive & Long Hair Cat Food
  • Royal Canin Fit 32 Dry Cat Food
  • PURINA ONE Adult Tuna Dry Cat Food

Best Budget Dry Cat Food:

  • Brit Premium Adult Chicken Dry Cat Food
  • ProDiet Ocean Fish Dry Cat Food
  • MISHA Dry Cat Food

We also have recommendations for wet cat food in this post!

Bonus: PledgeCare Air-Dried Cat Food – Chicken Recipe

Hop on to PledgeCare to get a sample of their PledgeCare Air-Dried Cat Food! This is a high protein and fat formula with minimal carbs!

Air dried cat food (chicken flavor) from PledgeCare
Air dried cat food (chicken flavor) from PledgeCare

Using 98% fresh human-grade chicken meat (plus bones and organs) and 2% superfood content. Without any artificial fillers! The higher moisture content is great to keep your kitty hydrated too!

Air-dried so it keeps fresh for longer even though the nutrition value is close to a raw/ home-cooked diet!

Our cats checking out PledgeCare Cat Food
Our cats checking out PledgeCare Cat Food

As for the taste, our 4 cats really adore the fish flavor! Although, they would not say no to the chicken flavor either!

Air dried cat food (fish flavor) from PledgeCare
Air dried cat food (fish flavor) from PledgeCare

And since the ingredients come from local suppliers, you are supporting local communities with each purchase!

PledgeCare is very passionate about animal welfare in Malaysia too. And have worked with Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) before!

Note: While they do not have a halal certificate yet, all of their suppliers for the ingredients they use are halal. They do have plans to get certified!

What the air dried cat food (chicken flavor) from PledgeCare looks like
What the air dried cat food (chicken flavor) from PledgeCare looks like
  • Protein: 55% | Fat: 30% | Moisture: 6% | Fiber: 5% | Carbohydrates: 5%
  • Protein Source: Chicken (Breast, Heart Gizzards, Back, Liver), Flaxseed, Sunflower Seeds, Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Turmeric
  • Suitable For: All Breeds And Life Stages (Refer To Their Feeding Guide Table)
  • Size: 500g, 1kg, 2kg
  • Price: RM39, RM75, RM145

1. MISHA Dry Cat Food

The dry cat food by local brand, MISHA has an acceptable balance of protein (chicken and fish) and fat (including Omega oils), water and grains.

They have a handy feeding guide by your cat’s weight and activity levels at the back of the package too! Cats seem to like the taste too (e.g. running or waking up for dinner)!

Overall, MISHA dry cat food is affordable with average protein content, and most cats like it. Many users buy it to feed stray cats in their neighborhood.

Note: Locally manufactured in Klang under magna nova Sdn.Bhd.

MISHA Dry Cat Food
  • Protein: 32% | Fat: 15% | Moisture: 8% | Fiber: 4%
  • Protein Source: Deboned Chicken, Fish Meal, Poultry Fat, Cereal Protein, Corn, Soya, Vegetable Oil
  • Other Nutrients: Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Taurine, Antioxidant, Glucosamine
  • Suitable For: 1+ Years Adult Cats
  • Size: 8kg
  • Price: RM53.9

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2. ProDiet Ocean Fish Dry Cat Food

ProDiet Ocean Fish Dry Cat Food claims to help with hairball control. And contains no preservatives! There’s more than 1 flavor/ range available. For various stages of your cat’s life!

Most reviews rave about the packaging – which splits larger bags into manageable portions (500gm). The affordable price and positive cat reactions see many buyers returning!

Note: Relatively new company, founded in 2006 under Pet World Marketing Sdn. Bhd.

We don’t like that there is no official third party certification or nutritional analysis (on the site or product label). So we would not recommend it above other brands in this list.

ProDiet Ocean Fish Dry Cat Food 8kg
  • Protein Source: Fish Meal, Poultry Meal, Corn, Soybean Meal, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat, Tuna Oil, Vegetable Oil
  • Other Nutrients: Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Taurine
  • Suitable For: 2+ Years Adult Cats
  • Size: 8kg
  • Price: RM70.5

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*https://www.facebook.com/ProDietPetworld/reviews/

3. Brit Premium Adult Chicken Dry Cat Food

Brit and Brit Care are under the same parent company as Carnilove. They run their production (and have the certs to prove it) by ISO 9001 and HACCP quality standards.

One user who switched to this Brit Care from Blackwood saw an improvement in their cats’ fur. And the cats could last longer between meals too.

Kibble From Brit Premium Adult Chicken Dry Cat Food
Kibble From Brit Premium Adult Chicken Dry Cat Food
Brit Premium Adult Chicken Dry Cat Food
  • Protein: 35% | Fat: 15% | Moisture: 10% | Fiber: 2.5%
  • Protein Source: Chicken
  • Other Nutrients: Prebiotics, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Biotin, Omega-3 and Omega-6
  • Suitable For: Adult Cats
  • Size: 8kg
  • Price: ~RM100

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4. Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain With Venison & Smoked Salmon Cat Dry Food

Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain With Venison & Smoked Salmon Cat Dry Food has more protein content (and certified by AAFCO)! Chicken, fish as well as deer meat! Tasty!

Kibble From Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain With Venison & Smoked Salmon Dry Cat Food
Kibble From Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain With Venison & Smoked Salmon Dry Cat Food

And along with vitamin supplements and fatty oils, there are probiotics and vegetables and fruit for fiber!

If you can afford it, this one of the best cat food in Malayisa that you can get for your kitties! Especially active cats!

Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain With Venison & Smoked Salmon Cat Dry Food
  • Protein: 42% | Fat:18% | Moisture:10% | Fiber: 3%
  • Protein Source: Chicken, Roasted Venison, Smoked Salmon, Ocean Fish & Vegetable Protein Source
  • Other Nutrients: Omega-3, Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Probiotics, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, Taurine
  • Suitable For: All Life Stages
  • Certified By The AAFCO: Yes
  • Size: 7kg
  • Price: ~RM132

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5. PURINA ONE Adult Tuna Dry Cat Food

Which kitty doesn’t like tuna?

PURINA ONE Adult Tuna Dry Cat Food is in kibble form with a formula to bring out the shine in your pet’s fur! And overall energy levels!

Kibble From Purina One Adult Tuna Dry Cat Food
Kibble From Purina One Adult Tuna Dry Cat Food

Purina ONE as a cat food brand scores 40/60 (B) on allaboutcats.com. While the protein content is better than average, they tend to include some unnecessary ingredients (e.g. artificial coloring).

Better than the cheaper brands you can find in the supermarket but not the best you can give your cats at this price. We still prefer the similarly-priced Taste Of The Wild over this dry cat food!

PURINA ONE Adult Tuna Dry Cat Food
  • Protein: 34% | Fat: 14% | Moisture: 12%
  • Protein Source: Tuna Meal, Corn Protein, Wheat Protein, Poultry and Poultry By-product Meal
  • Other Nutrients: Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Taurine
  • Suitable For: 1+ Years
  • Size: 7kg
  • Price: RM135.9

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6. Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Dry Cat Food

Made mostly with chicken (for protein content) with certification by AAFCO:

Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Dry Cat Food does not have grains, artificial colors or flavors!

This particular dry cat food ranks 3/5 on pawdiet.com. The good – transparency with the protein source, certified, and without artificial coloring or preservatives. The bad? Pea protein.

For the price, there is still better cat food that you can get your kitty!

Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Dry Cat Food
  • Protein: 30% | Fat: 17% | Moisture: 10% | Fiber: 3% 
  • Protein Source: Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Ground Grain Sorghum, Millet, Chicken Fat, Pea Protein, Egg Product, Herring Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Menhaden Fish Oil
  • Other Nutrients: Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Taurine, Biotin, Zinc
  • Suitable For: 1+ Years Adult Cats
  • Certified By The AAFCO: Yes
  • Size: 6kg
  • Price: ~RM126

Pros:

  • Third-party certified
  • Grain free (Has no soy, wheat or corn)
  • Most cats find it good
  • Majority of protein content is from animal sources
  • Brown rice is not difficult for cats to digest
  • Resealable packaging
  • Gives cats ample energy and beautiful coats
  • Helps kitties to put on weight
  • This cat food brand has no recall history since 2009 (Source)

Cons:

  • Weird kibble shape (pointy like stars)
  • Some cats just refuse to eat it

For Indoor Cats: Blackwood Indoor Formula Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Dry Cat FoodCheck Price

7. Carnilove Salmon Sensitive & Long Hair Cat Food

Comprising mainly of salmon and grain-free, Carnilove Salmon Sensitive & Long Hair Cat Food is for cats with sensitive stomachs or long hair. Or both!

There are some berries and herbs included to provide antioxidant benefits (i.e. for immunity) too.

According to petfoodreviewer.com, Carnilove generally has an above-average nutritional distribution that is suitable for cats. With more protein and fat, and less carbohyrates!

A reputable brand but expensive.

Carnilove Salmon Sensitive And Long Hair Cat Food
  • Protein: 36% | Fat: 7% | Moisture: 10% | Fiber: 2%
  • Protein Source: Salmon Meal, Yellow Peas, Salmon Hydrolyzed, Herring Meal, Chicken Fat, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil
  • Other Nutrients: Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Taurine, Biotin
  • Suitable For: Adult Cats
  • Certified By The AAFCO: No
  • Size: 6kg
  • Price: RM154

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8. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken Recipe Cat Food

The previous pea-sized shape in the AAFCO-approved Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken Recipe Cat Food has been changed. To a flatter disc for easier consumption!

And so has the formula. Which some cats don’t seem to like as much as the previous formula!

CatFoodDB reviewed ~50 Hill’s Science Diet cat food products (including wet food) and they find them to have below-average in both nutrition and ingredient quality.

On the other hand, their recipes for specific health conditions (e.g. urinary tract) do seem to help cats. Even if they are high in carbohydrates.

Source: allaboutcats.com

The original formula was much praised and adored by users as it helped their cats to live longer (past 20 years in one user’s case).

Unfortunately, the new formula doesn’t agree with picky eaters. Nor is it the best option for a daily diet with such high carbohydrate content.

Hill's Science Diet Adult Chicken Recipe Cat Food
  • Protein: 35% | Fat: 21.4% | Moisture: 10% | Fiber: 1.6%
  • Protein Source: Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Fat, Chicken Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Brown Rice, Chicken Liver Flavor, Fish Oil, Soybean Oil
  • Other Nutrients: Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Taurine, Biotin, Zinc
  • Suitable For: 1 – 6 Years Adult Cats
  • Certified By The AAFCO: Yes
  • Size: 4kg
  • Price: RM95

Pros:

  • Kibble is a good size
  • With certification by AAFCO
  • Doesn’t include unspecified meat
  • No harmful additives

Cons:

  • Oddly smells like fish/ oily
  • Recall history is not clean – still dealing with their vitamin D issue (from 2019) for their canned dog food
  • Too high in carbs (36.52%)
  • For Indoor Cats: Hill’s Science Diet Adult Indoor Cat FoodCheck Price
  • For Hairball Control: Hill’s Science Diet Adult Hairball Control Cat FoodCheck Price

9. Royal Canin Fit 32 Dry Cat Food

There’s a high likelihood that your adult cat (1-7 years) will adore the taste of the AAFCO-certified Royal Canin Fit 32 Dry Cat Food! And if it wasn’t before, you’ll notice that your cat will gain sheen to their hair!

Protein content is still average, and there’s more corn and wheat than is ideal. But at least this product is certified by the AAFCO.

Though we really think you can get better nutrition for your cat elsewhere if you’re already paying this much!

Royal Canin Fit 32 Dry Cat Food
  • Protein: 32% | Fat: 15% | Moisture: 10% | Fiber: 4%
  • Protein Source: Dehydrated Poultry, Rice, Animal Fats, Maize, Vegetable Fibres, Vegetable Protein Isolate, Wheat, Beet Pulp, Soya Oil, Fish Oil
  • Other Nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Antioxidants, Zinc
  • Suitable For: 1+ Years Adult Cats
  • Certified By The AAFCO: Yes
  • Size: 10kg
  • Price: RM186

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For An Indoor Cat: Royal Canin Indoor 27 Dry Cat FoodCheck Price

Best Super Premium Cat Food Malaysia

Premium not good enough for your picky feline friend?

Try these super premium cat food brands in Malaysia!

1. Orijen Six Fish

If you can stomach the price:

Orijen is a Canadian brand (sister brand of Acana) that values diets that are close to a cat’s ancestral diet (high protein and fat with no grains).

Their ingredient quality is superb, scoring 9/10 on AllAboutCats. From this same review, their overall grade is C+. And that’s due to the limited product selection, high price, and a recall in 2008.

But back to this cat dry food:

It has a rich formula comprising of 6 different fish species from Canadian waters – fresh fish (2/3) and dried fish (1/3).

There is herring oil too. Which is a great source for Omega fatty acids (gives shine to your pet’s coat).

Despite the almost-ideal nutrition balance in this cat food, cats shouldn’t be eating Orijen Six Fish all the time. It can lead to an accumulation of heavy metals from the fish!

Young cats will benefit from Orijen cat food the most! But for elder cats, it may be a little rich! (Source)

Orijen Six Fish Cat Food
  • Protein: 42% | Fat: 20% | Moisture: 10% | Fiber: 3%
  • Protein Source: Fresh Pacific Pilchard, Hake, Mackerel, Flounder, Rockfish & Sole
  • Other Nutrients: Calcium, Taurine, Omega –6 Fatty Acids, Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Suitable For: All Life Stages
  • Size: 5.4kg
  • Price: ~RM288

Pros:

  • Grain free
  • High in animal-obtained protein and fat
  • Hardly any carbohydrates compared to other brands
  • Without artificial ingredients (Source
  • High score (9/10) from PetFoodReviewer 
  • Acceptable carbohydrate sources (legumes like lentils)
  • Good source of omega fatty acids
  • Above-average dry cat food brand according to CatFoodDB (7.6/10)
  • No by-products

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Smells strongly (of fish obviously)
  • This particular product (with just fish for protein) is not suitable as a daily diet for cats
  • Best avoided for sensitive stomachs
  • No sketchy ingredients (Source)

2. Acana Pacifica Dry Cat Food

How can your cat possibly refuse the fresh taste of native (and sustainably-caught) Canadian fish meat in the Acana Pacifica Dry Cat Food?

If the higher-than-average protein and fat content does not impress you, the 4/5 rating score (by catfoodb) for ingredient quality across their dry cat food flavors will!

Know that your beloved furbaby is getting quality ingredients with this dry cat food! Even if you have to fork out more!

Acana Pacifica Dry Cat Food
  • Protein: 37% | Fat: 20% | Moisture: 10% | Fiber: 3%
  • Protein Source: Fresh Whole Pacific Herring, Pilchard, Arrowtooth Flounder, Herring Meal, Pacific Cod Meal, Whiting Meal, Green Peas, Red Lentils, Pollock Oil, Silver Hake, Redstripe Rockfish, Organs & Bone
  • Other Nutrients: Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin E, Taurine, DHA and Zinc
  • Suitable For: All Life Stages
  • Certified By The AAFCO: No but they claim to follow the nutritional guidelines by AAFCO
  • Size: 5.4kg
  • Price: ~RM225

Pros:

  • Overall score of 7.2/10 on catfooddb, higher than most other cat food brands in Malaysia!
  • No recalls from this cat food brand so far (Source)
  • Low carbohydrate content (with no grains or potatoes)
  • Can prevent urinary crystals from forming (applicable to male cats)
  • Cats feel full for longer
  • Strong tempting smell to cats

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Not officially certified by AAFCO
  • Acana usually includes lots of different meat sources – which could increase the risk of allergies

Chicken Alternative: Acana Wild Prairie Dry Cat FoodCheck Price

3. Farmina Natural & Delicious Grain Free Chicken & Pomegranate Adult Cat

Farmina Natural & Delicious has the highest rating (B+ on allaboutcats) we’ve seen for cat food in Malaysia!

Their products are nutritionally sound for cats. And use high quality ingredients that are non GMO!

Go easy if you’re transitioning your cats from a grain-based diet to this grain-free cat food! As the high protein content may upset their urinary system (i.e. kidneys).

One user mentioned that this cat food was compatible with their cat with IBS!

Farmina Natural & Delicious Grain Free Chicken & Pomegranate Adult Cat
  • Protein: 44% | Fat: 20% | Moisture: 10% |Fiber: 1.8%
  • Protein Source: Chicken, Eggs, Herring
  • Other Nutrients: Vitamin A, vitamin E, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Folic Acid
  • Suitable For: Adult Cats
  • Size: 10kg
  • Price: ~RM330

Pros:

  • Finicky cats will be pleased with this dry cat food
  • Coats will be beautiful
  • High protein and fat content (and from animal sources)
  • No recalls from this brand
  • Low carbohydrate content (~25% according to wereallaboutpets) compared to other brands
  • This brand scores 92% on wereallaboutpets.com
  • Wide selection of different recipes to choose from

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Not considered a low carbohydrate cat food (e.g. sweet potatoes)

Best Wet Cat Food Malaysia

1. Carnilove White Muscle Meat 100g Wet Cat Food

Carnilove’s wet cat food is grain-free and potato-free. With almost 50% genuine meat with innards (by-products)! There are 3 exciting flavors to tempt your finicky feline!

The texture is similar to that of luncheon meat. Some cats really love it according to reviews! But if you have tried other brands before, cats may turn up their noses on this one!

Carnilove Turkey & Reindeer White Muscle Meat For Adult Cats

You’ll have higher acceptance rates for this if your cat’s first time trying wet cat food. Or if they’re not picky eaters!

We have tested 2 different flavors on our 4 kitties. And find that they like turkey & salmon more than the turkey & reindeer. One of our cats doesn’t seem to like turkey & reindeer at all.

Different Flavors Of Carnilove White Muscle Meat Wet Cat Food

Out of the can, both flavors look very similar.

This wet cat food has a high fat percentage (6.5-6.9%) and energy per 100g (105kcal/100g).

Therefore, Carnilove Wet Cat Food is not the best choice if you’re trying to get your cat to lose weight! Unless you feed them a smaller portion!

Texture Of Carnilove Turkey & Salmon White Muscle Meat For Adult Cats - Wet Cat Food
  • Protein Source Options: Turkey & Salmon; Chicken & Lamb; Chicken, Duck & Pheasant
  • Guaranteed Analysis: Protein (min) 10.6-10.7% | Fat (min) 6.5-6.9% | Fiber (max) 0.4% | Ash (max) 2.3-2.5% | Moisture (max) 79%
  • Suitable For: All Life Stages
  • Size: 100g
  • Price: ~RM5.2

Pros:

  • Grain free
  • No preservatives
  • Interesting flavors
  • Inexpensive
  • Appealing smell

Cons:

  • Cats seem to prefer Avoderms, Ciao, and Blackwood wet cat food more than Carnilove
  • Strong smell
  • To rich for cats with low activity

2. FANCY FEAST Royale Gourmet Canned Cat Food By Purina

For cat wet food in Malaysia, the FANCY FEAST® Royale Gourmet Canned Cat Food By Purina has a pretty reliable reputation (6.5/10 overall score from allaboutcats.com).

Fancy Food dry food is nothing special but the wet cat food is commendable. Because their wet cat food is thickened without the need for carrageenan.

Different Flavors Of FANCY FEAST Royale Gourmet Canned Cat Food

The relatively high protein content (especially the chunky series, 11% protein) is another advantage of this wet cat food.

This wet cat food is also suitable if you want to put your cat on a low carbohydrate diet.

Especially the Virgin Flaked Tuna & Whole Loin Tuna In Seafood Jus flavor which has high protein content (14%) compared to other brands. But low fat content (0.1 to 0.3%).

And hence, also a good option for a cat on a diet (i.e. weight control)!

That said, the formula is not perfect and does have some ingredients that shouldn’t be there. Like animal by-products, artificial flavoring and wheat. Depending on the flavor you choose.

Texture Of FANCY FEAST Royale Gourmet Canned Cat Food By Purina - Virgin Flaked Tuna
Texture Of FANCY FEAST Royale Gourmet Canned Cat Food By Purina – Virgin Flaked Tuna

Try to avoid the Gravy and Creamy Delights series. And take the Classic or Chunky series.

However, this is one of the most expensive wet cat food that we have found in the Malaysia market.

But our cats do like the FANCY FEAST® Royale Gourmet Canned Cat Food By Purina! And we can see some wet chunks of meat in the can.

FANCY FEAST Royale Gourmet Canned Cat Food By Purina - Virgin Flaked Tuna In A Bowl
  • Protein Source Options: Tuna, Chicken, Seafood & Chicken
  • Guaranteed Analysis: Protein (min) 10-14% | Fat (min) 0.1-0.3% | Fiber (max) 1%
  • Suitable For: All Stages
  • Size: 85g
  • Price: ~RM4

Pros:

  • Economical
  • Cats really prefer the taste of this over other brands
  • No excess in plant ingredients
  • Favorable nutrition content
  • Comes in different textures
  • No product recalls for Fancy Feast

Cons:

  • Some artificial ingredients present
  • Limited flavors
  • There are questionable animal by-products

3. Royal Canin Cat Pouch – Wet Food / Can Food

Long haired cats can go for the Intense Beauty formula with higher Omega oil content. While the Instinctive formula is meant for adult cats!

Royal Canin Cat Pouch 85g

Kittens will find the Kitten formula easy to chew and it has what they need for a strong immune system!

Royal Canin is a C-grade brand if you refer to allaboutcats.com. They score lowest for ingredient quality as they tend to use fillers like corn gluten, wheat gluten and cornmeal. And plant proteins.

Royal Canin does not have a good reputation for quality ingredients. But cats don’t seem to mind the taste of these Royal Canin Cat Pouches!

Texture Of Royal Canin Cat Pouch - Instinctive
  • Options: Instinctive; Kitten; Intense Beauty
  • Guaranteed Analysis: Protein (min) 12% | Fat (min) 2.8-4% | Fiber (max) 0.9-1.1%
  • Suitable For: Kittens / Adults
  • Size: 85g
  • Price: ~RM3.9

Pros:

  • Cats generally like the taste
  • Smells good
  • Pouch is easy to open
  • Good for cats that need more hydration

Cons:

  • Cats like Fancy Feast better
  • Royal Canin score 3/10 on catfooddb
  • Hard to get the solid bits out of the packet

We have more recommendations of the best wet food for cats

What Nutrition Does A Cat Need? (Common Ingredients)

Ingredients typically include meat or byproducts of meat as the first ingredient. Followed by some grain/ fiber and maybe fish meal!

There may or may not be dairy ingredients. And dry food can have additional supplements (i.e. vitamins or minerals) in the formula too!

1. What Nutrition Does A Cat Need?

  • Animal sources of protein (and amino acides like taurine and arachidonic acid) – Energy, growth and repair
  • Carbohydrates (e.g. corn, barley, oats, wheat, etc) – For energy too
  • Healthy fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6 – healthy skin and coat
  • Fiber – For better digestion
  • Vitamins A – For healthy immune systems, vision and skin
  • Vitamin E – Also for the immune system
  • Iron, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, zinc and magnesium – For bone growth and healthy joints
  • Vitamin B – Nervous system, organs and growth

2. Ingredients To Avoid On A Cat Food Label

  • Chemical preservatives (e.g. butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), ethoxyquin  and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT))
  • Too many carbohydrate fillers (e.g. corn meal or wheat gluten)
  • Grains if you suspect your cat may have an allergy related to food

Always keep an eye on your cat for signs of allergies when introducing them to new cat food!

How To Choose Cat Food

1. What Is Guaranteed Analysis?

On the packaging of the food, there’s usually a description of protein and fat content by percentage.

Along with fiber and moisture!

2. Meat

This should be listed first in the ingredient list (assuming it’s by weight). Meat like beef, fish, poultry, chicken, turkey, etc are all acceptable.

Be wary if the ingredient list just lists “meat” rather than specifying what the meat is!

3. By-Products

There may be by-products in the ingredient list as well! These can be nutritional organs like liver and lungs.

Likewise, avoid products which just vaguely list these as “animal by-products”.

4. Taurine And Arachidonic Acid Content

Your cat should not be taking a wholly plant-based diet! Else they will not get complete nutrition (i.e. taurine and arachidonic acid found in meat)!

5. Look For High-Quality Grains

A diet that has plenty of protein and fewer carbohydrates is ideal for cats. 

Grains like barley, wheat and corn are carbohydrates that cats can digest easily! Legumes (like chickpeas and lentils) are preferable still.

6. Vitamins And Minerals

Refer to the previously list for more details, “What Nutrition Does A Cat Need?”

7. Check If The Food Has Been Certified By The AAFCO

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has guidelines on what pet food companies can claim, include or exclude from pet food labels!

So if the product has this certification:

That means “95% beef” on a label really means 95% of the food is beef! And other similar requirements!

8. Selecting Cat Food Based On Your Cat’s Age

Kittens generally need more protein and fat that adult cats. They need folic acid and DHA too for healthy development!

While lazy and older cats need less calories!

Conclusion

Gradually experiment with the best cat food in Malaysia to find which your cat prefers best! They will surely appreciate a change in their daily menu once in a while too!

All cats require a high level of protein (from animal sources) in their diet. Followed by fat, moisture and fiber. However, indoor cats can do with more fiber and less fat!

Apart from food, there are other costs to owning a pet as well. 

Click here for our complete guide on the overall cost of owning a pet in Malaysia, so you know how to properly manage the money you spend on your furry friend.

Janice

Janice is the editor for BestBuyGet.com. Wanted to be an author as a kid, got a D in English (First Language), but somehow now a content writer with an engineering background. Bakes, does yoga, plays the piano, reads, and most other introverted indoor hobbies. Also an active volunteer at Zero Waste Malaysia.