4Health Cat Food Review

4Health Cat Food Review

4Health is an economical brand of food offered by Tractor Supply with many nutritional benefits found in much more expensive foods without all the fillers and by-products that make cheap food problematic for your cat. Read on for our complete review on the brand.

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4health Untamed Salmon & Lentil
4health Untamed Salmon & Lentil
$25
Review manufacturer tractorsupply
on tractorsupply
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Meat as primary protein source
  • Probiotics & antioxidants
  • Lower price point
  • What we Dislike
  • High carb content
  • Not all ingredients sourced from US
Product Details
Low carbohydrates (%) 37%
Moderate fats content (%) 13%
Moisture Level (%) 10%
Sizes Available (oz bag or can) 6 lb
15 lb
Protein Content 30%
Protein Source Salmon
Fish Meal
Lentils
Texture (paste, bits and gravy, etc.) Kibble
Type of Packaging Bag
Our Review

This is an example of the premium line of 4Health’s affordable cat foods, all containing lentils as . The other flavors in this line are Duck & Lentil and Turkey & Lentil.  While the food has lentils and starchy chickpeas, pea flour and peas, these ingredients are still better than grain. Peas are a way to contribute fiber and hold the kibble together. Salmon is the first ingredient, but once the kibble is dried, it is not the main ingredient by volume. Most other ingredients are sourced globally except folic acid and taurine, which are sourced from China.


Ingredients:

Salmon, ocean fish meal, lentils, chickpeas, peas, pea flour, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, flaxseed, salmon oil, sodium bisulfate, choline chloride, DL-methionine, taurine, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

4health Grain Free Indoor Cat Formula for Adult Cats
4health Grain Free Indoor Cat Formula for Adult Cats
$23
Review manufacturer tractorsupply
on tractorsupply
5/10
  • What we Like
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • Contains probiotics & fiber
  • Easy to find online and in-store
  • Made in the US
  • What we Dislike
  • Plant-based proteins
  • High carb content
  • Not all ingredients sourced from US
Product Details
Low carbohydrates (%) 29%
Moderate fats content (%) 18%
Moisture Level (%) 10%
Sizes Available (oz bag or can) 4 lbs
16 lbs
Protein Content 34%
Protein Source Chicken
Chicken Meal
Peas
Turkey Meal
Lentils
Texture (paste, bits and gravy, etc.) Kibble
Type of Packaging Bag
Our Review

Another one of 4Health’s most popular lines is the Grain Free cat formula for Adult Cats. Offered in 4 and 16 lb bags, this product line offers a good value.

As with all of their products, 4Health does not include any corn, wheat, or soy in this formula. It differs from the original formula significantly in that it substitutes legumes (garbanzo beans) for the rice for carbohydrate content reducing the caloric value of this food to help your indoor cat maintain a healthy weight. The primary ingredient is still chicken and it boasts the same rich nutrient additives found in their original formula. Chicken and turkey meal have the fat and water removed and provide a concentrated form of protein.

One product which does concern us is the prominence of powdered cellulose here which is used to help with hairballs but may also lead to increased satiety.


Ingredients:

Chicken, chicken meal, garbanzo beans, peas, turkey meal, powdered cellulose, lentils, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, ocean fish meal, flaxseed, sodium bisulfate, DL-methionine, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, dried chicory root, L-Carnitine, tomatoes, blueberries, cranberries, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Facts about 4Health

The 4Health brand of cat food is owned by Tractor Supply and is manufactured by Diamond Pet Food/Schell & Kampeter Inc. Diamond Pet Food (Schell & Kampeter) began as Meta Feed and Grain but took the name diamond after a hunter praised the brand’s food for making his dog’s coat “shine like a diamond.” Tractor Supply began as a small mail-order tractor parts supplier based in Minot, ND. Today the company has over 1700 stores nationwide and is headquartered in Brentwood, TN.

The 4Health Cat Food Line-Up:

4Heath’s products can be broken down into four product lines:

  • Original—formulated for all cats of all ages.
    • Wet FoodTurkey & Salmon, Chicken & Brown Rice
    • Dry Food- Original All Stages, Original Indoor Cat Formula
  • Special Care—products designed to address specific issues in your cat such as weight management and skin or stomach sensitivity.
    • 4health Special Care Urinary Tract Health Formula for Adult Cats
    • 4health Special Care Weight Management Formula for Adult Cats
    • 4health Special Care Sensitive Stomach Formula for Adult Cats
  • Grain Free – grain-free line of products with various flavors and ingredient mixes
    • Dry Food- Grain-free Whitefish, Pea, & Potato with Real Turkey Recipe, Grain-free Indoor Cat Formula for Adult Cats
    • Wet Food- Shredded Chicken Dinner in Gravy, Shredded Salmon Dinner in Gravy, Turkey & Giblet Dinner, Chicken & Whitefish, Tuna Recipe, Salmon Recipe
  • Untamed—a premium line of foods with limited ingredients and high protein content.
    • Wet FoodStillwater Marsh Recipe, Glacial Stream Recipe, Duck, Turkey
    • Dry FoodGlacial Stream Recipe, Stillwater Marsh Recipe, Deep Woods Recipe

Brand Characteristics:

Tractor supply has marketed its 4Health brand as an economical alternative to premium brands offering “Premium Ingredients at a Great Value.” Because grain and feed account for 47% of tractor supply’s business, the brand’s pet and dog food comprise an important component of the bottom line and they have expanded the product line significantly over the years.  What we do like about 4Health’s product line is that they do not use many of the plant-derived fillers you find in cheaper alternatives and they feature many of the nutritional benefits of brands priced much higher. They do not contain the dyes, animal by-products, and more harmful preservatives found in cheaper alternatives.

Ingredients quality and sourcing:

Tractor Supply / 4Health is relatively transparent about its products, ingredients, and where they source them. Although most of the primary animal-sourced products do come from the U.S. and Europe, some of the nutrient additives such as taurine and folic acid are sourced from China. None of their products contain soy, wheat, or wheat and have meat as the primary ingredient. No chemicals or natural dyes are used to artificially color their products either.

Some of the lines of dry food tend to be higher in carbohydrates than protein so it is worth looking at the labels before you purchase. Also be careful about the all-stages cat foods. Not all of them are appropriate for older cats or kittens.

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