Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: September 1, 2023

4health Grain-Free Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: September 1, 2023

Our Verdict


Recommended with Reservations

4health Grain-Free wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3.5-stars.

This wet product range has meat or fish as its first ingredient however each recipe contains the controversial ingredient carrageenan.

  • Contains taurine
  • Contains probiotics
  • Meat or fish are the primary ingredients
  • Grain-free
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Contains carrageenan

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

4health Grain-Free wet product line has eight wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Grain-Free Tuna Recipe For Adult Cats 3.5 M
Grain-Free Adult Svhredded Salmon Dinner in Gravy 3.5 M
Grain-Free Adult Shredded Chicken Dinner in Gravy 3.5 M
Grain-Free Chicken in Broth 3.5 M
Grain-Free Adult Turkey and Giblets Recipe 3.5 M
Grain-Free Salmon Recipe in Broth for Adult Cats 3.5 M
Grain-Free Adult Chicken and Whitefish Recipe 3.5 M
Grain-Free Chicken Recipe 3.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

4health Grain-Free Tuna Recipe For Adult Cats was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

4health Grain-Free Tuna Recipe For Adult Cats

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Tuna, turkey broth, deboned turkey, poultry liver (source of vitamin A), water sufficient for processing, flaxseed flour, buckwheat, carrageenan, natural flavor, locust bean gum, calcium carbonate, dried egg product (source of vitamin B12), sodium tripolyphosphate, salt, magnesium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, canola oil, zinc amino acid chelate, thiamine hydrochloride, taurine, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacin, pantothenic acid, choline chloride, xanthan gum, riboflavin supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is tuna. Tuna is an oily marine fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations. 1

The second ingredient is turkey broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, they are a common component in many wet products.

The third ingredient is deboned turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”. 2

Turkey is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The fourth ingredient is poultry liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

The sixth ingredient is flaxseed flour, linseed meal, a by-product left after extracting all the oil from linseed (another name for flaxseed).

Flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

The seventh ingredient is buckwheat, a carb-heavy fruit similar to rhubarb and notable for its gluten-free seeds. Contrary to popular belief, buckwheat is not a true cereal grain.

The eighth ingredient is carrageenan, is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety. 

The article, The Carrageenan Controversy, published in Scientific American, does a good job of addressing this topic.

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product..

We view the presence of taurine in this recipe as a positive addition.

This recipe receives a 3.5star rating.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, 4health Grain-Free Tuna Recipe For Adult Cats recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40.9%, a fat level of 22.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.4%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 56%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43.3% and a mean fat level of 22.4%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26.3% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 52%.

This means the 4health Grain-Free wet product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

4health Grain-Free product range is packed with nutrients that are essential for your cat’s overall health and well-being.

Has 4health cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, 4health has had two recalls.

In 2012, Diamond Pet Foods, which makes 4health, recalled all 4health foods manufactured in Gaston, South Carolina, due to potential salmonella contamination.

In 2013, Diamond recalled several cat food brands, including 4health, due to potentially insufficient thiamine levels.

You can view a complete list of all cat food recalls since 2021 here.

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4health is a pet food company owned by Tractor Supply Company, a home and ranch company based in Tennessee. 

This company was founded in 1938 as a mail-order tractor part supplier. However,  it has now grown to sell a wide variety of products including pet food and supplies. 4health brand is one of its biggest selling products made by Diamond Pet Foods.


1: Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition

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