Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: May 29, 2024

4health Untamed (Wet) Review

Updated: May 29, 2024

Our Verdict


Recommended with Reservations

The 4health Untamed product range is made of six recipes which all receive 3.5-stars.

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

  • Meat or fish are the primary ingredients
  • Grain-free
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Contains omega fatty acids
  • Contains carrageenan

The table below shows each recipe in this range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product line Rating AAFCO
4Health Untamed Glacial Stream Recipe with Salmon in Savory Juices 3.5 A
4Health Untamed Coastal Waters with Pollock and Cod in Savory Juices 3.5 M
4Health Untamed Stillwater Marsh Recipe with Duck in Savory Juices 3.5 M
4Health Untamed Heartland Recipe with Chicken in Savory Juices 3.5 M
4Health Untamed Deep Woods Recipe with Turkey in Savory Juices 3.5 M
4Health Untamed Wild Grasslands Recipe with Liver in Savory Recipes 3.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

4health Untamed Glacial Stream Recipe with Salmon in Savory Juices 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 Untamed Glacial Stream Recipe with Salmon in Savory Juices

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, salmon, calcium carbonate, powdered cellulose, locust bean gum, carrageenan, sodium tripolyphosphate, salt, magnesium carbonate, taurine, ascorbic acid, canola oil, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, xanthan gum, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, copper amino acid chelate, folic acid, calcium iodate, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 1

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

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

The fourth ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

The sixth ingredient is powdered cellulose, a non-digestible plant fiber usually made from the by-products of vegetable or wood processing. Powdered cellulose provides no nutritional value to a cat, although the fiber it provides does convey health benefits. Some powdered cellulose products work to reduce the occurrence of hairballs in cats. 

The seventh ingredient is locust bean gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in some wet pet foods. Extracted from the seeds of the carob tree, locust bean gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to a cat food. 

The eighth ingredient is carrageenan,  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 do, however, 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 Untamed Glacial Stream Recipe with Salmon in Savory Juices recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 51.1%, a fat level of 25% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 15.9%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 49%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52.1% and a mean fat level of 23.9%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 16% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 46%.

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

Final Word

4health Untamed wet 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.

To stay on top of any cat food product recalls, sign up for our free email alerts, here.


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: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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