Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 14, 2024

Fromm Four-Star Dry Cat Food Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict


Recommended with Reservations

Fromm Four-Star dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3.5 stars.

This dry cat food line is designed to provide balanced and nutritious meals for cats. Each recipe is specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of all cats and includes a variety of flavors and protein sources to cater to different tastes and dietary requirements.

  • Good protein levels
  • High quality meat sources
  • Fish oil is included in most recipes
  • Reasonably priced
  • Plant based protein is used
  • Some recipes use controversial ingredients

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

The Fromm Four-Star product line includes 10 dry cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Beef Liváttini Veg® Recipe 3.5 A
Chicken au Frommage® Recipe 3.5 A
Chicken À La Veg® Recipe 3.5 A
Duck À La Veg® Recipe 3.5 A
Game Bird Recipe 3.5 A
Hasen Duckenpfeffer® Recipe 3.5 A
Salmon À La Veg® Recipe 3.5 A
Salmon Tunachovy® Recipe 3.5 A
Trout & Whitefish Recipe 3.5 A
Surf & Turf Recipe 3.5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Fromm Four-Star Game Bird Recipe 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.

Fromm Four-Star Game Bird Recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Duck, duck meal, chicken, chicken meal, pea protein, dried egg product, potatoes, pearled barley, peas, white rice, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken liver, dried tomato pomace, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), brown rice, flaxseed, natural, flavor,dl-methionine, carrots, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, ascorbic acid, calcium carbonate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A supplement, folic acid, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, salt, chicory root extract, taurine, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, ferrous sulfate, magnesium sulfate, zinc proteinate, ferrous proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, magnesium proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, cranberries, yucca schidigera extract, sorbic acid (preservative), blueberries, sodium selenite, dried lactobacillus paracasei fermentation product, dried lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

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

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

The second ingredient is duck meal, which is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh duck.

The third ingredient is chicken.  Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 2

Just like duck, chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The fourth ingredient is chicken meal.  Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.   

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is potatoesPotatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The eighth ingredient is pearled barleyBarley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

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.

It contains dried tomato pomace too, a dried by-product of tomato processing similar to tomato pomace. This item is of only limited nutritional value to a cat and more typically associated with commercial poultry feeds.

It is also worth mentioning that this food contains chelated minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods.

And finally, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.

Recipe star rating 3.5

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Fromm Four-Star Game Bird Recipe looks like an average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 35.6%, a fat level of 18.9% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 37.6%.

As a group, the brand features a near-average protein content of 38.1% and an above-average fat level of 19.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 51%.

This means this Fromm Four-Star  range contains near-average protein, near-average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

This range of cat food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The Four-Star dry cat food line includes a mix of real meat or fish, vegetables, fruits, and grains, ensuring a well-rounded diet for cats. Fromm prides itself on using high-quality ingredients sourced from trusted suppliers, and its recipes are created in small batches to maintain quality and consistency.

Has Fromm cat food been recalled in the past?

No. None of Fromm’s cat food recipes have ever been recalled.

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

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Fromm has been privately owned and family operated since it was founded in 1904.  Fourth generation family member Tom Nieman is the current president, owner and head chef. 

The company manufactures its own wet and dry food for dogs and cats.  Its dry facilities are located in Mequon, Wisconsin, and Columbus, Wisconsin, and the wet food cannery is in Eden, Wisconsin.


1: Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition

2: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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