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4health’s wet foods are good quality cat food which we rate highly. They surpass our nutrient analysis criteria. We have only minor quibbles with some ingredients.
4health’s dry cat food is an average quality food. It falls short of our nutritional criteria. We have some quibbles with the quality of the ingredients. Some ingredients are are a more sustainable choice.
- Food quality 2.5/5
- Sustainability 4/5
- Approximate calories 390kcal/100g
- Price $$$$
- Food quality 4/5
- Sustainability 3/5
- Approximate calories 100kcal/100g
- Price $$$$$
See this post on how to decide which food is right for your cat.
Read on for our full 4health cat food reviews.
Things to consider before buying cat food
Choosing a cat food can be a difficult process. There are lots of brands, flavours and forms. Manufacturers use opaque words to describe the ingredients, and what do cats actually want from a food anyway?
“You are what you eat” is just as true for cats as for people. Choosing the right food will help keep your cat happy and healthy without hurting the environment or your wallet!
At YourPetProfessional we use a unique algorithm to assess foods based on their suitability. Our algorithm rates how well they meet cats’ nutritional requirements, the quality of the ingredients and palatability. We also rate products on price and sustainability.
The ideal food should be high in protein, have a moderate level of fat and low carbohydrates. Most of the protein should come from animal sources. It should be free of artificial preservatives and low in ingredients which could potentially harm your cat. There should be no “filler” ingredients.
When we discuss the cost of a food we take into account both the price and how calorie dense it is. This way you can get an idea of a food’s cost-per-day allowing you to compare apples with apples.
Sustainability is a rough measure of the food’s impact on the environment. Sustainable foods complement the human food chain rather than competing with it. They include high-quality, nutritious ingredients that cats love, but simply don’t fit with modern appetites. Sustainable foods use low-impact sources of animal protein.
Our recommendations will suit the vast majority of cats, but if your cat doesn’t seem to be doing well on a particular food you should always seek veterinary advice. If your cat has a specific health problem consult our guides and your veterinarian for advice.
4health Cat Food Review
4health promises great nutrition at an affordable price. The main ingredient is real meat or fish.
4health is owned by Tractor Supply Co. This food is made in the USA primarily from the United States but some ingredients are imported.
4health cat foods contain protein from meat, meat/fish meal and plant protein. Meat/fish meal is a high quality, nutrient dense ingredient. These sources are healthy for cats, because most protein needs to come from meat.
|4health Dry Pros||4health Dry Cons|
|Meat/fish main ingredient||High carbs|
|Whitefish and fish meal are sustainable ingredients||Insufficient protein|
|Few filler ingredients||Some questionable ingredients|
|Many recipes contain fish|
|4health Wet Pros||4health Wet Cons|
|Meat/fish main ingredient||Some recipes contain fish|
|High protein||Some questionable ingredients|
|Very low carbs|
Nutritional percentages in these charts are calculated from data in the manufacturer’s guaranteed analysis. The values in the charts may differ from actual values. Vales may vary slightly between flavours. Please contact the manufacturer directly for more information.
Protein is a key part of a cat’s diet and is required for all aspects of health. A protein level of 40% is needed to maintain muscle mass.
4health’s dry foods contain 38% protein, the wet foods are 56% by dry matter. This means that if you choose to feed 4health’s dry food you will need to supplement with wet food to help to ensure your cat maintains their muscular strength and activity level.
There is a lot of controversy about whether cats need carbohydrates and if carbohydrates should be in cat food. Cats can absorb small amounts of carbohydrates, but too much can cause an upset tummy.
4health’s dry foods contain a high level of carbs. This level of carbs may cause digestive upset, and will not give your cat any benefit. Less carbs would allow you to feed less to get the same benefit.
4health’s wet foods contain significantly lower carbs than usual for a wet food which is a good thing.
Animal protein makes up the majority of the protein in these foods. Cats cannot produce taurine or arachidonic acid. These are two of the essential building blocks of protein which are only found in meat. The high proportion of animal protein in these foods will more than adequately provide these essential nutrients and keep your cats healthy.
Quality animal protein sources like those seen in this food are palatable to cats. This means your cat is likely to enjoy the taste A wide search of pet owner feedback online shows that 4health foods have moderate ratings. Some reviewers noted that their cats didn’t like the flavour and others noted digestive upset.
The main ingredients in these foods are high quality, this means that you aren’t paying for fillers that do not benefit your cat.
4health’s dry foods rate higher than most on our sustainability criteria. Fish meal is a nutritious ingredient which is a byproduct of the human food chain. See here for why food should contain by-products. The ingredients in these foods do not compete with the human food chain.
There are a number of questionable ingredients in 4health’s foods. Cats don’t eat carrots or cranberries by nature!
Most foods in the 4health range contain fish. Feeding foods with fish could increase the risk of certain health conditions in your cat. We would recommend avoiding, or feeding less of, the products in this range containing fish.
4health’s dry foods are high in cabohydrates and low in protein. For this reason we cannot recommend feeding them alone. High carbohydrates can cause stomach upset and low protein means your cat could struggle to maintain their muscles.
Also worth checking out
- Nulo – great food and great value
- Taste of The Wild – good quality and best value kibble
- Crave – best for flavour
Nulo are committed to using high quality ingredients and it shows. This brand surpasses our nutritional criteria. The foods stand out for being high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
Nulo foods are mid-range priced but offer excellent value.
Taste Of The Wild
Taste of The Wild is a brand that aims to create high quality and affordable cat food. The main ingredient is real meat of fish and they use unique proteins found in few other foods.
Taste of The Wild foods contain high quality ingredients, with few questionable ingredients. Taste of The Wild’s foods surpass our nutritional standards.
Taste of the Wild’s dry food is particularly good value.
Crave is a brand that aims to create diets that meets cats’ nutrient requirements and instinctive drive to eat protein rich food. Meat is always the main ingredient.
Crave makes good quality cat food which we rate highly. Crave foods surpass our nutrient analysis criteria. Crave foods stand out for flavour. Cats are widely reported to love the taste.
Crave foods are mid-range on price, though the wet foods are priced as slightly more premium than average.
Choosing the right cat food will keep your cat as healthy and happy as possible. Poor quality foods can cause many health problems and ultimately lead to high vet bills. A good food should also be tasty so your cat will eat and enjoy it.
4health’s wet foods are a good quality food for your cat. They are noted for having particularly low carbohydrate levels. The price online is relatively high.
We cannot recommend feeding 4health’s dry foods without supplementing with a wet food because the carbs are too high and the protein is too low. One positive is that the ingredients in these foods have a lower environmental impact than most.