Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food

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This grain-free dry diet is high in meat protein and low in carbohydrates, which is ideally suited to cat' ancestry and biology as natural carnivores. Since cats instinctively crave raw meat, they will choose it over grain when given a choice. Nature's Variety Raw Instinct, with its high concentration of animal protein, is consistent with the instinctive feline metabolism.

A rotational diet consisting of more meat and less grain fosters biologically appropriate weight control, and lean feeding leads to longer life. The natural results of higher quality nutrition include better skin and coat, healthier teeth and gums, increased energy, and less litter clean-up.

The protein in Nature's Variety Instinct is derived from meat primarily high quality chicken meal and menhaden fish meal. Highly digestible tapioca binds the other high quality ingredients together into a kibble. Tapioca is used because it's grain-free and gluten-free. This assures you that the protein in Instinct is primarily derived from meat. Fruit and vegetables are also added as natural sources of important vitamins. These high quality, wholesome ingredients are blended together with care to meet your pet's raw instinct for a grain-free, nutrient-dense diet. What you won't find in this revolutionary food are grains, glutens, or other grain fractions, potato or other inexpensive fillers, or chemical preservatives.

Ingredient Benefits

The proteins in Nature's Variety Instinct diets are derived from meat - primarily high quality chicken meal and menhaden fish meal. Highly digestible tapioca binds the other high quality ingredients together into a kibble. Nature's Variety uses tapioca because it is grain-free and gluten-free. This assures you that the proteins found in Instinct pet diets are primarily derived from meat.

Pumpkin seeds provide linoleic acid for skin and coat, Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, and are a natural source of fiber. Vegetable seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, are one of the densest sources of nutrition available. Alfalfa has unique nutritional benefits; its root system often penetrates the soil more than 20 feet deep, seeking out minerals in the subsoil that are not accessible to other plants. Chelated minerals are added to aid absorption in the digestive tract. ("Chelated" means firmly attached, usually to an amino acid or other organic component.) Montmorillonite clay is an additional source of trace minerals and has been shown to isolate toxins. Fruits and vegetables are also added as natural sources of important vitamins.

Instinct Grain-Free Nutrition for Cats is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile for All Life Stages.

Review Rating: 4

Country of Origin: USA

Manufacturer: Nature's Variety

Chicken

Ingredients - Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Natural Flavor, Dried Tomato Pomace, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Freeze Dried Chicken, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Calories - 488 per cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 43.0%
Crude Fat (min) 19.5%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.0%
Moisture (max) 9.0%

Other Nutritional Data
Vitamin E (min) 100 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* (min) 85 mg/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 3.0%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.5%
Bacillus coagulans* (min) 60,000,000 CFU/lb

Vitamins
Vitamin D 1920 IU/kg
Thiamin 42.5 mg/kg
Riboflavin 23.9 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 38.6 mg/kg
Folic Acid 2.4 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.2 mg/kg
Niacin 259.6 mg/kg

Minerals
Sodium 0.9%
Potassium 0.7%
Magnesium 0.1%
Copper 15.9 mg/kg

Amino Acids
Lysine 3%
Tryptophan 0.4%
Threonine 18%
Isoleucine 1.7%
Histidine 1%
Leucine 3%
Arginine 3%
Taurine 0.2%

Rabbit

Ingredients - Rabbit, Turkey Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Peas, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Tapioca, Salmon Meal, Rabbit Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Salt, Potassium Chloride, Freeze Dried Rabbit (including Freeze Dried Ground Rabbit Bone), DL-Methionine, Taurine, Pumpkinseeds, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Freeze Dried Rabbit Liver, Freeze Dried Rabbit Lung, Freeze Dried Rabbit Kidney, Rosemary Extract.

Calories - 489 per cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 40.0%
Crude Fat (min) 23.0%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 9%

Other Nutritional Data
Calcium (min) 3%
Phosphorus (min) 1.8%
Vitamin E (min) 100 IU/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 3.1%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.8%

Vitamins
Vitamin D 2059 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid 85 mg/kg
Thiamin 45.4 mg/kg
Riboflavin 25 mg/kg
Folic Acid 3.4 mg/kg

Minerals
Sodium 0.5%
Potassium 0.6%
Magnesium 0.2%
Copper 21.5 mg/kg

Amino Acids
Taurine 0.3%

Duck

Ingredients - Duck, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Peas, Duck Meal, Tapioca, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Salt, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Freeze Dried Duck (including Freeze Dried Ground Duck Bone), DL-Methionine, Pumpkinseeds, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Calories - 522 per cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 41.0%
Crude Fat (min) 21.5%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 9.0%

Other Nutritional Data
Calcium (min) 2.9%
Phosphorus (min) 1.8%
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 3.6%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.4%

Vitamins
Vitamin D 2219 IU/kg
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
Thiamin 58.9 mg/kg
Riboflavin 26.3 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 41.6 mg/kg
Folic Acid 4.7 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.2 mg/kg

Minerals
Sodium 0.6%
Potassium 0.7%
Magnesium 0.1%
Copper 21.3 mg/kg

Amino Acids
Lysine 2.8%
Tryptophan 0.40%
Threonine 1.7%
Isoleucine 1.6%
Leucine 2.8%
Arginine 2.9%
Taurine 0.3%

Feeding Guide and Instructions

Sudden changes in diet can sometimes result in digestive disturbances. Do not overfeed regardless of the pet's acceptance and eagerness. Overfeeding is the most common cause of digestive upset. Always introduce any new diet over a period of days, mixing with the present diet. Keep fresh water available at all times and offer plenty of exercise.

Feding amounts in the table below are bassd on an average activity level

Weight (lbs) Daily Feeding Amount
5 3/8 cup
10 1/2 cup
15 3/4 cup

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Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food
 
4.2

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nutritional (25)
  • All natural (22)
  • Likes it (22)
  • Improves coat (20)
  • Good taste (19)

Cons

  • Messy (7)
  • Doesn't like it (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoor cats (20)
  • Everyday (19)
  • Active cats (16)
  • Older cats (13)
  • Kittens (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Long-time pet owner (22), Multiple cat owner (5), Single cat owner (3)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Elderly cat

By Serena & Dracula

from Green Bay, Wi

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Pros

  • All Natural
  • Easy To Digest
  • Good Taste
  • Improves Coat
  • Likes It
  • Nutritional

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Everyday
  • Indoor Cats
  • Older Cats
  • Special Meals

Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

I own a 14 year old male cat. Had to switch cat foods since his digestive tract became poor in age. This food is a lot easier on him and seems to prefer it over the cheaper stuff I once bought him. Improved his health and no longer vomits up his food.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My cat LOVES the freeze dried bits

By shandent

from Calgary, AB

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Pros

  • Likes It

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

    My cat really likes this food, especially since I bought the type with freeze dried bits of chicken. I occasionally give him a bit of canned tuna but try not to give him soft food as I worry about his teeth.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Worst Food Experience

    By Elizabeth

    from Taipei, Taiwan

    About Me Long-time Pet Owner

    Pros

      Cons

      • Causes Irritation
      • Doesn't Like It
      • Hard to Digest
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

        I bought a bag of this food thinking it would be a nice upgrade for my two indoor boys. It ended up being a nightmare. First they didn't want anything to do with it, and when they did finally start eating it, it transformed their bowel movements into the foulest, nastiest diarrhea I've ever dealt with in my entire life as a cat owner. It was so bad, it would wake me up in the middle of the night when one of them used the box. And I would also immediately have to take them into the shower to wash off the fur around their bums so they didn't track the diarrhea all over the house. Every time they poo'd. The food itself had a nasty odor that filled the house along with lingering diarrhea smells.
        As soon as I went back to a brand they'd had before, it all stopped almost overnight.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this product, is very good

        By Flaca

        from Everett, WA

        About Me Long-time Pet Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • All Natural
        • Good Taste
        • Improves Coat
        • Nutritional

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Active Cats
          • Everyday
          • Indoor Cats
          • Kittens
          • Older Cats

          Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

          My cats love it. Is the best food I have for my cats.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Cats love it!

          By Snowbird

          from International Falls, MN

          About Me Long-time Pet Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Taste
          • Improves Coat
          • Likes It
          • Nutritional

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Active Cats
            • Everyday
            • Indoor Cats

            Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

            I have two rescue cats that were in pretty bad shape when they arrived. After feeding the Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct dry and canned food my cats are healthy and have beautiful coats. They love this food!

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Cat Food fat cats trim down

            By phh710

            from Houston, Texas

            About Me Long-time Pet Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • All Natural
            • Easy To Digest
            • Good Taste
            • Improves Coat
            • Likes It
            • Nutritional

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Active Cats
              • Everyday
              • Indoor Cats
              • Older Cats

              Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

              This is a predator type died high in protien and low in grains and other filler carbs. If you cat is over weight they will slim down on this cat food. It gives them a beautfiul coat too. I have 4 and they all eat it. All are nice and trim. No fatties!

              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this product again

              By The cat lady.

              from New Hartford, NY

              About Me Long-time Pet Owner

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • All Natural
              • Easy To Digest
              • Good Taste
              • Good Value
              • Improves Coat
              • Likes It
              • Nutritional

              Cons

              • Messy

              Best Uses

              • Diabetic Cat
              • Everyday
              • Indoor Cats
              • Older Cats
              • Special Meals

              Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

              I spent many of days looking for an alternative cat food for my cats. One is diabetic and the rest have mild to severe allergies. I was getting frustrated as to the prices for prescription cat food. And it was easier to feed all the cats the same thing then seperate foods. After a long discussion with my vet, he reccomended that I try your food. My cats love it and I have noticed the oldest who is 18 yrs. stopped bitting and scratching herself. I would reccomend this to all cat owners.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Seven paws up!

              By cat staff of one

              from Arkansas

              About Me Long-time Pet Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • All Natural
              • Good Taste
              • Improves Coat
              • Likes It
              • Nutritional

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Active Cats
                • Everyday

                Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

                My seven cats all seem to enjoy this cat food. I mix it 2 to 1 with the rabbit variety in this same line, They all have lovely shiny coats with almost no dander, no oily spots. I've been feeding it for a while through the auto ship program (a God-send!) and will continue with it indefinitely. It just seems perfect for the seven!

                (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Dry and Wet Instinct Chicken Flavor

                By Johnnymc

                from Ft Worth, Texas

                About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Causes Irritation
                  • Unhealthy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

                    Both of my cat's ate it, both got sick and got sick twice after. I thought it was their soft food. I changed that first. Also caused the runs 8 hours after eating it.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    5 paws up for five cats

                    By Crazy Cat Lady

                    from Manassas, VA

                    About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 5 cats all love it
                    • All Natural
                    • Easy To Digest
                    • Improves Coat
                    • Likes It
                    • Nutritional

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Active Cats
                      • Everyday
                      • Indoor Cats
                      • Older Cats

                      Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Cat Food:

                      This was an easy kibble to transition to. No upset stomachs. Two of the kitties have skin allergies that have improved greatly.

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