Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Chicken Meal Dry Cat Food
Say "NO" to potatos and "YES" to clay......
I have 9 cats (thanks to people dumping their pregnant cats out at my house), and even though it ends up being tremendously expensive, feed a grain-free diet. I am an RN and have studied nutrition, not only human, but cat, dog and horse nutrition as well. I believe each species should eat what their bodies are designed to digest and use. If I could, my dogs and cats would be fed a raw diet, however, time and money prevent me from achieving that. (I do supplement their diets with chicken hearts and gizzards that are only slightly cooked.) Anyway, I will not feed any of my animals a product that contains, corn, wheat, soy, rice or white potatos. A lot of the grain-free products contain white potatos which is disappointing. It's used as a filler because it is cheap and I understanding keeping a product affordable. However, the problem with white potatos as a cat food is that it can cause an insulin spike, which is detrimental to your cat's health. Dogs can handle this effect better, but I prefer to not feed white potatos to any of my pets or myself. Nature's Variety Grain-Free fits the bill. It also contains montmorillonite clay which supports the efficiancy and health of the intestines.
I rotate between the chicken and the turkey cat food by Nature's Variety. For the price I think it's the best deal, especially when you get free shipping and no tax from Chewy's.
June 21, 2013
They think it's treats
I got a small bag to test out. My cats had been eating Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken for the last few years. They absolutely love Instinct. I actually put some in a jar on the counter and use it as a replacement for cat treats. When you consider how expensive grain-free cat treats are, it's a wonderful find.
April 12, 2013
Our go to dry food
My cat has been eating this dry food ever since he finished his first kitten dry food bag. The pieces are small, and he really loves the flavor. He chooses this sometimes over his wet food, which says a lot.
March 4, 2013
My cat loves it.
Grain free is the way to go. My cat gets constipated with the mass market dry foods out there. But not with Instinct. She feels great, she looks great, and she's playing more than before.
December 28, 2012
My finicky girl loves this stuff
My Maine Coone is a finicky eater, especially when it comes to dry food. Even the food that she eats she tires of very quickly, and I usually need to keep two or three different brands and flavors on hand. But the first day I tried this product she was hooked. She finished the first bag I bought her without a single complaint and now is working on #2...Even though the food is a bit pricey, I'm saving money because I am only having to buy one bag of food at a time instead of three.
October 19, 2012
As Good As Dry Food Gets
Our Highland lynx cats love this food. It is grain free and has the added benefit of a raw coating. No synthetics or added chemicals; high quality for dry food (no cat should have more than 30% of diet in dry food - not enough wet food contributes to kidney disease).
September 19, 2012
All my cats seem to like this.
First, second & fourth are named meat products, high meat content, grainless, quality ingredients throughout.
I am reviewing several grain free cat food products that I feed to my cats, so I am pasting some notes that are general and changing only what needs to be.
This is not the highest in named meat products, but still an excellent cat food and as the summary indicates, All my cats eat this without fuss. (this does not mean yours will)
I only feed grainless to my cats. I have 4 and they all have different tastes. Not all mine like this, but they will all eat it if I leave them no choice.
It seems that with grain free cat food they eat smaller amounts.
BTW, I rotate 6 different brands of grain free Cat Food to my cats just so they have the best I can offer. Different brands include different ingredients and I want them to have it all.
To be honest to any quality grain free cat food, if your cat does not eat it as readily it does not make it bad. You should rate the ingredients not by what your cat thinks. This is an excellent product and your cat WILL eat it if you give them no other choice. Just remember, their built in instinct is survival and they will eat even though they complain at the same time.
Also worth mentioning, the prices and service here especially if you purchase over $50 with the free shipping is better than what I can do anywhere local.
April 16, 2012
Changed over to this food. In a week the 3 cats have been more active & playful. Also, the litter box does not have to cleaned out as much. I feel most of the food goes where it is supposed to go (into the system) instead of the litter box.
Look forward to trying the other flavors for a healthy rotation of food.
November 16, 2013