Rated 5 out of 5
by Gimpy333 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Night Highest Quality Food for a Decent Price
My first two cats were FeLV (leukemia) positive. Because of their ease to get sick and have health problems that cause their short lifespans, I wanted to provide them with a high-quality food that didn't have any questionable ingredients or potentially carcinogenic additives. I researched into pet food ingredients and made a list for myself for what would eliminate certain pet food brands.
Searching for a brand that didn't/doesn't have BHA/BHT preservatives, grains, brewer's yeast/rice products or dyes was rather easy. But when potentially carcinogenic or questionable ingredients like artificial Vitamin K (menadione bisulfite/bisfulfate and other forms of the menadione), cellulose (wood), and carrageenan, were considered, my choices in food were severely limited. Even with allowing wood and sawdust fibers into my cat's diet didn't widen the brands that were in my budget.
There are several brands out there that don't have these mentioned ingredients, but the one I and my cats fell in love with was Nature's Variety. There is a wide variety of proteins to keep them loving their meals and the raw bites and frozen raw bites are a way to add even more diversity to their diets.
My boy - who had several issues with waste consistency, pica and throwing up - was able to form solid stools; he stopped eating plastic bags, random things on the floor and attempting to chew on metal. Both my cats coats began to shine and be silky smooth. Overall their ENTIRE health improved by being on a high quality brand that put the cat's interest first. I believe that this food even helped prolong my FeLV+ kitties lives during their time here.
**While I do agree the price per bag of this cat food can be a little pricey for some, I have seen superior results in all of the cats I have owned. I'm adopting a 4th cat, and still don't regret choosing a higher priced product that doesn't contain ANY harmful ingredients - just healthiness all wrapped up into a delicious smelling and tasting kibble**
July 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by saxon 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by cactusfeathers 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by deserttoad This is my new go-to grain-free food.
Seven cats give this thumbs up (if cats had thumbs).
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by hollysno 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by MaineCoonMom Multiple cat household and ALL are doing great on this food
We have multiple cats/kittens (All Maine Coons) in our home and have recently transitioned over to Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free Chicken Meal formula. We were already on a grain-free diet but I was looking for something with less carbohydrates and fillers. I was also looking for a food without potatoes, so this fit the bill. We have only been on this food a few weeks but thus far I am very pleased. My cats like it and eat it happily (which speaks for itself since we know how difficult it is to find a food that everyone likes!), their coats are softer and plusher already. They eat less, poop less and the odor of their poop is less. It is a bit pricey, which makes it difficult for multi-cat owners, but it is well worth it and we watch for sales and stock up. I highly recommend this food and my furkids agree!!
September 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fluffer Finally
I have bought too many different dry cat foods over the last year or so and did not have much luck finding a cat food that my cats would like and/or not get sick from. Well finally this brand is working. I have six cats of various ages and breeds and they all like it. Have been using it for a about a month and it is going well.
April 6, 2015