Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Rabbit Meal Formula Dry Cat Food
Recommended -- with caution
We have a cat that, because of physical problems, cannot eat regular store bought cat food. We have been feeding him (and two others in the house--you can't feed cats seperately!) a rather expensive duck-based cat food we get from the vet. A friend recommended rabbit-based food as healthier and the vet said that would be fine. We got Chewy as a trial. Problem is, the cats love it--but the sick cat reacts badly to it when he eats it. He has IBS and the rabbit food exascerbates his problems, so we've had to discontinue using it. So, if your cat can eat it without problems, go for it--it's good stuff and healthy, but if you have a cat with a chronic illness, try a little first and watch and see how s/he reacts before stocking up.
January 21, 2014
Apparently very tasty
I'm amazed that both of my cats are eating this. I'd like to feed all canned, but they want kibble too. One of mine is impossibly finicky and the one of the only canned foods she'll eat is Nature's Variety rabbit flavor. For kibble, for a while she liked Blue Wilderness chicken, then stopped eating it. Then she liked Blue Basics fish & potato, and recently stopped eating that too, so I bought this.
I didn't try to mix it in, since I don't care which food they eat. I just left out the 3 different kinds of kibble.
The big surprise is that the cat who doesn't like the canned rabbit ignored the other two and she absolutely inhales this.
The one I bought it for wouldn't go near it for the first few days, and I think it was because the shape of the kibble is quite different from most. The pieces are about the same size as regular kibble, but they're round and flat, like small, concave discs. She was attracted by the smell and took a couple of pieces. But she clearly couldn't swallow or chew them and had a bit of a gag reaction. She spit them back out (she didn't vomit). But she seems to have gotten used to the new shape, because now she loves it too.
So if your cat llikes rabbit but won't eat it at first, don't give up right away. It might be just because it's different from what they're used to. And even if your cat doesn't like rabbit, it's worth trying out.
April 6, 2013
A Must Try.
This is the only brand/flavor that all my 4 cats eat. I have tried at least 70% of all the grainless out there, and keep 5 different bags.
I put all the flavors in 5" glass bowls and my cats get to eat twice a day for about 5 min and they always rotate to different flavors while one might stick more with a specific flavor/brand at times.
When the Rabbit was introduced they all pushed to get to it ignoring the other bowls, at the end. this had to become a treat between meals since they would not eat anything else while this was part of the mix. Eventually I will try to mix it with the others, but cats have a way of picking what they want also.
December 29, 2012
Great High Quality Food
My cats LOVE this dry good. I have 3 Peterbald Sphynx and all 3 chow this right down. I mix about 1 cup of Nature's Variety dry kibble (rabbit flavor is their favorite# with one 3 oz can of Nature's Variety Instinct wet #my cats LOVE the rabbit flavor# and they go crazy over it and lick their plates clean. Nature's Variety Instinct is the ONLY cat food #canned and dry) that I will give to my cats. I have tried all 6 wet canned flavors and my cats LOVE all 6 varieties and I have tried the Rabbit and the Chicken flavor in the dry kibble and all 3 of my cats LOVE it! My cats eyes are brighter and they have much more energy. I also noticed my cats always had brown wax build up in their ears and I was told that was a sign of food allergies and I have to say since I started using Nature's Variety Instinct No Grain, they barely have any build up in their ears anymore. I can't say enough good things about this brand of cat food. I HIGHLY recommend!
October 25, 2012
Oliver Loves It!
He'd eat this up along with his wet food whenever I feed him this flavor. I switched from feeding my cat food from big grocery store brands to Nature's Variety since the past few weeks. He seems to be very healthy, and active. His coat looks beautiful, shiny and glossy. I'm happy with this brand as long as my rock star is happy with it too.
August 24, 2014
The cats love this flavor
My cats always get grain-free foods. This is one of several that they enjoy.
August 15, 2014
Great food for sensitive tummies
I have a foster cat who developed loose stools and the usual things didn't clear it up so I decided to try a novel protein, grain free, limited ingredient diet and Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Rabbit Meal Formula Dry Cat Food was just the ticket! And he loves it - both the canned and dry.
April 29, 2014
My cats love this food!
I have two Bengals that are very picky eaters and also require more protein in their diet. This food has worked wonderfully. Plus, you can switch the different kinds of meats within this brand and it doesn't hurt their stomachs. I've tried to switch mine, but they prefer the rabbit by far. I'm not sure I will ever be able to feed them anything else! It also keeps them at a healthy weight. The cost is a little more than other brands, but it is well worth it for two happy, healthy cats!
April 8, 2014