Rated 5 out of 5 by Cheyvet Saved my cat! (and I'm a veterinarian)
I've been struggling with a severe food allergy in my own cat for a while now, trying various foods and other treatments including steroids and antibiotics to give him relief. After a few months of trial and error, and lots of testing, I finally found this food. Within a week of feeding it, I was FINALLY able to remove his e-collar (that he'd been wearing to prevent him from licking himself bloody all over). I was sure he'd at least get a few hairballs as he was able to groom himself for the first time in 3 months and went at it with gusto (he'd been prone to hairballs even before the food allergy developed). But it's been about 2 weeks now, and no hairballs or vomiting at all. He hasn't licked any spots raw, and old ones are healing faster now also. He seems to like the food. The feces are a bit smelly, but he's had worse on other diets, and no diarrhea like we've dealt with before.
I'll be recommending this diet to my clients now when I suspect food allergy. Particularly since even the prescription diets I've used before contain fish oil, and fish and poultry seem to be the most common allergens in feline diets. I think next time I see our Hill's and Royal Canin reps, I'll bring this up!
June 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anne888 Shakespeare is happy with this choice
My Cat Shakespeare has IBD (irritable bowel desease) and food allergies. Therefore, my Vet recommended an alternative protein diet (no chicken, fish, turkey grain, beef). First of all, this is not so easy to find, secondly Shakespeare is very picky. After spending lots of money ($$$) I finally found a dry cat food that he loves and that is good for him. I noticed within two weeks that he is no longer having episodes of IBD. He is now actually putting on weight (which is great news). My other cat - Tosca -- also loves the food. I am very happy that Mr. Chewy sells Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Rabbit Meal Formula Dry Cat food.
September 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by cookieLu1999 Better than hydrolyzed soy protein!
I have two cats with IBD. The only food they've been able to keep down for most of their lives is a prescription hydrolyzed soy protein formula available only at the vet. With genetically modified soy being the largest GM crop in the US I decided to change my cats soy protein diet to a novel protein/ grain free diet - Nature's Variety Instinct LID Rabbit meal formula. This food is working! My cats have completed a very slow transition and are doing GREAT! Bye, bye soy; bye, bye Rx diet company, Yay! Only bad thing is that salt has been added and it's high up on the ingredients list, too high.
October 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adelaide5209 Great for a cat allergic to everything
Our foster kittens developed a food allergy to chicken and most other poultry products, and for some annoying reason didn't like fish! This was a wonderful product that we could purchase for them without a prescription and has helped clear up a lot of their skin issues. It's hard to keep our other cats away from this stuff. Everyone seems to love it.
July 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrsDesh No more blood in the litter box
I am so thankful that I FINALLY found a food that controls my cat's IBD. All three of my cats like the food and eat it readily (they are pretty picky). I just ordered a second bag. :-)
I transitioned to this food over the coarse of about 3 weeks to avoid any upset tummies. I noticed that as I increased the percent of this new food I saw less and less bloody stool in the litter box (my IBD girl NEVER covers hers up).
I feed this in conjugation with Wellness Healthy Indulgences salmon and tuna pouches. My kitties won't touch any other wet food. I did order the Nature's Variety canned rabbit formula and they turned there noses up immediately.
June 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by hemispear Helping with allergies and stomach issues
I have 5 feline boys, they are all healthy indoor cats, recently one has been chewing the hair off his legs and back, and a couple of others have developed stinky stools, I have always used Natures Variety Instinct but decided to switch to the limited ingredient to help with food allergies and digestive troubles, it's working. I love this food because it is grain free and high protein and raw, I highly suggest it to any cat owner food allergies or not, it is the best food you can feed your furry kids!
March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Patty267 Instinct limited ingredient rabbit meal put some happy in our house!
Our Houligan has multiple food allergies so we have to limit his diet to keep him well. He's an adventurous guy and he likes variety. When I included his new dry rabbit meal in his breakfast, he inhaled it and asked for more! Houlie usually prefers playing to eating, but when I shake his kibble container now, he's there!
September 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zazz Excellent for animails w/ intestine issues
Our one cat continually was vomiting bile after she would eat and this was stressing her out. Our Vet stated she had an intestine issue or lower bowel issue & he suggested to feed her this food well there is no more vomiting.In fact we feed it to both of our cats & they love it.It is well worth it & my cats are happier for it. We are happier to no more stains on the rugs every day.
August 14, 2014