Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Meal or Mixer Rabbit Formula Freeze-Dried Cat Food
Great for IBD Cats
My 14 yr old cat has IBD and needs to eat select novel proteins. She seems to prefer rabbit although she still eats very little. But she loves this. While they are large as far as kibble goes, since they are freeze dried, they are easily crumbled by the cat. I can put just three overs some food, (that she ordinarily would only eat sometimes) and she will dig in. Maybe the smell is so enticing that it seems to get her to eat the wet food it is placed on top of. Amazing!! If you look at servicing size, each 3 oz bag is about 1.5 servings! So clearly, you have to use this as a topping or a treat, and even then, its very pricy. But with an IBD cat, you have no choice and this seems to be a lifesaverâ¦ for now.
January 25, 2014
To the above reviewer - try making the pieces smaller
We just got all three flavors of Instinct's new freeze dried raw meals this morning. This was definitely the favorite with both cats. HOWEVER, neither of them would touch it when I first put the bowls down, so I took them back and used a steak knife to cut each piece into two (and a few broke into 3 pieces) and put the exact same bowls down and both cats DEVOURED them. A little while ago, I just crumbled two of these rabbit mini-bites into powder and sprinkled over their canned food (Instinct 95% duck) and they both gobbled that up, too, and one of the cats is very picky about wet food - sometimes she'll eat it and sometimes not, for reasons only she knows. We'll definitely continuing buying this as it seems to be the only way I can get any raw into them. Maybe I'll try the frozen raw bites again and rolls them in this powder first. Have had little luck getting either of them to eat frozen raw of any flavor or any brand. Hope the previous reviewer might see this and try what I did. If anyone from Nature's Variety sees this, please make these bites SMALLER. They're still a bit big for cats. Thanks.
August 3, 2013
Wouldn't touch it.
I am usually a fan of the Instinct brand of cat foods. In the past the gang gobbled all of the flavors of canned and dry. However, this rabbit raw - either dry or reconstituted with a little water - isn't appealing to one of them. They won't touch the stuff. Donating to the local wildlife.
July 24, 2013
My two three year old cats love this - whether I give it as a treat, mix it with their NV Pride rabbit canned food, or reconstitute the food with water - they beg me for it.
We give NV a thumbs up for their food - hormone, antibiotic free with strict quality control, all raw is manufactured in a USDA certified organic plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. Thank you NV!!
April 8, 2014
Great treat or add-in to regular foods
I use these mostly as treats to 'hide' around the house for my 2 cats to forage for. The ingredients are far superior to most other treats marketed for cats. Being a freeze dried raw meat product, it allows for you to experiment/augment with this type of food while still maintaining a traditional diet. I have purchased both the rabbit and duck varieties and both were well liked by my cats.
February 22, 2014
My cat LOVES this freeze dried raw food!
She will go to her bowl and sniff the dry food already there, then sit and wait until I put a few of the rabbit (or chicken) freeze dried nuggets in her bowl.
January 27, 2014
MY CAT LOVES IT!
My 13 year old cat has IBD and is highly sensitive to many foods. Although I don't think he could tolerate a diet of this food only, he absolutely loves it. I grind it up in a food processor and mix a 1/2 tsp. or so in a little bit of water to a gravy consistency and add his nutritional supplements to it. He thinks it's a great treat! And because he goes through phases where he doesn't have much appetite, I've found at those times, if I sprinkle it on his food as a topper, he digs right in.
December 20, 2013
my cat does not like them
Other's cats might like this product but my cat won't even try them. She takes one sniff and she walks away.
November 15, 2013