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
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 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
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
I purchased several flavors of the Instinct Raw freeze-dried food when I learned that there were crystals in my 4-year-old male cat's urine and wanted to try to get him and his sister to eat some wet food. I liked that this food could be serve both dry and rehydrated and decided to give it a try. My boy cat, who is much less food-motivated than his sister, likes the rabbit mixer quite a bit, though he does seem to prefer it dry or on top of wet food rather than rehydrated.
July 2, 2014
Not much interest
I had high hopes for this in rehydrating it to make the kibble softer to eat. But it doesn't soak up water like other freeze dried foods do. My cats will not take but a few nibbles - wet, dry or with a gravy topper. They are not new to rehydrated or freeze dried food, but this scored a "2" with them
June 30, 2014
Not just a treat...A MUST HAVE
This is not just a treat for our 8 year old, Casper. He has dental issues and I break up and sprinkle the Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Meal or Mixer Rabbit Formula Freeze-Dried Cat Food pellets on his Royal Canin - Oral Sensitive 30 to encourage him to eat. He had lost weight and is now maintaining it because he loves the taste. He looks better now. I also like the fact that I am buying "Made in the USA".
I recommend this to everyone!
June 12, 2014
Bit expensive to use as regular meals (for my pockets). Love that I can have a healthy treat* that they love. :)
May 26, 2014