Rated 2 out of 5 by Hope Pieces too hard
My girls eat only Nature's variety can food and I was surprised they wouldn't eat these as the pieces are too hard. I supposed I could have soaked them in water first, but to give as a treat or ontop of their food.....I could barely break them up myself. Maybe I got a bad batch, but they were almost like little rocks. Very strange. The freeze-dried duck treats were much softer. Disappointed.
May 19, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by JenL My cat wouldn't eat it.
This would probably be great for a less picky kitty. My loves the chicken, just not the rabbit.
April 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mirianda Cats devoured
My kitties are picky little buggers. One usually will only eat fish. After reading the reviews I figured I'd try a bag for treats. Both boys ate everything I gave them and both went looking for crumbs the other might have left (in this case - none). Will definitely be trying more.
March 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by CitiVerse My cat loves these
Each morning my kitty doesn't let me leave for work until I hide a handful of these throughout the apartment. He has a blast hunting for them and gobbles them up. Both the rabbit and lamb flavors. We use these as dry treats rather than the main meal. Since his main meal is raw food and Nature's Variety canned, this seems like a good pairing.
I like that as treats they are nutritional...Orijen freeze-dried treats are of great quality and I still use them, but they don't have other nutrients added in besides the meat. I limit his intake of these more than the NV treats because of this. So with the Nature's Variety ones, at least you know that they're nutritionally balanced (if kitty happens to eat many of them in one day, like while training, etc).
Often I do have to cut them in half, but it's not big enough of an inconvenience to get me to stop purchasing them.
Also due to the various sizes of treats in each bag, I found it tricky to figure out the calories of each piece. After using a food scale it's hopefully figured out correctly. I THINK every 2 grams = 6 kcal, but if someone found out differently, please post the info! I contacted Nature's Variety directly about this but they weren't able to give specifics.
Make sure to always have water around when kitties eat these, since they're very dry as one would expect from freeze-dried food. The first thing my cat does after eating these is beeline for the water bowl.
I highly recommend these as a healthy treat!
February 26, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cmdm Would not recommend
My cat ate it & violently vomited afterward. Tried a few times...same results.
March 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Aunnika Rabbit!
So glad rabbit is becoming a normal staple in cat food. My cats love this. I add to wet and dry food too as a supplement. You can throw them in or cruble ontop
February 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by JandJ Also makes a great dog treat!
I know this is designed for cat food, but when you have a picky dog with lots of allergies, you start looking for new treats in strange places. My dog loved the Nature's Variety freeze dried lamb dog food but was getting tired of it, so I decided to try this since it's 99% the exact same formula but with rabbit instead. My dog loves it, and I've also given it as a gift to cat-loving friends. They all give it rave reviews as well.
January 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
by AutumnColors 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