Instinct by Nature's Variety Grain-Free Duck Formula Canned Cat Food

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Instinct by Nature’s Variety Grain-Free Duck Formula Canned Cat Food is formulated like your cat’s ancestral diet — high in protein and free of grain and gluten. Each recipe is thoughtfully balanced with wholesome foods your pet would eat in nature, like real meat or poultry and healthy vegetables and fruits. In addition to providing great tasting, quality nutrition, Instinct Canned Cat Food can be rotated with other Instinct grain-free diets to give your cat variety at the food bowl. Feed ancestrally — give pets the nourishment and energy to achieve a healthy, happy life.

Key Benefits

  • Made with 95% meat protein and liver to mirror your cat’s ancestral diet.
  • Contains 5% vegetables for wholesome ingredients that are a natural source of vitamins and minerals.
  • Includes healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat.
  • Grain-free and gluten free for complete and balanced nutrition even cats with food sensitivities can enjoy.
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, corn, soy and potato.

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  • Food Texture
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Food Form
    Wet Food
  • Lifestage
    All Stages, Adult, Kitten, Senior
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


Duck, Turkey Liver, Water, Ground Flaxseed, Tricalcium Phosphate, Montmorillonite Clay, Peas, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Lecithin, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dried Kelp, Salt, Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley.

Caloric Content

1,330 kcal/kg, 113 kcal/3 oz can, 207 kcal/5.5 oz can

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 9.0% min
Crude Fat 5.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 78.0% max
Calcium 0.3% min
Phosphorus 0.2% min
Vitamin E 20 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* 30 mg/kg min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* 1.0% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* 0.2% min

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile

Feeding Instructions

ADULT: Feed 1 can per 6-8 lb of body weight per day.

KITTEN: Feed up to twice the adult amount per day.

GESTATION & LACTATION: Feed up to three times the normal adult amount per day.

Refrigerate unused portion.

Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 to 7 days, mixing increasing amounts of Instinct with the current food each day.

Visit the Instinct Pet Food website for more specific feeding recommendations and information on how to easily combine different forms of food.

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  • High quality food

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    I'm very happy with the high quality of this food. My kitty Gwen has health issues and needed a different protein source. And it meets other requirements for her conditions. The only reason I rated 4 versus 5, is Gwen doesn't always eat. But she is VERY fussy.

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  • They took to it right away. Transitioned off Instinct dry

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    Tommy Gargoyle had a urethral blockage, so as soon as he came back from the ER, I had grabbed all the cans they had at the store. Fortunately for me, he and Stewart really love the duck and I didn't have to wean them off Healthy Weight Chicken kibble with Raw Boost. I buy the larger cans because the boys are 12 and 13 lbs. We've moved to raw since we started, but keep it on hand in case we're going to be out of the house too long, or have medications to administer. No one has any digestive issues or allergies.

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  • Great Product

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    Our cat loves every canned food in the Natures Variety, Instinct brand that we have tried. That includes rabbit, duck, chicken, lamb and limited lamb, turkey and limited turkey! I researched over two dozen brands ALMOST ingredient by ingredient. I am pleased overall with this brand and thrilled to watch our furr baby chow Down! Recently introduced the raw boost dry and freeze dried mixers. They seem to be mak8ng the cut as well. Thank you Chewy for bringing this right to our doorstep!

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  • Taxi loves this!!

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    My cat really does love the duck. I'm very happy with the quality of the food. It's always fresh and Taxi enjoys the duck very much. I definitely would recommend it for any cat lover.

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  • Cats love this food

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    My cats love this food and I love feeding them healthy food without unnecessary ingredients.

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  • Working wonders for allergic, elderly cat

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    Our old kitty started pulling out her hair while on a premium brand "limited protein" diet (which turned out to have more than one source, including chicken). She is nearly 16, was looking frail and ratty, and had recurrent chin acne issues. The vet noted some sores in her mouth indicating food allergies. Switched to this after searching for a MORE limited formula and liking the quality of the ingredients. She finds it palatable, her hair has grown back in, her coat is thicker and more silky after being on the food for less than 6 months. The chin acne and mouth sores are gone. This morning she was playing like a kitten. Highly impressed!

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  • instinct duck

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    .my cats would not eat any of this. I wish I could get a refund on this item

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  • My kitty loves this quack-quack meal.

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    My cat adores this duck food, by Instinct. He chows down like crazy lol

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  • My cat won't eat the Duck formula

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    My cat does not eat this Formula, she likes the Venison and Rabbit, but won't touch the Duck. Not sure what to do with the rest of the cans.....

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  • Instinct Grain-Free Duck

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    I love the quality and my cats love the taste. One of our cats had been suffering with digestive issues. We tried a number of foods and remedies with limited success. Then, I read about grain-free duck formulas. I decided to give Instinct a try. Our sick cat is getting better and the others love the taste. This one is a winner!

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