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

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Nature’s Variety Instinct 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

  • Formulated to mirror your cat’s ancestral diet
  • Made with 95% duck and turkey liver and 5% vegetables, fruits and wholesome ingredients
  • Contains natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Grain-free and gluten-free nutrition
  • No corn, wheat, soy or fillers
  • Includes healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat
  • Complete and balanced for all life stages including kitten, adult and senior, and all lifestyles including indoor cats
  • Made in the USA

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  • Item Number
  • Food Texture
  • Food Form
    Wet Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


  1. 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.

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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 68 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by The 3 ounce cans over the 5.5 oz Great food... excellent ingredients and 95% meat. High in liquid content. Looks tasty in the can and has amazingly good ingredients. My cat, Tom, likes the rabbit & the duck. He will eat the rabbit cold out of the refrigerator after chopping it into bits & chunks with a fork. Out of the can, its the cats meow! Great meat & lots of juice. I am going with the 3 oz cans so it is one a day with little if anything left over. I got away from "prescription" diets which added fat to Tom; and he has had no problems. He drinks water too, and this wet food has a lot of liquid as well. There should be a variety pack to try. Tom didn't really take to the lamb, salmon, the limited ingredient turkey, or the chicken initially - but I may re-try the chicken because I tried the chicken firstly in the change over to wet foods. His teeth are very clean at 13 and he is in great shape, having lost about 2 - 2.5 pounds off from 20.5 that he was carrying from years of the so-called "prescription" diet which is really C-R-A-P and a food-made-for-profit with bad & cheap protein and no real good protein ingredients. September 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by "Kids" like it My 3 cats, "the kids", like it, but not as much as the rabbit. But they need variety and so they get Duck as well as the rabbit and lamb. Mom knows best. August 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by A favorite of my cat I have tried the rabbit, beef, venison, chicken, salmon, and duck in the wet food. I recommend the smellier of the wet food: the salmon, chicken, and duck. Although all of the products are excellent, my cat seems to prefer the ones that have a stronger smell. The beef, rabbit, and venison have very little smell at all—something I think attests to the cleanness and quality of the meat—but my cat does not seem to enjoy it as much. As far as the beef, rabbit, and venison are concerned, the vet recommended warming the food in the microwave for 30 seconds to give the food a stronger smell. I do not like microwaves, so leaving the food out at room temperature seems to work for the beef, rabbit, and venison, although, once again, it is not a favorite. It is, however, worth a try like all Nature's Variety wet food products. It is the very best wet food I have encountered in my years as a pet owner, i.e. 10+ years. It is worth every penny. February 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great For My Cat's Food Allergies and IBD Since I started Abigail on this food, she no longer needs prednisone. No corn meal, which was causing food allergies and no more vomiting and diahrrea caused by irritable bowel syndrome. A little on the spendier side but cheaper than going to the vet. Oh, and she loves it. August 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My cat loves this product My cat loves this product, if I let her she would eat as many cans as she wanted , She's very healthy has a beautiful coat, I feel it's the food I feed her that makes a healthy pet July 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by High quality I've read the ingredients on nearly every wet cat food product on this site. This is the only brand that has complete nutrition, but doesn't contain any potentially harmful ingredients, such as carrageenan and guar gum. Nature's Variety has informed me that they use dioxin-free calcium Montmorillonite clay in their products, which I've read has many health benefits. July 6, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by One cat loves it the other not so much One cat - the fat one loves it - the thin one we bought it for will eat it but not as crazy about it as Fat Ace. Poor little Tuck is still bones with fur drapped over them. We just can not find a way to help him gain a bit of weight. The food he loved Salmon appears to have cause skin issues and the Vet had us stop it. He is still eating the Hills dry the vet had us get but we think Tuck is loosing weight on it. I may try another favor in this canned brand and see it he will eat it. May 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Picky Kitty says yes! This is actually the second flavor of Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free that my cat has tried. The first, rabbit, was a runaway success. After a rocky start, the duck has also been welcomed on the menu. My cat is on a restricted anti-inflammatory diet temporarily: no chicken, shellfish, grains and as few veggies and fruits (carbs) as possible. This Instinct formulation of Nature's Variety absolutely fits the bill: limited ingredient diet with limited protein sources and very limited fruits and vegetables. No grain or gluten. Of course, no fillers, by-products or artificial ingredients. In this case, 95% duck and turkey liver and only 5% vegetables, fruits and other. No potatoes! Nutritional analysis: Crude Protein: 10% min; Crude Fat: 7.5% min; Moisture: 75% max; Omega 6 Fatty Acids: 1.0%; and Omega 3: 0.2%. This food has a mild flavor and odor. It is dense and slightly less moist as canned cat food goes, so I am able to add some water without any harm to the food and to help my cat's water intake. Even after my cat returns to her normal diet, I plan to add Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free to the rotation. It is just that good! July 6, 2015
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