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

  • 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
  • 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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Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Duck Formula Canned Cat Food is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 73.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Working wonders for allergic, elderly cat 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!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instinct Grain-Free Duck 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!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALL 4 LOVE IT!! Miracles do happen! It is very, very difficult to find a canned cat food that all 4 of the furballs really love. ALL 4 LOVE IT! Never tried duck on them and had to wait out their initial reaction - they thinks it fantastic. (And its healthy for them too).
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cats love this Duck Food but it's pricey My rescue cats needed to be on good food due to several health issues which are now resolved.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for cats with food allergies! No more vomitting! My cat used to vomit on a regular basis (at least a few times every week). I tried many different cat foods, including prescription diets of duck, rabbit, venison. These were expensive, and still didn't help. I finally found Nature's Variety instinct in the duck variety and my cat loved it. And the best part is that he hardly ever vomits now (maybe once every month or two!). I also introduced him to the dry version of Instinct. It has turkey and duck in it, and the only grain is tapioca. He tolerates the food wonderfully. Overall, I'm very pleased with the Instinct duck line of cat foods. Natural ingredients, low/no grain, no chicken, gluten, corn, etc. And a reasonable price compared to some of the prescription diets. I highly recommend you give this food a shot if your cat has food allergies or a sensitive stomach.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My finicky cats love it! Nature's Variety's Instinct is the only one of the many top-quality, grain-free, gluten-free foods that I've tried that my finicky cats will eat, and they love the Duck Formula. Duck Formula comes in a Low Ingredient Diet version that doesn't have the small amount of turkey that the regular version contains. My kitties seem to prefer a little turkey with their duck. There is a small amount of carrots and peas, which are of no value to our obligate carnivores, and my only criticism is that I wish they'd not include the few whole peas and chunks of carrot in each can. The cats don't like them and will stop eating if they gobble them, so I've become adept at flipping them into the disposal with the lid of the can when I put the food into the bowls and break it up with the lid.
Date published: 2013-08-20
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