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

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Instinct by Nature's Variety Grain-Free Lamb 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, it 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 6 fatty acids to promote 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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  • Weight
    4.8 pounds
  • Food Texture
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Food Form
    Wet Food
  • Lifestage
    All Stages, Adult
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


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

Caloric Content

1,400 kcal/kg, 119 kcal/3 oz can, 218 kcal/5.5 oz can

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 9.5% min
Crude Fat 7.0% 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 0.55% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.1% min

Feeding Instructions

Adult: 3 oz Can: Feed 2 cans per 6 - 8 lb of body weight per day.

5.5 oz Can: 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 3 times the normal Adult amount per day.

Refrigerate unused portion.

Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 - 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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Instinct is thoughtfully crafted to match your pet's instinctive diet with high protein levels and no grains or gluten. Each blend contains nutrient-dense, highly digestible ingredients like real meat or poultry plus fruits and vegetables for a pure, biologically appropriate diet. Dry formulas feature a freeze-dried raw coating to help your cat thrive.

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Transforming the Lives of Pets

Transforming the Lives of Pets

Nature's Variety Instinct believes that everything we feed our pets should be real, whole, pure and as close to its natural state as possible. They are on a mission to transform the lives of pets and make it possible for more people to feed their own pets the pure, real nutrition that only comes from raw.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw in Every Recipe

Instinct is on a mission to transform the lives of pets through the pure, real nutrition of raw. Their belief in the power of raw inspires every food they make. Instinct has carefully crafted their foods to provide easy ways to incorporate raw into your pet's diet.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw in Every Recipe

Real Food for Real Nutrition


Instinct believes protein should primarily come from pure animal sources. Animal protein provides all the essential amino acids, which vegetable protein alone can't provide.


Instinct never uses fillers like grain, gluten, corn, wheat and soy, because they think every ingredient should have a specific nutritional and functional purpose.


Real meats, whole fruits and vegetables and turmeric are a few of the ingredients Instinct uses to provide naturally derived nutrients and enzymes for overall wellness.

The Mindful Choices Instinct Makes

Every Instinct recipe shows the careful, deliberate approach they take in crafting their food. They use only real ingredients, and you'll never find artificial colors, flavors or preservatives or fillers like corn, wheat or soy.



Well-balanced food source that contains fiber, vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene.



Provide a complete amino acid profile, including essential nutrients for optimal health.



An all-natural hypoallergenic starch that is highly digestible, grain-free and gluten-free.



Helps maintain the proper balance of acid and alkaline throughout the body.

About Nature's Variety

Nature's Variety is an independent pet food company based in St. Louis, Missouri with manufacturing operations in Lincoln, Nebraska. They believe the best nutrition comes from healthy, natural ingredients. Nature's Variety makes a variety of premium, wholesome, natural foods to keep pets healthy and happy. The company produces pet food through two brands - Instinct, the leader in raw pet food; and Prairie, a balanced holistic line of food.

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About Nature's Variety

Instinct is sharing the pure, real nutrition of raw by providing over one million meals annually to the dogs and cats in all Best Friends Adoption Centers nationwide. This includes their sanctuary in Kanab, UT as well as shelters in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and New York. Together, Instinct and Best Friends Animal Society can transform - and save - the lives of pets.

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  • A good quality food

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    I have tried to switch my cats over to a raw diet without success. I think the ground up bones is what made them sick. I have tried different cat foods but the Instinct has proven to be a great choice. My cats all love it and their coats have gotten so soft.

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  • she loved it

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    We've had to do a lot of switching up of food for our older cat. We know she had some allergies but didn't know if it was from dry food or the wet food. Once we switched to the grain free Nature's Instinct, her hair has started to grow back and she is liking her food more.

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  • Excellent cat food

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    Both of my cats approve of this food! It is a great food and has no fish or seafood in the ingredients and as one of my cats cannot eat any fish, seafood or fish or seafood oils, I'll continue to buy it. It isn't inexpensive but it it much better than having a sick kitty.

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  • Absolute favorite

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    Both my cats love this food and I feel good about giving it to them. They eat a few other flavors but love the lamb the most.

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  • Can't get enough

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    There are a lot of things my cat won't, or can't, eat. He loves this food and can't seem to get enough of it.

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  • Cats love it

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    Our boys are turning a year old in August 2017, and I wanted to transition them to adult food from kitten food. I always worry when food is changed and what will happen to their sensitive systems. This was recommended by the breeder, we have Rag Dolls. They took to it immediately ate all of their portions and wanted more. I am happy that it has broth in the can, is grain free, and has vegetables. They love it.

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  • Touchy tummy Kitty

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    This is a great replacement for original food that was discontinued by Iams

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  • Happy tummies and happy cats

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    After much trial and error and after vet check ups, I determined my cat did not tolerate carrageenan. I rescued him from the street, where he was probably dumped for his frequent vomiting and diarrhea. He loves this food and is thriving now. I also give it to my other colitis kitty, and I have seen improvement with her as well. She also loves the lamb. This food is expensive, but well worth it to me.

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  • Choose this for your cat!

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    My cats love this. It's one of their favorite foods.

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  • Taxi loves this!

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    My princess absolutely loves the lamb from Nature's Variety.

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