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Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Chicken Meal Formula Dry Cat Food

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Description

Nature’s Variety Instinct is formulated like your pet’s ancestral diet, thoughtfully balanced with the wholesome foods your cat would eat in nature, like high levels of real meat or poultry, healthy vegetables and fruits, and no grain or gluten. A pure, biologically appropriate diet like this provides nutrient-rich, highly digestible nutrition to help your cat thrive. Feed ancestrally – give pets the nourishment and energy to achieve a healthy, happy life.

Key Benefits

  • Only natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • A grain and gluten-free formula that does not contain any corn, wheat, soy or fillers
  • Protein-rich diet focuses on the primal nutrition a cat would have in the wild
  • Healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat
  • Probiotics support healthy digestion and antioxidants promote immune system health

Nature's Variety has recently undergone a packaging and slight formulation change. Please refer to transition instructions when transitioning your pet to the new formula. Note: Customers may receive the old formulation during this transition.

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  • Item Number
    119111
  • Brand
    Instinct
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  1. Old Formulation: Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Chicken, Menhaden Fish Meal, Tomato Pomace, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Montmorillonite Clay, Choline Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Chicken (Including Freeze Dried Ground Chicken Bone), Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries.
  2. New Formulation: New Formulation: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Natural Flavor, Dried Tomato Pomace, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Freeze Dried Chicken, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract

Caloric Content

  1. Old Formulation: 3811 kcal/kg, 448 kcal/cup
  2. New Formulation: 4150 kcal/kg, 488 kcal/cup

Old Formulation:

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 45.0 % min
Crude Fat 19.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 85 mg/kg min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.25% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.0% min
Bacillus coagulans* 60000000 CFU/lb min

New Formulation:

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 43.0 % min
Crude Fat 19.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 9.0% max
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* 85 mg/kg min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* 0.45% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* 3.0% min
Bacillus coagulans* 60000000 CFU/lb min

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

Feeding Instructions

Ideal feeding amounts will vary by age, weight, and activity level so the guide below should be used as an initial recommendation. Divide the cups per day by the number of feedings per day. Be sure to always provide clean, fresh water. Along with dry food, we recommend feeding raw or wet food to help increase the amount of water in your pet’s diet.

Daily Feeding Guidelines (standard 8 oz dry measure cup):

Weight Adult Maintenance Daily Feeding (Cups) Weight Loss Daily Feeding (Cups)
5 lbs 1/2 1/4
10 lbs 3/4 1/2
15 lbs 1 1/4 3/4
16+ lbs 1 1/4+ 3/4+

Kittens: Feed up to twice the adult maintenance amount shown above.

Pregnant or Nursing Females: Feed up to three times the adult maintenance amount shown above.

Transition Instructions

Sudden changes in diet can sometimes result in digestive disturbances. Overfeeding is a common cause of digestive upset. Always introduce any new diet over a period of 5 to 7 days, mixing increasing amounts with the present diet. Keep fresh water available at all times and offer plenty of exercise.

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    I've been trying to find a grain free cat food that was high quality and my cats liked it. I tried Blue but read so many negative reviews about it causing urinary blocks, and I wasn't willing to take that chance. I mostly feed my cats wet food, but also offer some dry food. This is expensive, but they definitely eat a lot less than the cheap stuff. It's the best dry cat food I've found.

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  • Helps with digestive issues

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    This food is what my cat eats to keep from having diarrhea. She has had it since she was born and so far this is the only food she can eat that keeps it at bay. Chewy is a wonderful company and I cannot say enough good things about them. They have a customer in me forever.

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  • Bad formula change

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    Less animal protein, more plant-based ingredients, and a smaller bag. Also peas (which have been linked to bladder stones) were added. Will not feed this food anymore.

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  • Best dryfood

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    This is by far the best dry food I've tried for my cats. I was trying to switch them to an all wet food diet however they like this so much I decided to stick with it. I still feed them wet with this food and it doesn't make them sick or give them diarrhea. My cats love the chicken formula. I've tried the rabbit and they were not a fan but this brand guarantees your money back if they don't like it which I was very grateful for!

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  • Use this product as treats.

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    This product is excellent! Our cats are on prescription diets, but we use this nutritious food as their treats. They love the taste!

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  • Good cat food. Cats love it.

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    Our cats love this food and they look great. I like what's in it and what's not in it (grains). Cats are carnivores.

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  • Low carb

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    My cat loves this food! He's recently been diagnosed with diabetes I was unsuccessful finding the carb amount online so I wrote the manufacturer this particular flavor has a carb count of 12.5

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  • Great Quality Food

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    This is a great quality food and my picky 14 year old cat loves it. She eats mostly wet food but gets about 2tbs of dry a day so I love that it's offered in the 2# bag size.

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  • Great Diet and my cats love it!

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    This is a very healthy diet. My cats look great with healthy coats and body weight. They are very active on this diet. One is 5 and the other is 7. I will probably be switching to a senior diet by the same company next year.

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  • Beautiful Coats

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    This dry food is the best for our cats! They love the flavor, they eat less of it then other brands because it's so high in protein and is therefore very affordable, and their coats are silky smooth and shiny. I have tried so many different brands of food to find one that worked for my two indoor cats and the stray who has taken up residence on my porch. It fits all activity types as long as you don't free feed a kitty with eyes bigger than their stomach. One of my cats has self inflicted alopecia so she grooms herself until the fur is gone. With the aid of this food and her medication her fur is finally having a chance to grow back in. I highly recommend it!!!

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