Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Duck & Turkey Meal Formula Dry Cat Food

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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

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  • Brand
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


  1. Duck, Turkey Meal, Duck Meal, Chicken Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Montmorillonite Clay, Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, 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 Duck (Including Freeze Dried Ground Duck 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.

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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.

Food that Follows Nature's Lead
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.

Customer Reviews

Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Duck & Turkey Meal Formula Dry Cat Food is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cat Food I have 8 cats and they all like this brand of cat food. I rotate between the turkey, chicken and rabbit flavors to keep things interesting so the cats don't get bored. It is easy to rotate because only the main ingredient changes. Some of my cats are picky eaters and one has IBD but all do well on this cat food.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased with quality I am trying to minimize feeding dry food to my cats these days, but if I do, this one seems to be excellent quality with a good ingredient profile. Both my cats love it.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feral cats love it! I feed a colony of spayed/neutered feral cats. There is more indoor cat food on the market without mention of outdoor cats and their needs. This product is not only high in protein (much needed in feline diet) but they also love the taste!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Food, all my 5 cats love it! This is the best food yet. All my 5 cats love it. It was recommended by a friend who has 9 cats (we volunteer for an animal shelter) and all hers love it too. My big grey cat was having hairball issues, throwing up at least once a week. Since he has started eating nature's variety, he has not thrown up at all, its been 5 weeks. My original reason for changing food was for my long hair cat, Ziggy, she was getting constipated a lot. She also is doing great on the grain-free duck & turkey! Her constipation has cleared up. It's a little pricey, but far cheaper than a visit to the vet!
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Excellent My ferrets love this food and it's really healthy for them..I am glad to have a food my ferrets love and is perfect for them that I can afford
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all my cats LOVE it!! I have a multi-cat household and am always trying to find a grain free food my fussbudgets like to eat. They have a choice of 4 different grain free foods but the bowl that is ALWAYS empty first is the Instinct Duck and Turkey Meal. It's rare to find a food that the gang loves but this food is the one! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Date published: 2013-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a Favorite The ingredients in this food is very good for cats with food allergies. I have one that is allergic to so many things but he will only eat this as a last resort. Not sure why. I've tried it on my other cats that aren't as picky and they aren't fond of it either. Again have no idea why since it is a good food. It has no chicken, eggs, potato or peas which are high allergens at my house. It's very very difficult to find food without these 4 ingredients any more. Seems like the pet food industry decided peas, potatoes, eggs and chicken should be in almost all food formulas. I say give it a try if you have one with food allergies.
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for picky ferrets! When my poor little ferret stopped eating. I didn't know what to do. But When I caught him chewing through my dog's bag of food. I gave him some of the kibble and he ate it right up. So I began to search for a high meat diet with Duck, Turkey and Chicken. I got a 2.2 Ib bag which is a great size for a taste test. He ate it right up. So glad he is back to normal now thanks to this food.
Date published: 2014-10-27
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