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

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Nature’s Variety Instinct Healthy Weight Grain-Free kibble helps pets lose weight or maintain their ideal weight with formulas that have less fat and fewer calories. This nutritious food also has added Raw Boost – pure, delicious freeze-dried raw pieces that help provide energy, vitality and vibrant health. Together, the kibble plus raw gives your cat a healthy diet that is highly nutritious, great tasting and fully satisfying.

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

Nutritional Info


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

Caloric Content

  1. 3,355 kcal/kg, 349 kcal/cup
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 37.0% min
Crude Fat 12.0% min
Crude Fiber 4.0% max
Moisture 8.0% max
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.0% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.25% min
L-Carnitine 550 mg/kg min
Bacillus coagulans 60,000,000 CFU/lb min

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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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  • Potato free

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    I have a 10 yr old male tuxedo that is not only diabetic but suffers from potato allergies, of which is commonly used as a filler in most cat foods. This food does not include any potato products. His incessant sneezing is almost totally gone as well as his blood sugar levels dropping from the 300's down into the 200's. The cost is somewhat more than my previous food but if I can get his blood sugar down more his need for insulin will drop if not reverse his diabetes all together. Great product and all 4 cats eat it well.

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  • Success!

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    I needed a lower calorie option for my rather hefty cat. I tried several but the big guy would pick around them and leave about half uneaten. This one is a hit! My local stores do not stock it reliably so Chewy is a great option.

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  • My fat cat finished his diet after three years

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    Tommy started just under 21 lbs on a prescription formula August 2013. The progress was slow, and his goal weight was 13.1 lbs. I wasn't happy with the quality of his expensive, prescription food, and he'd been on Nature's Variety when he was younger and free feeding. Early this year I took him off his prescription and put him on Healthy Weight at just under 15 lbs. It's now three years since he started portion control and he's 12.87 lbs. He's a bigger boy, so he's supposed to be about 13 lbs. He gets 60 grams (by weight, not cup) over five feedings a day. I don't feel guilty about giving him treats anymore.

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  • Not the same as smaller bags

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    We had purchased the same food, but in smaller bags, from our local pet store and the cats loved it. This bag smelled funny even to my husband and myself. Also, there were so many "bursts" that you could barely see the kibble, and the cats won't come near it. We have had to find other food. It is a shame, as we were looking forward to the convenience of your automatic shipping program.

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  • Fantastic food

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    I used to buy the regular version, but I bought this one because my fat cat wasn't losing weight with strict portion control. She's lost weight now and my other 2 cats are very lean and healthy. The male wasn't fat, but he had a little excess weight and now he looks great! They love the flavor and the "raw" pieces.

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  • Never any issues with this.

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    I have been feeding this to my cat for years now and have never had any issues and he appears to maintain a healthy weight. He doesn't get a lot of treats though. If you're looking to reduce your cat's weight, be sure to consider everything you feed him/her.

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  • Great product

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    We have a cat that has done great on this brands regular food but needs less fat so we plan to mix reg with this lower fat kind.

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  • Sam approves

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    So far so good. I just switched to this food after reading about the best dry cat foods. My cat is not a picky eater. He devours this just like other foods I have fed him. This food is very high in protein and lower in fat and carbs. The jury is still out on weight management.

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  • Cats like it

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    My cats like this food, but again they did not care for the freeze dried pieces, and I put down the recommended dose, but I have noticed something with this dry food is when I see my male kitty eat this food, he keeps going back three, four and even five times and eats this food, which he never did with any other dry food, I am glad that he likes it, but I am not sure if he is doing it because he is still hungry. I thought this food was suppose to keep him full longer.

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  • Doesn't appeal to my cats 4

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    None of my cats would touch this at all, they will eat other weight management varieties The dog liked it:)

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