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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  • Brand
  • 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

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 Healthy Weight Chicken Meal Formula Dry Cat Food is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Success! 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.
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Potato free 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.
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My fat cat finished his diet after three years 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.
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Less fat content than majority of brands My cat likes it and I like it because of no corn,wheat or soy which translates to less kidney disease in felines!
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fussy kitties like it I switched to Instinct to help with the diets of my 5 kitties. I have two who need to lose weight and then two who prefer hard over wet food. Now everyone is eating the hard food. I was encouraged by a holistic vet to give this a try, cutting back on ingredients in their food and going more toward a raw diet. I have not yet had luck with anyone eating the smelly raw food, but this everyone is enjoying!
Date published: 2013-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natures variety great food Well so far so good. My cats love it. My 3 cats are indoor so not very active and noticed they were gaining weight. I think natures variety healthy weight is just what the doctor ordered. Nice fur and slimming down!! Also give them a can of natures variety wet food a few times a week! I think this product is high quality for my cats!! No throwing up either!! Highly recommend!!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! I do absolutely recommend this food, if your feline is a little on the overweight side and needs to shed a few pounds. I tried it with my very finicky cat and she loves it. Her long coat totally changed, became super silky and shiny, although I had her on a premium weight loss kibble before and she didn't look as healthy and her fur as glossy as 4 weeks into this food. I also feed the cans, which I rotate on a regular basis. My cat seems to be losing weight and is way more active. I love that this food has freeze dried bites mixed in the regular kibble.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kitties love it! I decided to try this food for two reasons - lower calories and the freeze dried raw bits. I wanted to start incorporating some raw food into their diet and this is an easy way to do so. I have 8 cats and 7 of them eat this (in addition to canned food). The first few days they cleaned the bowls. It has tapered off and they seem to be eating at their usual pace now. The freeze dried raw bits are definitely eaten first. I do wish there were more of them in the bag; each time I give them a scoop there are only 1-3 raw pieces. It is more expensive; the large bag is about 5lbs. less and $10 more than what I was buying.
Date published: 2015-09-16
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