Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb Formula Grain-Free Canned Cat Food, 5.5-oz, case of 12

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Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet delivers optimal nutrition through the fewest, most essential ingredients. Each formula is made with pure, simple ingredients that have been carefully chosen for their nutritional value and high digestibility. Made with only one animal protein source, Instinct Limited Ingredient Diets are free of common pet food ingredients like grain, gluten, potato, dairy, eggs, chicken, beef and fish. Now your cat can enjoy a great tasting, nutritious diet that is easy on her digestive system and nourishing to her whole health.

Key Benefits

  • Made with one animal protein source and no grain or gluten
  • Contains the fewest, most essential and easily digestible ingredients
  • No potatoes, dairy, eggs, chicken, beef or fish
  • Includes healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat
  • A delicious loaf that is complete and balanced for all life stages, including kitten, adult and senior

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  • Food Texture
  • Brand
  • Food Form
    Wet Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Sensitive Digestion, Limited Ingredient Diet, Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


  1. Lamb, Lamb Broth, Lamb Liver, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Sunflower Oil, Potassium Chloride, Flaxseed Oil, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Magnesium Oxide, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Salt, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Lascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, 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.

Caloric Content

  1. 1,490 kcal/kg, 126 kcal/3 oz can, 232 kcal/5.5 oz can
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 10.5% min
Crude Fat 8.0% min
Crude Fiber 2.0% max
Moisture 75.0% max
Calcium 0.25% min
Phosphorus 0.2% min
Vitamin E 25 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 30 mg/kg min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.15% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 0.65% min

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diets are made with one animal protein and just a few other essential and easily digestible ingredients. They contain a unique green tea extract coating for a great taste and aroma your cat will love. Formulated for cats with food sensitivities, they are free of common ingredients like grain, gluten, potato, dairy, eggs, chicken, beef and fish.

Keep It Simple
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.



Supplies fatty acids that nourish the skin. It is also highly digestible and easily utilized for energy.



Made from green tea leaves that have been carefully harvested and ground. It provides great taste and aroma.



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

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 Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb Formula Grain-Free Canned Cat Food is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 39.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Quality but be careful of Peas if there are allergies I have a kitty who has a food allergy so I've been trying a variety of proteins. We cleared the itching with another brand (I and Love and You Rabbit) so I was searching for the next protein and according to Jean Hofve's book "What Cats Should Eat" its better to find a few different brands if you can. After about 12 days on the Nature's Variety Brand (even though it was on an approved list of quality foods) - the scratching started again. We tried the Venison as well and the same thing occurred. After speaking with a Chewy Rep, they thought it might be the PEAS in this food, and that was indeed the COMMON ingredient in their regular foods and limited ingredient foods (no matter the protein). The Chewy rep said that the "I and love and You" Brand is one of few that does NOT include peas - so this would explain a lot. Thank you Chewy.com for your quality food, great pricing and wonderful service!
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent choice for cats with food allergies. This is one of the few limited ingredient food options my cat likes. I just noticed that the manufacturer added turkey to the regular version of the lamb flavor, so that is no longer an option for me (allergic to poultry). I wish they would bring back the 3 oz. option for this flavor, but will continue to buy the 5.5 oz. option. I hope it's never discontinued!!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for my cat with a problem my cat was having trouble with using the cat box at 12 years old, I switched food to this grain free and changed her little to a stoppable old style type .
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great if your cats like lamb Excellent food. The quality of this brand is tops. However, not all cats like lamb. I have one who does, one who tolerates it, and one who won't touch it.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cats eat it. I like the ingredients and feed this to my cats on a rotation diet so they get different protein sources, but they do enjoy the duck version much more because it has loads of gravy. My cats are gravy maniacs! Lol. I wish the lamb had more gravy. Also, the small cans have more gravy than the large ones.
Date published: 2016-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for sensitive tummies This is the only limited ingredient food my cat likes and doesn't make him vomit or constipated. One of few cat foods on the market that offer a healthy choice for cats. Hope it's never discontinued!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gets an 8 out of 10 I tried this food in order to find something new for my Picky Miss CKD cat, who keeps refusing formerly favorite foods. This one is good. She had previously rejected this brand but this Limited ingredient formulation seems to suit her better and make her very happy. She will eat 1/4 of a can in one sitting, but I was hoping for more enthusiasm since she usually likes lamb. My other cat also loves it, so when Picky Miss refuses it - he'll take over.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Part of my cat's regular rotating menu I'm so grateful for nature's variety limited ingredient canned cat food. Rabbit, duck and lamb are part of the novel protein diet that has really played a leading part in eliminating my cat's IBD issues. There are no more scooting episodes, no throwing up, no funky issues with waste...Just quality product with nothing else that it doesn't need. Even carageenan isn't present, which I can't say about the other brand of products from Natural Balance that I just shelved. I wish I hadn't seen it on their label, but I did. I also serve my cats the dry rabbit formula limited ingredient diet. They love it! So now the only thing I'm hoping Nature's Variety will consider are a couple of other limited ingredient flavors: venison, pork, buffalo, pheasant...and add a duck dry limited ingredient too, and I will be fully brand loyal. We just need something else that we can add so there will be more choices for me to keep him from becoming bored on his diet. Otherwise, keep doing what you're doing. And don't eliminate any other flavors. It has been a wonderful thing to see my senior cats finally in a good, stable place with their food. : )
Date published: 2016-03-04
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