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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Keep It Simple

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.

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  • Excellent choice for cats with food allergies.

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    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!!

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  • great for my cat with a problem

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    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 .

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  • Gets an 8 out of 10

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    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.

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  • Great if your cats like lamb

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    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.

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  • My cat love this food and it is hard to find locally

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    My pancreatitis cat loves this food! She never really cared for other Instinct foods, but she definitely likes this one. It's also very hard to find locally. I'm glad Chewy has it so that we can keep her novel protein diet consistent.

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  • Great for sensitive tummies

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    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!

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  • Cats eat it.

    By on Top 250 Contributor

    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.

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  • Kitty loves it

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    I recently learned that Carageenan if a binder put in wet foods and it causes IBD and cancer in pets and humans. So I only buy pet foods that do not have that ingredient. The Instinct limited ingredient does not have Carageenan as well as several others.

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  • Both cats hated it

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    This food is very dry and hard with an unpleasant smell. My kitties, including one who will eat almost ANYTHING!, wouldn't touch it.

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  • This helps my cat with digestive problems.

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    My cat Henry, age 5, has had diarrhea since I got him two years ago; it is at its worst when he eats poultry. Venison helped him but he tired of it. Now he is very happy with this product, to which his veterinarian directed me to mix in 1/4 tsp. psyllium each meal.

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