Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Duck Formula Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

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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
  • 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. Duck, Duck Broth, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Potassium Chloride, Flaxseed Oil, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-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), Salt, Taurine.

Caloric Content

  1. 1,440 kcal/kg, 122 kcal/3 oz can, 224 kcal/5.5 oz can
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 10.0% min
Crude Fat 7.5% 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 6 Fatty Acids 0.65% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.15% 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.

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 30 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sick cat loves this one and can eat it. One of my three cats was recently diagnosed with intestinal cancer and it has been a struggle to find food he can digest and will eat. This food fit the bill. He loves it and it is easy on his digestive track. It's nice to know he is eating food he enjoys, and that he is comfortable for now. January 9, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Quality Food My Bengal loves this brand, I would say his favorite is the rabbit and this would be his 2nd fave. I'm going to try the lamb next since I have him on a rotation diet of rabbit/duck/chicken now. I recommend this food and I highly recommend Chewy! January 9, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent choice for IBD My sweet girl, Marcella, has been suffering from IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) for over 3 years and it is incredibly difficult to find food that she will eat and most importantly does not cause diarrhea or vomiting. When she was first diagnosed she was able to eat many different "novel" foods and my vet recommended Nature's Variety. I have been feeding her Nature's Variety off and on for over three years. She developed an intolerance for egg which is in some of the Nature's Variety products so I can no longer feed her those foods. I have tried so many different foods over the past few months it is making me crazy..... She became really sick a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't figure out what to do..... so I put her back on Nature's Variety Limited Ingredient foods and am so thankful that after 1 week she is healthy again. This particular flavor has a nice consistency.... and she loves it!! Thank you Nature's Variety for making a one protein product that my cat loves!! July 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Not available in stores One of my cats is on a limited ingredient diet--duck, rabbit or venison. I was very glad to find this duck at Chewys. It is not available in stores. He likes it better than other brands of duck. I have to check ingredients on can labels as some that may say duck will also have chicken in them. November 27, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not a single cat will eat it! I have 8 cats, not a single one of them will eat it. October 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by One of the best canned cat foods No cat food is perfect, but this one and the other LID Instinct foods are some of the best. These are definitely my cat's favorite foods by far, and if it were up to her she'd eat them every day. I really like that they have different options for proteins to give some variety to my cat's diet. This LID duck is the most calorie dense of any of the foods I've tried, so I have to be careful with portions. Even with feeding less, it's still much more expensive than other foods in my rotation. It also contains peas, which isn't as bad as other foods but it's still a filler and not necessary for a cat's diet. My cat does not have any food sensitivities, but I do like feeding LID because there are fewer fillers. This food also has no carrageenan, which is great! My cat has chronic constipation issues, and I've noticed that she does particularly well when she gets one of the Instinct foods every few days. I suspect the clay has something to do with it. I do wish I could find the pork flavor of these LID foods more easily, because while she loves all of these flavors, that one is her favorite. March 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by High Quality My 13 year old rescue Kitty had some health problems when I adopted her. She has overcome those issues and I attribute that to the Nature's Variety canned food I feed her. She loves this kitty food! October 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by the ingredients in this food are top quality I like the limited ingredient Foods because it seems to be easier on my cat's stomach and they also really enjoy the taste. I think all 3 of my cats would vote this food a winner August 22, 2016
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