Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food

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A better way to feed kibble, Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food is high animal protein, boosted nutrition featuring bites of freeze-dried raw meat throughout. Created to unlock your cat’s potential to thrive and put the benefits of raw nutrition into every bowl, it’s made with cage-free chicken as the first ingredient for strong, lean muscles. There’s also probiotics for digestive health, higher levels of omegas* for healthy skin and coat, plus more antioxidants* for immune health—and it all comes from the finest ingredients from around the world.

Key Benefits

  • Boosted nutrition with high-protein kibble + freeze-dried raw.
  • Cage-free chicken is the first ingredient so it’s packed with animal protein for strong, lean muscles.
  • Includes a probiotic boost for digestive health, higher levels of omegas* for healthy skin and coat, and more antioxidants* for immune health.
  • Never contains any grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.
*Compared to Instinct Original

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  • Weight
    10.0 pounds
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    All Stages, Adult
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Freeze Dried Chicken, Natural Flavor, Dried Tomato Pomace, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Salt, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), DL-Methionine, Taurine, Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil, Blueberries, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract

Caloric Content

4,184 kcal/kg, 480 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 43.0% min
Crude Fat 20.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.5% max
Moisture 9.0% max
Zinc 120 mg/kg min
Selenium 0.6 mg/kg min
Vitamin A 18,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin E 120 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 100 mg/kg min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.5% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.5% min
Bacillus Coagulants 60,000,000 CFU/lb min

Feeding Instructions

Ideal feeding amounts will vary by age, weight, and activity level so the guide below should be used as an initial recommendation. Divide the cups per day by the number of feedings per day. Be sure to always provide clean, fresh water. Along with dry food, we recommend feeding raw or wet food to help increase the amount of water in your pet’s diet.

Daily Feeding Guidelines (standard 8 oz dry measure cup):

Weight Adult Daily Feeding (Cups) Weight Loss Daily Feeding (Cups)
5 lbs 3/8 1/4
10 lbs 1/2 3/8
15 lbs 3/4 1/2

Kittens: Feed up to twice the adult maintenance amount.

Pregnant/Nursing Females: Feed up to three times the adult maintenance amount shown above.

Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 - 7 days, mixing increasing amounts of Instinct with the current food each day.

Visit the Instinct Pet Food website for more specific feeding recommendations and information on how to easily combine different forms of food.

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Instinct Raw Boost is grain-free, high-protein kibble and freeze-dried raw pieces all in one bag. Real meats, whole fruits and vegetables, coconut oil and turmeric are just some of the ingredients Instinct uses to provide naturally derived nutrients and enzymes that contribute to overall wellness, immune and digestive health, lean muscles and healthy skin and coat.

Give Them More Real, Raw Nutrition
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.



Naturally freeze-dried to lock in nutrients and taste without the use of chemicals or additives.



Provides beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.



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



Source of important vitamins, minerals and carotenoids to help support the immune system.

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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  • Chewy Customer Service is the best!

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    My cats honestly didn't care for this flavor.. I have gotten other flavors in the past and they were fine. Ingredients are amazing. But my reason for this review is the exceptional customer service that chewy provides. I opened the bag a little over a week ago and my cats have barely touched it.. still have 1/2 a bowl sitting there. I didn't expect a yes, but i asked a customer service rep from Chewy if they would accept it since it's already been opened, and they said "sure no problem. we'll refund your money right away. just donate the bag of food to a local shelter" -- Freakin spectacular!

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  • Great for ferrets

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    I bought this food after searching for a dry kibble for my ferrets. Ferrets have a very digestive sensitive system and cannot digest fiber; and need kibble that is high in protein and fat. After spending a couple hours comparing protein and fiber percentage, I decided to go with this one. My ferrets just love it. Currently my cats eat friskies but I think I am going to just buy this for the cats as well. Can't recommend for cats yet, but ferrets give it two paws up!

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  • Deliciousness

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    My two fur balls absolutely LOVE this dry food. I used to feed them Friskies and Nine Lives, but wanted to get them something healthier. I came across Nature's Variety Instict Raw Boost and wasn't disappointed and neither were my kitties. At first sniff, they inhaled the food and wanted more. They especially liked the raw chicken nuggets mixed in. I love the fact that it's grain-free, natural, chicken being number one ingredient and has nutrients and vitamins. I'm so glad i came across this brand, i won't be feeding anything but this. Would love to try other flavors, and I'm sure my fur babies would love those as well

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  • best food ever

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    I finally found a food I can trust with no garbage in it to feed my furbabies!. If I wouldn't eat it, why should I feed it to my cats? The pet food industry is trying to save hundreds of dollars by adding fillers and by-products to pet food at the consumers and their pets' expense, making them sick. I truly believe in giving my babies the best food to prolong their lives and keep them healthy and happy, and this food is it.

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  • Keeping the Manx healthy

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    My manx has stomach issues and this is the one food that has kept her regular. She lives in a multi cat household so the food has been liked by everyone, which isn't always the case. ^..^ I was worried when we couldn't get it with autoship. I am hoping it is just because the company is changing labeling and not an issue where we won't be able to get it each month.

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  • The cats LOVED it!

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    My cats acted like they never had food in their lives. They were practically attacking the bag.

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  • Kitties love it!

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    My kitties started eating the raw bits first and then the kibble. They love it now and I think that it's a great product!

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  • I've fed Nature's Variety for years

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    The girls love this. So much that I can't get my older cat off of it and on to anything wet when the vet said we need to treat her for struvite crystals. So I put up another water fountain on the other side of the house. My other girl always eats the raw boost pieces first. My boys were on Healthy Weight formula but since have been moved to raw, which Nature's Variety makes and they loved that too. I just make it homemade now because of finances, and it takes two hours. So Nature's Variety has been very good to my four cats.

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  • My cats love this kind

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    Wanted to feed my cats a higher protein diet. I mix this in with their regular food. Works well for them. I noticed other brands made them sick but not this one.

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  • Instinct Raw Boost is the Cat's Meow!

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    This food is just purrfect... both of my cats love this food. When they are happy, I am happy! My local store no longer carries this particular brand, so "we" are happy to have found Chewy.Com.

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