Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Chicken Meal Formula Dry Cat Food

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Instinct Raw Boost combines high-protein kibble and freeze-dried raw pieces together in the same bag – the perfect marriage of convenience and nutrition to give your pet energy, vitality and vibrant health. This dry food delivers a grain-free, gluten-free nutrition similar to what your cat would eat in nature, with a diet rich in protein and nutrients to help maintain an ideal weight and lean muscles. Additionally, the freeze-dried raw pieces provide enzymes for digestive health, nutritious oils for healthy skin and coat, and a great taste your cat will crave. Formulated to mirror your cat’s ancestral diet, it’s never been easier to nourish your pet with the pure and wholesome nutrition of raw.

Key Benefits

  • High-protein kibble with raw freeze-dried pieces that provide a nutrient rich diet
  • A grain and gluten-free formula that does not contain any corn, wheat, soy or fillers
  • Healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat
  • Formulated to mirror your cat’s natural ancestral diet
  • 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
    High-Protein, Grain-Free

Nutritional Info


  1. Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Chicken, Menhaden Fish Meal, Tomato Pomace, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Freeze Dried Turkey, Natural Flavor, Freeze Dried Chicken (Including Freeze Dried Ground Chicken Bone), Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Potassium Chloride, Montmorillonite Clay, Choline Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Taurine, Butternut Squash, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries.

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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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Chicken Meal Formula Dry Cat Food is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 51.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've fed Nature's Variety for years 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.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from My cats are not liking this dry food with freeze-dried chicken They seemed to like it when I first started serving it, but currently, they prefer their old dry food. Also, upon scanning the nutritional analysis, I find there's a whopping 19.5% fat! Won't be using this anymore. I'm pretty sure Chewy would probably make some sort of allowance for it, but I also feed an outdoor kitty who still seems to enjoy it. Thank you, Chewy, for your service and product representation!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My cats love it I try to fed only raw but when I have to be away this is the only food I will feed my cats , it causes no upset stomach and no up turned noses like with many other brands of kibble
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nature's Variety Instinct cat food We have a cat that has very sensitive stomach and weigh this food he has done great! I do have to feed him measured amount 2 times a day but he has thrived on this food.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cats love this Our cat is overweight but slowly shedding it on Instinct. She loves these freeze dried mix ins.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to make feeding your pet easy!! A Great way to make feeding your pet easy!!.. Chewy is a great service. Thanks.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good, pricey though. I am back to feeding this expensive kibble to my cats because 1) they'll eat it --eventually, after they get used to it and 2) because it's top-of-the-line. The raw boost treats that are incorporated into the kibble remind me of Lucky Charms cereal. The cats pick them out first and then sniff at the boring ceareal part. What is a bummer is they reduced the number of "marshmallows" significantly. Anyway, this kibble is helping my cats slowly overcome their skin itchies. I thought they had fleas but it turns out their other kibble is giving them dry, flakey, itchy skin. That's what happens when you have sensitive kitties eatin' cheap stuff.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST dried kitty food on the market! I have fed my 4 Siamese and 1 Havana Brown quality (grain-free, byproduct free, "Animal" anything-free) dried food, as well as wet foods for several years since I brought them to the US in 2009. I STILL had issues with the Havana pulling his fur out.. he was always "dandruffy", and two of the Siamese who would over-groom a front leg until it was sore, scabby and bald. Also a Meezer with an auto-immune chronic eye condition necessitating regular cleaning and treatment with eyebright drops. No more! The first time I opened the first bag, they went nuts! After a week of feeding them via the Aikiou cat feeder (stops bolting then vomiting in my cats), our "Fat Boy" had gained a waist, Jake, our skin-and-bone boy was putting on weight, Harvey the Havana stopped plucking, the bald legs started growing fur, and we saw a visble reduction in Bodie's eye inflammation. So much so that the mask had started to darken again.. amazing! Harvey's short brown coat has always felt "greasy", but since we started with the Raw Instinct, it feels as smooth as silk and no more dandruff! By the way, the cost, per kitty, per week, is around $3.00. You can "do" cheaper than that of course, but for me, seeing my cats looking so beautiful and healthy, is worth every cent!
Date published: 2013-09-14
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