Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe with Real Duck Dry Cat Food, 4.5-lb bag

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A better way to feed kibble, Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe with Real Duck Dry Cat Food by Nature’s Variety 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 duck 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 duck 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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  • Item Number
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    All Stages, Adult
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free

Nutritional Info


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

Caloric Content

4,456 kcal/kg, 511 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 41.0% min
Crude Fat 22.0% min
Crude Fiber 4.0% 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* 0.45% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* 3.8% min
Bacillus coagulans* 60,000,000 CFU/lb min

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile

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.

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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.

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  • Not the same

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    I have been buying this for my ferrets. I knew they changed formulas to add peas. I checked online and the ingredients did not list peas so I purchased it. When I got it, it was the newer package and had peas in it so I couldn't use it. Gave it to my cats so it didn't go to waste. Website ingredients need to be updated!!

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  • Absolutely love this product! I buy it for my ferrets and I'm one picky ferrant

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    I spent hours of reading to find the very best for my ferrets! After compiling all the nutritional info I found that this product was the best! Love the raw boost bites, although when I bought my first bag was surprised to see how many raw freeze dried bites where in there and disappointed in the next three! I'm hoping this was a fluke and I just got a few bags with not a ton of luck!

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  • Dr. wants her to eat turkey but she'd rather starve...

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    This is very good food but my Mia detests turkey meat and would rather starve and bite me to give back her red meat. Dr wanted her to eat the limited ingredient turkey in cans but she refused so I thought I would try this with the duck and have better results. Mia will only eat the raw pieces (marshmallows out of the lucky charms) from the kibble and then persistently try to coax me into giving her back a red meat diet. Very good food if your kitty eats turkey meat though. Most recently I tried the rabbit and that she'll eat it's just not what the Dr has ordered.

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  • Healthy cat food that my cats love

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    My vet recommended the Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost food for my 3 cats because it's so healthy and good for the cats. My cats are 6 mos, 10 years and 18 years and this food is excellent for all of them. In fact it's the only dry catfood my vet recommends and sells. I bought a small bag from the vet to test it out and my cats gobbled it up. I now have the large bag on auto-ship through Chewy . Excellent product!

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  • My Serval liked it but he picked out the freeze dried raw meat.

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    I purchased this food because Serval's do best on a raw food diet. It's decent food, but my cat picked out the freeze dried raw meat particles that are mixed in with the other kibble. I thought this was mostly a raw meat product and didn't realize that it's just little freeze dried raw meat kibble here and there mixed in with the bulk of the food. I may buy it again, but my cat seems to prefer the little "treats" in there instead of eating the entire portion. He'll eat it but isn't thrilled with it. I'll have to read the ingredients again before I make a decision to re-purchase this cat food.

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  • Our cats wouldn't touch the stuff with a ten foot cat toy wand

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    We really really wanted to like this cat food but our cats refuse to eat it. They would rather go hungry than eat this food. Also, the freeze dried bits are way too large for our cats to eat. We broke them into tiny pieces but, again, our cats refused to eat it. I have to say, this food doesn't look or smell particularly yummy compared to the other premium, small batch cat food we were feeding them. Cats will be cats but I do wish there was a less expensive "test" size bag.

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  • Everyone loves it!

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    Ferrets, cats' and even the dog loves it! First night I gave this to my cats I found their food bowl empty the following morning.

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  • Good food so far

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    Got for my ferret, heard very good things about it before purchasing

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  • My Cat Loves This Food, But Not Enough Freeze Dried Bits Like Before

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    My cat prefers this food above all the others he has tried. He is a cat and therefore fairly picky, but he loves this food! The only thing that is a disappointment is that in the most recent bag there were only about 5 freeze dried bits, which is his favorite part of this food and he ate those pieces immediately. I was really bummed that the food has seriously cut back on the freeze dried bits and wish they would bring that quality and quantity back. Otherwise, I highly recommend this food.

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  • Great product

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    I love this brand and this raw mix is great my cat loves it all even though she's not picky haha

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