Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Duck & Turkey 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. Duck, Turkey Meal, Duck Meal, Chicken Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Montmorillonite Clay, Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Duck (Including Freeze Dried Ground Duck Bone), Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Apples, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, 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.

Caloric Content

  1. 3,733 kcal/kg, 433 kcal/cup
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 40.0% min
Crude Fat 17.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 8.0% max
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 85 mg/kg min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.0% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.25% min

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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 Duck & Turkey Meal Formula Dry Cat Food is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Our cats wouldn't touch the stuff with a ten foot cat toy wand 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.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Healthy cat food that my cats love 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!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love this product! I buy it for my ferrets and I'm one picky ferrant 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!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helped get my cat back to being healthy I purchased this food after my little lady became deathly ill earlier this summer. She had lost 3 pounds after refusing to eat her previous diet, which in the past she had quite enjoyed. So I took her to the vet and after quite a few diagnostics it was determined that she likely had a severe infection or cancer. I chose to attempt to treat her for the infection before moving forward which further diagnostics to determine if in fact she did have cancer. She was turning her nose up at everything we offered at the vet, once she got some SQ Fluids on board we were able to get her to eat Purina ProPlan Kitten food. She ate that for a few days and then I transitioned her to eating Nature's Variety and she has been chowing well since. She gained her weight back and looks healthy as ever in only a month's time. Her vet was very happy with how quickly she recovered and how well Nature's Variety helped her gain the weight back.
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Serval liked it but he picked out the freeze dried raw meat. 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.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr. wants her to eat turkey but she'd rather starve... 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.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Cat Loves This Food, But Not Enough Freeze Dried Bits Like Before 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.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I love this brand and this raw mix is great my cat loves it all even though she's not picky haha
Date published: 2017-02-16
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