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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  • Weight
    5.1 pounds
  • 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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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

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Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw in Every Recipe

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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

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 41 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by 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. December 31, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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. September 10, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by 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. November 30, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cats love the Raw Niblets, next best thing to the raw bites I tried out this product as a two-handed way to see how my cats would like the freeze-dried raw, and if they didn't, I could separate them out and feed them the kibble. They enjoyed the raw formula but this is much more convenient and even cheaper to give them a different texture and flavor with their normal diet. When I got the product, I tossed out some of the rawboost to them and initially some of my cats (the ones who also don't go nuts over the raw formula) just saw it as a great smelling odd ball to smack around. My boy who loves the raw eats every rawboost that is put out. He is more eager to go to his bowl and eat all the bites - probably before his brother and mother can. It can be on the pricey side for some, but the Rawboost is cheaper than buying the kibble and the freeze-dried raw bags separately just to test out a new form and nutritious alternative to raw. I will definitely be trying out the other flavors. August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great food! All my cats love this food. They no longer throw us and it appears to be easier for them to digest. October 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Both my cats love it. I feed this food as a supplement to wet food. My cats beg for it. They especially love the raw boost. Such a great idea to have the mix of dry and freeze dried. July 28, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Healthy and tasty My cats love it and it's healthy! I've been looking for food that meets many requirements and this fits the bill. July 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My cat LOVES this food! I try to change up my cats diet here and there but this is his absolute favorite food. He likes all the flavors but duck seems to be his favorite. Excellent food as well. June 21, 2016
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