Instinct by Nature's Variety Frozen Raw Bites Grain-Free Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Cat Food, 1.25-lb bag

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Satisfy your feline’s instinctual cravings with the power of raw nutrition and Instinct by Nature's Variety Frozen Raw Bites Grain-Free Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Cat Food. These delectable bites are protein-packed with 85% meat and organs and 15% non-GMO fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals—so you can give your kitty the nutrition her ancestors intended. Using whole-food ingredients like cage-free chicken and never any fillers like grain, corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors or preservatives, this recipe will give your cat the balanced diet she needs to take on the day. The raw nutrition in this meal can promote strong, lean muscles, and keep your kitty energized—it can also help with dental health and digestion, to keep your little one moving and shaking. Every recipe is frozen—never cooked—and protected through cold-pressure processing to keep the nutrients and taste intact. You want to give your best friend everything, so give her the goodness she needs to thrive by feeding her instincts.

Key Benefits
  • These raw, natural bites are made to give your cat the nutrition nature intended—it’s minimally processed, never cooked, pure, real nutrition to keep your best friend strong.
  • Protein-packed recipe with cage-free chicken, non-GMO vegetables, fruits and wholesome ingredients, without any grains or fillers mother nature wouldn’t feed her feline.
  • All those wholesome, raw ingredients are frozen in their prime to maintain the highest level of nutrients, and then cold-pressured—this creates a delicious raw meal that’s safe for your cat to enjoy.
  • With all that goodness inside, this meal can promote lean muscles, healthy teeth and gums, as well as your kitty’s digestion and overall energy levels.
  • Nutrient-packed bites contain vitamins and minerals essential to your pal's overall health and well being, plus it's made in the USA.

Each 1.25-pound bag contains approximately 5 cups of delicious bites.

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  • Item Number
  • Weight
    1.25 pounds
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Food Form
  • Lifestage
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Raw
Nutritional Info

Chicken (including Ground Chicken Bone), Chicken Liver, Chicken Heart, Apples, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Montmorillonite Clay, Tricalcium Phosphate, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate), DL-Methionine, Blueberries, Spinach.

Caloric Content

1,645 kcal/kg, 182 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein12.0% min
Crude Fat8.0% min
Crude Fiber2.0% max
Moisture70.0% max
Feeding Instructions

Ideal feeding amounts will vary by age, weight, and activity level so the guide below should be used as an initial recommendation.

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

Weight of CatAdult MaintenanceWeight Loss
5 lb3/41/2
10 lb13/4
15 lb1 1/41

For kittens, feed up to twice the adult maintenance amount. For pregnant and nursing females, feed up to three times the adult maintenance amount. Visit the Instinct Pet Food website for more specific feeding recommendations.

Handling Tips:

  • Keep frozen until your pet's mealtime. Bites thaw in minutes and should be cold to the touch when served.

  • Wash hands, working surfaces, utensils, bowls and any other items that come in contact with raw meat or poultry with hot, soapy water.

  • If your pet does not consume all the food presented within 30 minutes, discard any leftovers.

  • Keep package sealed to maintain freshness.

Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 to 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.

About Instinct® Raw Frozen Cat Food

Instinct Raw Frozen Cat Food
Minimally Processed

Minimally Processed

Instinct Raw ingredients are frozen at their peak and never cooked to preserve their nutritional integrity. Instinct uses ingredients closest to their natural state like real meat and non-GMO fruits and vegetables.



Made with 85% real meat, organs and bones and 15% fruits, vegetables and vitamins and minerals. Made without grain, corn, wheat, artificial colors or preservatives.

100% Raw Nutrition

100% Raw Nutrition

The purest recipes that inspire everything Instinct makes. Never cooked, 100% raw nutrition, minimally processed to preserve the integrity of every ingredient. Unlock your pet's potential to thrive with the pinnacle of pet nutrition.

The Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw Is In Everything Instinct Does

Instinct's Responsibility as The Raw Brand


It all started with Instinct's raw pet food. Since the beginning, they've led with raw because they know the good it can do. They're rewriting the rules of pet food and championing raw nutrition to bring its superior benefits to all that they do.


Delicious and nutritious pet food should only use real ingredients. For Instinct, this means all-natural, real meat, fruits and vegetables, with nothing artificial.


Feeding raw should be simple, and it should easily fit into your everyday routine. Instinct believes raw should be accessible to pet parents so every pet can experience the benefits of raw nutrition.


Instinct believes in the power of raw nutrition. It only makes sense to share it. Together with local shelters and volunteer efforts nationwide we’re on a mission to transform the lives of all pets.


Instinct has never been afraid to challenge the status quo of pet nutrition. They continuously redefine what better means—always pushing their standards of nutrition to raise the bar in pet food.

Pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece

About Instinct

Instinct believes deeply that it's up to them to find a way to make it possible for more people to feed their pets the pure, real nutrition that only comes from raw. They know that if they can get the nutrition of raw into more bowls, they'll transform the lives of more pets. And that's really why they do what they do.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    The only wet food my cats will eat all of

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    The only wet food my cats will eat all of.I tried making my own homemade cooked food with a whole chicken organs chicken feet cat safe vegetables and supplements I also tried green free high-end canned cat food. I had a coupon for this at my local pet store and tried it out they love it and seem to be healthier for eating it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Easier Than Other Raw Diets

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    We use to feed our cats raw ground whole chicken. It was very healthy and they loved it but dealing with the raw bones was an issue. It was suppose to be ground fine but we constantly found chips/shards of sharp bones in the food which required a lot of handwork to extract. We switched to Instinct Raw and our cats are just fine. They like it, its very easy and is an excellent substitute for the raw chicken. I do supplement often with plain (no bones) bits of chicken and egg yolks. They are 11 and both healthy, active and excellent coats.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Arrived rotten

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    This is a good product and our cat loves it. However our last order arrived rotten. It wasn't a shipping issue as it arrived perfectly frozen. Some of the inventory seems to be rotten. I wish they would check their stock before shipping.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    My cat wouldn't touch it

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    This is not exactly raw food as I expected. When opened, it has a strange smell, which makes me uncomfortable. My cat refuses to eat it as result.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Hit or miss

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    I would recommend it, but only just barely. I used to buy this at a local pet store and my Cats loved it, but I had to switch food since it was expensive and money was tight at the time. I recently found it on Chewy for much cheaper, but instead of a nice red/pink color like it was when I used to buy it and what it shows on the bag it's a chalky grayish color and smells different from what I remember. I have 4 Cats and one of them seems to like it and usually eats it all right away, two of them will pick at it and sometimes not even finish it all, and one of them will eat, sometimes not finish, then walk away and not come back.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Easiest Raw Food

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    I am trying to transition my cats to raw and have tried several types. Instinct is by far the easiest - small pellets that thaw quickly, so just pour desired amount from the resealable bag. My cats unfortunately prefer the equivalent of fast food cat food (although the kibble they eat is Instinct Raw Boost) but we will keep working toward raw!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Well received

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    My nursing cat was just not eating enough to support the four kittens. I gave her this and she eats it all. It is easy to use. I just take some out of the freezer and let it sit for a few minutes, then I set it down for her. No mess or cleanup!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    My cat likes this food

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    A friend recommended changing from canned to raw frozen food. A lot of canned pet foods are in BPA-lined cans. My cat likes this food, I just defrost it on very low power in the microwave and mash it up so it has a pate-like consistency.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Nervous buyer

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    My Oscar is on a raw diet for digestive issues and this food literally saved his life. I was nervous about buying a frozen product offline, but Chewy delivered without cause for concern. Item came in dry ice and styrofoam lined box.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    2 out of 3 cats love

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    Two out of three of my cats love it and the last is kinda ambivalent about it (surprising since she LOVES homemade raw). We use this along with wet food so it's more of a topper than anything else. It might get expensive if you were to try and feed it alone but to each their own. At least the small size lets you try it out on your pet before committing :)

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