Instinct by Nature's Variety Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Rabbit Dry Cat Food

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Satisfy your pet’s need for real food with Instinct by Nature's Variety Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Rabbit Dry Cat Food. Guided by Instinct’s belief in raw nutrition, this recipe unlocks your cat’s ability to thrive. It’s thoughtfully balanced with wholesome foods, like real rabbit and vegetables, plus guaranteed levels of probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants. The result is a tasty, high animal protein diet that promotes maximum digestibility, a healthy coat and skin, and immune health.

Key Benefits
  • Farm-raised rabbit is the first ingredient for high animal protein to support strong, lean muscles.
  • Features 80% real animal ingredients and nutritious oils, plus 20% fruits, vegetables and other wholesome ingredients.
  • Never contains any grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants to support digestive health, healthy skin and coat, and immune health.
  • It’s the only kibble with the pure, real nutrition of raw in every piece, and made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.

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  • Item Number
  • Brand

    Nature's Variety

  • Food Form

    Dry Food

  • Lifestage

    Adult, All Stages

  • Made in

    United States

  • Special Diet

    Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info

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

Caloric Content

4,160 kcal/kg, 489 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 40.0% min
Crude Fat 23.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.5% max
Moisture 9.0% max
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 85 mg/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.75% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 3.1% min
Bacillus Coagulants 60,000,000 CFU/lb min
Feeding Instructions
Weight Adult Maintenance Daily Feeding (cup) Weight Loss Daily Feeding (cup)
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 shown above.

Pregnant or Nursing Females: Feed up to 3 times the Adult maintenance amount shown above.

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

Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 - 7 days, mixing increasing amounts of Instinct with the current food each day.

About Instinct Original Cat Food

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food


You'll find at least 70% real animal ingredients and nutritious oils, plus 30% vegetables, fruits and other wholesome ingredients. Made without grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meals or artificial colors or preservatives.



High animal protein, grain-free recipes guided by our belief in raw, each recipe starts with real meats like cage-free chicken, wild-caught salmon or farm-raised rabbit.

Pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece

Pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece

They put the pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece of Instinct Original by tumbling their kibble with crushed, freeze-dried raw — raising the bar in nutrition and taste.

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 Best Friends Animal Society, they're furthering the no-kill movement and their shared mission of transforming and saving the lives of 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


All pets deserve food that's real, nutrient-rich, grain-free and natural. That's why Instinct provides over one million meals annually to the dogs and cats at Best Friends Animal Society adoption centers nationwide. Because what we feed them can make all the difference. Here "we" refers to the pet parent, not Instinct.

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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  • Cat gobbles it up!

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    My cat gets both wet and dry food. They dry food is left out for all day grazing and the wet food he gets at 5:00 pm every day. I ordered Instinct Real Rabbit dry food on a whim because he loves their wet food. The first time I opened the dry food, I had to struggle to get it in his bowl because he was climbing in the bag to eat it. He has never reacted this way over dry food before. It is worth its price in gold.

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  • Move over Chicken, Rabbit's the new flavor in town!

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    Our kitty loves this food! She used to have chicken flavor for all her food and treats before coming to us. We stumbled upon Instinct's Rabbit Cat Food and she bolts for the bowl. She loves it and we love the healthy bonuses of this brand so we both are satisfied. (Another bonus: Ziplock-type closure on the bag!) Thanks Instinct and Chewy!

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  • One cat loves it.

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    Out of 7 cats, 2 will eat this. One was just diagnosed with a very bad case of IBD. Vet wants him to eat grain free and preferably a new protein. He is the main reason I tried the food and got lucky that he loves it. Very pleased that it's good for him and he likes it!

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  • Excellent Food

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    My beloved Lady cat is a very, very picky (wise) eater. She loves Instinct Rabbit. She is very regular, you know what I mean, she sleeps well and we are thrilled seeing her eating the food!

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  • My cat is loving it so far !

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    I have switched her over to this brand because she wasn't keeping food down. She would get sick on this brand's chicken flavor so I switched to the rabbit. So far she is loving the taste and keeping it down !

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  • My cat seems to enjoy rabbit flavor over chicken

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    I love that this is good for my kitty. I kept her on this as this is what she was being fed in the rescue shelter. She definitely prefers wet food but will munch on this throughout the day and I've noticed she eats more of the rabbit than chicken. I also enjoy the zip lock bag. I fill a plastic container for easy access throughout the week and replenish from the large bag when I've used it up.

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  • My Five Cats Plus Ferals Hate This Food

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    I tried to switch my cats to a healthy diet, but this was such a huge fail. None of my five cats would eat it unless they were starving and have nothing left to eat. So after two weeks of mixing it with their old food and having them reject it every time, I gave it to my feral cats. I also mixed it with their old food. They ate their old food and left behind all the new food. I kept doing that for a month and they still left all this "healthy" food. It's so disappointing. Usually my five cats plus ferals would already finish this tiny bag. But not with this food. Will not buy again.

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  • Glad I found this

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    I dislike science diets very much so when my vet wanted my cat on Royal Canin selected protein rabbit I tried instinct natures variety rabbit with raw pieces and she wouldnt eat it. I ordered this and she eats it every day! So glad I finally found something thats not science diet that she will eat so I can start her towards the path of a real cats diet like my other kitties! Thank you chewy for all your options.

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  • Picky felines loved

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    Our cats are super picky but I was done having them on the kibble I got from the rescue swapped to this and they adore it.

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  • rescue cat loves

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    I rescued a Norwegian Forest Cat from our local shelter. She came with a partial bag of Instinct cat food and I had a partial bag of my kitties food. I tried to mix them and she picked out the Instinct kibbles. She is overweight so we are really struggling with her amount of food day to day, but she loves the food.

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