Instinct by Nature's Variety Original Kitten Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food, 4.5-lb bag

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Satisfy your kitty’s need for real food with Instinct by Nature's Variety Original Kitten Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food. Guided by the belief in raw nutrition, this recipe unlocks your cat’s ability to thrive. It’s thoughtfully balanced with wholesome foods, like real protein and fruit, 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—and it’s all tailored for the unique needs of kittens, made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.

Key Benefits
  • Cage-free chicken is the first ingredient for high animal protein to support the energy needed for growth and play.
  • Includes 81% real animal ingredients and nutritious oils plus 19% vegetables, fruits and other wholesome ingredients.
  • Tailored nutrition for kittens includes a balanced mix of poultry, fish and meat for healthy exposure to proteins plus natural DHA for brain and eye development.
  • 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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  • Weight
    4.5 pounds
  • Brand

    Nature's Variety

  • Food Form

    Dry Food

  • Lifestage


  • Made in

    United States

  • Special Diet

    No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Grain-Free

Nutritional Info

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

Caloric Content

4,700 kcal/kg, 552 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 43.5% min
Crude Fat 20.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 9.0% max
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA 0.2% min
Vitamin E 200 IU/kg min
Taurine 0.4% min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 100 mg/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.6% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 3.2% min
Bacillus Coagulants 60,000,000 CFU/lb min
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 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):

Age 1 - 3 lb 4 - 6 lb 7 - 10 lb
6 - 19 Weeks 1/4 - 1 1/2 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 4 1/2 - 5 1/4
5 - 9 Months 1/4 - 1 1/4 1 1/4 - 2 1/4 2 1/4 - 3 3 - 3 3/4 3 3/4 - 4 1/4
9 - 12 Months 1/4 - 1 1 - 1 3/4 1 3/4 - 2 1/2 2 1/2 - 3 3 - 3 1/2
Over 12 Months Transition to Instinct Kibble for Cats
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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  • Excellent kitten food!

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    I've fed this to my two sister kittens since they came home at 8 weeks and they love it. They gobble it up and they're choosing this over canned food - well-researched, microwaved, grain-free chunks of premium meat canned food, no less! Their coats are amazing and they're happy, playful, and affectionate. It's been perfect for us.

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  • Love This Food!

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    I switched my kitten to this because he was gassy on his other dry food. Less gassy, and eats this food up! First time trying instinct and I love it and so does my kitten!

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  • Excellent food !

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    I had my kitten on this since we brought him home almost a year ago .The transition to this food was a breeze .His coat is so shiny .Everytime I bring him to the vet ,they ask what I am feeding him as his coat is so shiny and he looks so healthy They are always amazed by him .He seems to like it too ! I would highly recommend this food !!!

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  • Awesome for my 9 week old kitten

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    I just got my kitten a week ago. I had gotten him purina kitten chow now knowing they needed a grain free diet. Did my research for the best grain free food for Hours googled tons and tons of reviews for any brand you can think of! I wanted to give him the best and also to taste good! I was torn between a few brands but ended up picking Instinct! It arrived yesterday and let me tell you my kitty gobbled it! He's recovering from a cold also so for him to enjoy this and eat it entirely right off the bat is amazing! The food does smell a bit strong but Its ok since I know I'm giving my kitten the best!

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  • Great food

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    My two kittes and two other cats have thrived on instinct! They where on science diet and now they have so much energy! And there coats are so much better and you can tell they are so much happier and playful! I am a hairstylist and I tell all my clients with pets to get instinct!

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  • Great kitten food

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    I started my kitten on this because he was very skinny when I found him. Not only has he gained weight, but his coat is very soft and he's in great health

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  • AMAZING!!!

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    I have nothing but good things to say about this product. The ingredients are fantastic and next to a straight raw diet I think it's great. My kittens love it and we been on it since I brought them home. I've even added some of the freeze dried minis and the kittens love them!

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  • Great quality food

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    I decided to try this kibble because my cats don't care for raw, but I wanted a really good quality food for my young cats. This has been loved by all and without digestive issues. Thanks, Instinct!

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  • Kittens love this

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    I have tried many grain free dry foods for my two adopted kittens. This is by far their favorite! While it is pricey, it is worth it. Kittens coats are AMAZING and they are happy, active and bright.

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  • My kitten loves it

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    My kitten is head over heels for this food. Her poo has stopped being so smelly after switching from a very poor quality kitten chow. The ingredients of this product is what makes Natures Variety Instict so great!

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