Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Indoor Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food, 5-lb bag

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Serve tailored nutrition with Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Indoor Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food. A better way to feed kibble, this high animal protein, boosted nutrition features bites of freeze-dried raw meat throughout. Created to unlock your indoor cat’s potential to thrive, and put the benefits of raw nutrition into every bowl, it’s made with cage-free chicken as the first ingredient for strong, lean muscles. There’s fewer calories to support the less active lifestyle of an indoor cat, and the highly digestible protein plus probiotics offers stool odor control.

Key Benefits
  • Boosted nutrition for indoor cats with high-protein kibble + freeze-dried raw.
  • Cage-free chicken is the first ingredient so it’s packed with animal protein for strong, lean muscles.
  • Highly digestible protein plus probiotics helps control stool odor—fewer calories support a less active, indoor lifestyle.
  • Never contains any grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, artificial colors or preservatives.
  • 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, Freeze-Dried

  • Lifestage

    All Stages, Adult

  • Made in

    United States

  • Special Diet

    High-Protein, Indoor, Grain-Free

Nutritional Info

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

Caloric Content

3,861 kcal/kg, 429 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 37.5% min
Crude Fat 13.0% min
Crude Fiber 5.0% max
Moisture 9.0% max
Zinc 120 mg/kg min
Vitamin E 400 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 150 mg/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.5% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.5% 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):

Weight Adult Maintenance Daily Feeding (cup) Weight Loss Daily Feeding (cup)
5 lbs 3/8 1/4
10 lbs 5/8 1/2
15 lbs 7/8 5/8

Kittens: Feed up to twice the Adult maintenance amount shown above.

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

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 Raw Boost Cat Food

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food


Instinct Raw Boost is a better way to feed—combining grain-free, high-protein kibble plus freeze-dried raw in one bag. Each recipe starts with real meat like cage-free chicken or farm-raised rabbit.



These protein-packed recipes offer a natural probiotic boost, higher omegas* and more antioxidants* (*than Instinct Original) for digestive health, skin and coat, and a healthy immune system.

Pure, real nutrition of raw in every bowl

Pure, real nutrition of
raw in every bowl

Minimally processed, all-natural, protein-packed bites of real meat and non-GMO fruits and vegetables.

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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  • My Thai Korat loves this

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    This is what I've been seeking for some time; a balanced combo of quality raw and quality grain free, at a reasonable price. My 3yr old furbaby gets overexcited waiting to devour this at feeding time. He already drinks a healthy amount of water and we alternate between this and re-hydrated raw turkey, so his H2O intake is excellent. He couldn't be healthier or happier, and his coat and personality show it. As long as they don't mess with the formula or the quality on this item, I'm sticking with it for the long haul.

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  • Both cats love it.

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    I have two cats, one is real finicky with a sensitive stomach. After a week so far so good they both eat it and are keeping it down. No upset stomach or diarrhea.

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  • Helped my Little Levi

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    My cat had been having some trouble with his stomach and I decided to switch his food to see if it helped. I changed it to Instinct because it has no grain and Levi is doing so much better! Highly reccomened this to pet parents.

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  • Bogart approved

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    My 18lb. house panther finds this dry food very yummy. We switched to this food because he was vomiting other brands more frequently. He transitioned to Instinct quickly and it is a healthier food for him. Additionally, he vacuums out the bits and begs for more.

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  • Great Food

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    My 6 cats all like their new food. I was surprised at the first feeding that all 6 took to the new food right away. One of my boys is a picky eater and he likes it.

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  • Wally cat loves it!

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    My old cat Wally loves the raw boost on his food or a quick snack!

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  • Excellent product

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    My cat loves this stuff! With the hard and soft pieces, he's like a kid picking out the soft ones first. But he always cleans his bowl quickly!

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  • Not for toothless seniors -2 out of 4 give it 5 stars

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    My two youngin's love it...2 seniors? not so much. Kibbles are big so be aware. I have started to look for smaller kibbles to satisfy all!

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  • Great food!

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    The cats love this new food, especially the freeze dried chicken bits.

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  • My Cats Love This

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    I had been having issues with some of my kitties not being able to tolerate the dry food I had been feeding them for several years. One kitty had gotten to the point of vomiting everyday. After much research, and having our vet check them all out, I decided to try this food. It is much lower in Carbs (which is Not Good for cats) and higher in meat protein. I also purchased the Ultimate Protein formula and mix these two. My cats really love it and the no tolerance/vomiting issues have disappeared! Also, since the switch to this brand, my cats are not only healthier, but more playful and energetic. Highly Recommend!

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