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


  • Made in

    United States

  • Special Diet

    High-Protein, Indoor, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

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 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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  • great idea, but my cat only eats the raw part LOL

    By on Top 1000 Contributor

    Yet another food not getting eaten by my crazy picky kitty! She loves the raw part (freeze dried), doesn't eat the kibble at all. I will definitely get some of the Instinct freeze dried raw for her.

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  • My cat’s favorite

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    Every morning my cat leads me out of bed to the kitchen pantry where his food is stored - he loves Instinct!! The raw bits he eats first and I imagine them like little treats to him. It’s amazing because he will even eat the regular food pieces too and enjoys them just as well. He plays a lot with our big dog, so he is relatively active, but we didn’t want him getting overweight. I’m glad this formula exists so we can feel confident he’s getting the best nutrition for our indoor cat!

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  • Scruffy cat is shiny cat

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    my cat is roughly shaped like a hamster and has always had course-ish fur. after feeding her this for two weeks, she's actually shiny and soft !!!??? magic nutritional sorcery. this makes me wonder what the h*** else i've been feeding her this whole time. it's pricey but it's worth it. and the little chicken chunks !!!!!! she loves em.

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  • Cats can't get enough

    By on Top 250 Contributor

    My cats LOVE this kibble. I switched them over from another brand due to them having digestive issues. I had to stop free feeding my cats because they love this brand so much and started to over eat! I have tried a lot of cat food brands but this one is by far my favorite due to quality and taste.

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  • Cat says no

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    I decided to get my 11 year old cat some "good" food. My little dog loves her Instinct food, so decided to get some Instinct for my cat. He's a real chow hound, but does not like this food for some reason. He eats the "raw", but not the kibble. After not eating much for a couple of days, I got him a bag of his former food, which he ate immediately. And yes, I did try to mix some of the old with the new and he picked out what he wanted and left the Instinct uneaten. Disappointing, but I blame it on my cat and not the product.

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  • Quality cat food

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    So I recently got adopted a stray kitten, I've been trying out different foods he'd like and whatnot. All high quality foods, i.e no by products, grain-free, high proteins, etc. I mix it with the indoor rabbit formula in a air tight container. This food is by far his favorite, he's not super picky but I've never seen him eat with such gusto. The minute I open up the food container he's there, meowing up a storming. I've noticed such a difference in his coat too, its really soft and smooth now. I highly recommend Instinct.

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  • Switching to raw from dry kibble

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    My cat could not eat this food my vet recommended. He was constantly throwing up, so I took him off of it and returned to Blue Wilderness. The idea of switching was in response to my cat's need to lose a little weight. This brand has the highest amount of protein in cat food. Also there is a procedure to follow to switch from kibble to this type of food.

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  • Not Tasty and Very Crunchy

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    My cat liked it at first but now isn't touching it. He's lost some weight so I have to get him off of it. He'd rather not eat than eat this.

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  • Good enough

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    My cat loves the freeze dried raw bits, but doesn't seem to care for the kibble part of the food. He begs for more food, even when he has a full dish just because he has eaten the raw bits out! I like the ingredients, but don't think I'll be ordering again.

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  • No More Stomach Issues

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    I've been looking for healthy, affordable alternative to plain kibble for awhile now. One of my boys has had pretty severe issues with eating and keeping food down, both on kibble and wet food. We switched to this a couple months ago, and he hasn't had a problem since! I've also noticed a huge reduction in hairball occurrences in our house too. Cats love it and so does my wallet. Couldn't be more pleased.

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