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Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Market Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Nuggets Freeze-Dried Cat Food

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Nature’s Variety satisfies your cat's need for real, raw nutrition with their by Nature's Variety Raw Market Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Nuggets Freeze-Dried Cat. It’s raw feeding made simple—just crumble and add water to make a complete and balanced meal of cage-free chicken and organic fruits and veggies like pears, cranberries, carrots and butternut squash. Raw Market recipes are carefully crafted in small batches and freeze-dried to preserve the rich protein, natural nutrients and flavor of real whole ingredients. There’s no cooking involved in the process, which means all of the pure, unaltered nutrients will be easier to absorb so your cat can experience their ultimate health benefits.

Key Benefits
  • Freeze-dried raw nutrition without grains or gluten for a complete and balanced meal any cat would love.
  • Carefully crafted in small batches with cage-free chicken and organic fruits and vegetables.
  • An easy and convenient way to feed raw, just crumble and add water for a healthy and mouthwatering meal.
  • Made with 90% protein, 10% vegetables, plus fruits and vitamins to nourish and energize.
  • The freeze drying process locks in necessary moisture and nutrients that are vital to your feline's well being.

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  • Weight
    12 ounces
  • Lifestage
  • Food Form
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Raw

Chicken (Including Ground Chicken Bone), Chicken Liver, Chicken Heart, Pumpkinseeds, Salmon Oil, Montmorillonite Clay, Organic Carrots, Organic Pears, Tricalcium Phosphate, Organic Butternut Squash, Potassium Chloride, Cod Liver Oil, Salt, Dried Kelp, Yeast Culture, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Organic Cranberries, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Rosemary Extract

Caloric Content

4,629 kcal/kg, 46 kcal/nugget

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein38.0% min
Crude Fat34.0% min
Crude Fiber6.0% max
Moisture8.0% max
Transition Instructions

It is always a good idea to start out slowly on a new diet with any pet. Slowly increase the amount of new food being added to the present diet over a period of 5 - 7 days. If any digestive upset or loose stool occurs, make the transition more gradual. It is a good idea to allow your pet's digestive system to calm down and return to normal before proceeding.

A Simple Way to Feed Raw

Instinct Raw Market is carefully crafted in small batches and made from real foods you can trust. Available in Nuggets or Meal Blends and made with raw meat like cage-free chicken and fresh vegetables that are freeze-dried to lock in nutrition and taste. Instinct Raw Market is an easy-to-feed, grain-free diet. Just crumble the freeze-dried nuggets, add water and serve.

A Simple Way to Feed Raw
Transforming the Lives of Pets

Transforming the Lives of Pets

Nature's Variety Instinct believes that everything we feed our pets should be real, whole, pure and as close to its natural state as possible. They are on a mission to transform the lives of pets and make it possible for more people to feed their own pets the pure, real nutrition that only comes from raw.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw in Every Recipe

Instinct is on a mission to transform the lives of pets through the pure, real nutrition of raw. Their belief in the power of raw inspires every food they make. Instinct has carefully crafted their foods to provide easy ways to incorporate raw into your pet's diet.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw in Every Recipe

Real Food for Real Nutrition


Instinct believes protein should primarily come from pure animal sources. Animal protein provides all the essential amino acids, which vegetable protein alone can't provide.


Instinct never uses fillers like grain, gluten, corn, wheat and soy, because they think every ingredient should have a specific nutritional and functional purpose.


Real meats, whole fruits and vegetables and turmeric are a few of the ingredients Instinct uses to provide naturally derived nutrients and enzymes for overall wellness.

The Mindful Choices Instinct Makes

Every Instinct recipe shows the careful, deliberate approach they take in crafting their food. They use only real ingredients, and you'll never find artificial colors, flavors or preservatives or fillers like corn, wheat or soy.



Meat that has been freeze-dried -a natural process that locks in nutrients and taste without the use of chemicals or additives.



Source of important vitamins, minerals and carotenoids to help support a healthy immune system and digestive system.



Provide potassium and fiber. Instinct's certified organic pears are grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.



Well-balanced food source that contains fiber, vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene.

About Nature's Variety

Nature's Variety is an independent pet food company based in St. Louis, Missouri with manufacturing operations in Lincoln, Nebraska. They believe the best nutrition comes from healthy, natural ingredients. Nature's Variety makes a variety of premium, wholesome, natural foods to keep pets healthy and happy. The company produces pet food through two brands - Instinct, the leader in raw pet food; and Prairie, a balanced holistic line of food.

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About Nature's Variety

Instinct is sharing the pure, real nutrition of raw by providing over one million meals annually to the dogs and cats in all Best Friends Adoption Centers nationwide. This includes their sanctuary in Kanab, UT as well as shelters in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and New York. Together, Instinct and Best Friends Animal Society can transform - and save - the lives of pets.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent food

    By Peanut on Apr 18, 2018

    I wanted to try something more natural for 2 of my 8 cats. (Can’t afford to feed this to all of them twice a day!) Mainly because one has become very picky about eating and was a little to think for my liking. The other one had major fur issues. He had mats galore and will not let me groom him. My picky eater now eats and my fur problem kitty, is no longer a problem. His fur is shiny, soft and mat free!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    All 4 cats Love it

    By Cardinal on Apr 2, 2018

    I have a Snowshoe, Bengal/tabby, tuxedo, and torbi. Mixed ages and genders. All indoor. ALL with their own picky preferences. After the 1st try, and since then (only a week now), THEY ALL LOVE IT. As suggested, I'm introducing slowly with other food (canned & dry). As long as it is healthy for them, I will continue to buy it!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    What all cats are supposed to eat

    By Meshu on Feb 11, 2018

    Finally a species appropriate food for my babies. Amazing that a pet food manufacturer is finally on board with feeding felines, who are strict carnivores, food that is so easy and convenient as the non species appropriate food( Dry or canned). Raw has the enzymes our cats need to digest and absorb the nutrients they NEED to live long and disease free lives. If your kitty says no to this please don't give up. It's just different in texture and taste. Try mixing small amount with old food and gradually add more. All mine are now eating this as well as different brands for a rotation diet. This can be fed dry in the beginning if your kitty eats dry food.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My cat LOVES this

    By Rizzo2017 on May 31, 2018

    My cat is happy therefore I am happy... so glad to have found a product my kitty loves so much!

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Grain-Free Instinct Raw Market did not work for my Old Man!

    By SimonStew on Mar 12, 2018

    This product is very expensive, I was hoping that my cat with a very sensitive stomach would keep it down but unfortunately the $ spent came flying out of his mouth. Just an older cat with a special need diet & sadly this expensive product did not meet his needs.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Convenient Way To Feed Raw

    By kesta413 on Mar 3, 2018

    For the health of my cats, I have switched to raw. I initially tried Nature's Variety frozen version, but like the freeze-dried much better. Quick and convenient to prepare and my cats like it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for a Treat

    By CatDad on Mar 5, 2018

    My cat loves the taste of this stuff. I give it to him mixed with his dry food for a special treat and he loves it!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    love this!

    By PookusTheOEB on Dec 26, 2017

    We've been feeding our dogs raw for 8+ years. When we adopted a kitten in July 2017, we had no clue how to feed him raw. We love all of the Instinct line (although we wish there were fewer unneeded veggies and fruits) and just tried the nuggets this month. This is awesome for pre-measured servings! My kids can now easily help feed Piney

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Acquired taste for your kitten

    By MagicLeo on Dec 22, 2017

    Cat's like raw meat. But that is difficult to deliver safely. Nature's Instinct have nailed it. Freeze dried raw meat with all the trimmings as though the cat had killed the animal in the wild with the contents of it's stomach containing vegetables. Cat's need meat, and in the wild will consume some vegetables inadvertently due to the contents of their prey's stomach. This product takes all that into consideration. My kitty devours it and has shown better muscle tone and attitude.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    It’s the only brand my cat will eat!

    By Laurie on Dec 7, 2017

    I’ve been out of this food before and unable to buy this brand and formula locally. I tried a number of other freeze dried brands and even kibble. She turned her nose at it. There’s something in this brand’s mixture of ingredients that she really loves. My opinion is that the reconstituted food is healthier for my cat.

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