INSTINCT Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food, 9.5-oz bag -

Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food

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About This Item


  • This recipe features animal-based protein and vitamin-rich fruits and veggies to give your best bud’s bowl a total upgrade.
  • Compared to traditional processed kibble, this raw recipe was freeze-dried to allow for better digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Designed to be a complete and balanced meal for your furry friend.
  • The paw-sitively delicious ingredients aim to support strong muscles and bones as well as improve coat and skin health.
  • Made in the USA with no artificial colors, preservatives, grain, corn, wheat, soy or legumes.

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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions

About Instinct Raw Freeze-Dried Meals for Dogs

100% Raw Meals

Instinct believes that eating a diet rich in raw, unprocessed foods is just as good for our pets as it is for us. They make every meal with the understanding that real, less-processed, whole raw foods can have the power to transform lives.

Upgrade From Kibble to Freeze-Dried Raw


Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals contain 3x more real meant and nutrient-rich organs, compared to Instinct Original kibble. That means there’s more animal protein and flavor in every bite! 


Instinct preserves the integrity of their ingredients by keeping them raw, which leaves their nutrients intact. Raw is better for digestion because it’s less processed than cooked kibble.


These Raw Meals are made with 85% meat & organs and 15% fruits, vegetables, vitamins & minerals.


Keep Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals in your pantry for an easy-to-serve raw meal—just scoop and serve! 


These recipes are made without grain, corn, wheat, soy, legumes or artificial colors or preservatives.

The Benefits of Raw

Here are some of the positive changes you may notice when you start feeding your pet 100% raw nutrition.

Better Digestion

More Energy & Vitality

Weight Improvement

Improved Skin And Coat

Food Sensitivity Relief

Excitement At Mealtime

About Instinct

Instinct has been crafting and perfecting raw recipes for over 15 years. From 100% raw frozen meals to freeze-dried, raw-coated kibble, Instinct gives you a variety of ways to incorporate raw into your pet’s diet. Their raw recipes are crafted in their own kitchens in Lincoln, Nebraska, to ensure the highest standards in quality and food safety according to SQF standards.
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Questions & Answers

7 Customer Questions

What is the difference between the Instinct Raw meal and the Instinct raw bites?
Answer by ChewyNov 26, 2020
This variety is freeze-dried and does not require any refrigeration. The Instinct Frozen Raw Bites Recipe Dog Food varieties, would need to be stored in the freezer.

What is the percentage of calcium, phosphorus and DHA on a dry matter basis?
Answer by ChewyJul 28, 2020
Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Grain-Free Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Dog Food has approximately 2.34% calcium, 1.38% phosphorus, and 0.14% EPA and DHA on a dry matter basis.

What is the Montmorillonite Clay source and purpose?
Answer by ChewyFeb 18, 2021
Montmorillonite clay is used in some natural pet foods as a natural anti-caking agent. It allows high-quality pet foods to remain free of man-made and chemical agents for this purpose. In addition, it is a natural source of minerals so it may bring with it added health benefits to pets.

Is this item equivalent to using the Instinct frozen raw grain free chicken bites? Are they interchangeable?
Answer by ChewyJan 31, 2021
The Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Chicken Recipe has Mixed Tocopherols and Rosemary Extract listed under the ingredient list, which the Instinct Frozen Raw Bites Chicken Recipe does not. This recipe also has a higher crude protein and fat content. We always recommend speaking to your veterinarian prior to changing your little one's routine. Your pet's vet is your best ally in managing any existing health conditions and sensitivities.

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Rated 4.4474 out of 5 stars
38 Ratings
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38 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By thereasa on Mar 1, 2023

Great as a healthy treat

I buy this to use as training treats. It is less expensive than buying the ones labeled as treats and My dogs love it!!!!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Kristina on Nov 21, 2022

Decided not to purchase.

The ingredients look wonderful, and I'm highly interested in transitioning my senior Golden Retriever to a fresher diet - I like that it's freeze-dried and not baked, as this reduces the nutrients. However, when I read the feeding instructions and did the math, even with the autoship discount, it would cost $784/month to feed this. I'm sure it's a great food, but I'll keep looking!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Dibs on Oct 2, 2022

Daisy loves this!

Bought this to mix with her regular dry food (that she wasn't too thrilled with). Just put about 1 part this chicken to 3 parts regular dry kibble and she devours it!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Amber on Feb 25, 2022

Healthy & convenient

When transitioning my 3 chihuahuas (a puppy and two 9 year olds) from home cooked/freshpet, I transitioned to freeze dried raw. That went very well but holy… the price! I found that it’s drastically cheaper to buy frozen instead. I don’t need the ability to travel with their food. That’s basically what I was paying for and will repurchase should we travel. They all 3 love this food! A freeze dried bag (20ish oz) lasts us about 2 weeks, for 3 chihuahuas (5, 7, & 14 pounds- I feed the two small ones 1/3 cup and my bigger one 1/2 cup, each day).

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By DougFrye on Dec 23, 2021

Not for my Dog!!

I have spent the past month researching many "Freeze Dried Raw" dog foods. I have tried 5 different manufactures. Unfortunately, INSTIINCT Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Cage-Free Chicken, is the ONLY one that my 4.5-year old Goldendoodle will not touch. He basically attacks all the others, but is not at all interested in INSTINCT. It sounds like a good product, but it's a no go for my dog. Hopefully I can give it to someone that can use it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Dogmama on May 9, 2022

Great dog food!

Great dog food for picky eaters. Finally a dog food that my dogs love

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Roxie on Nov 7, 2021

Good stuff

Was feeding our almost toothless 16 year old Jack Rat the K9 Natural Freeze Dried chicken food on top of her Dry BilJac food to get her to eat. We also started giving it to her as a treat being she can’t chew dog treats any more. Apparently the K9 Natural is sitting on a boat somewhere as we couldn’t get it any more. The Instinct brand was a recommended substitute and is it ever awesome! It’s not all crumbly and smashed like the K9 and our little dog loves it. Sticking with it and not going back to K9!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Buddy on Mar 20, 2022

Buddy loves it!

We use it as a topper for his ho-hum kibble and he's never late for mealtimes..

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MMmm on Oct 27, 2021

Love Luv Wuv

My dog adores this food. I have never seen her so excited over anything as she gets when I serve this up. She will finish everything off her plate just to let me know she is ready for her afternoon freeze-dried. She is seasoned in age and missing several teeth and this food has been a blessing in its softness and ease to chew.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Sudie on Nov 1, 2021

Not what I wanted

Not what I thought I was purchasing. I wanted the frozen food. Can’t seem to find it. Don’t really have much else to say but you are asking for more words than I need to describe it wasn’t what I wanted.