INSTINCT Original Grain-Free Pate Real Lamb Recipe Canned Cat Food, 5.5-oz, case of 12 -

Instinct Original Grain-Free Pate Real Lamb Recipe Canned Cat Food

By Instinct
Rated 4.0329 out of 5 stars

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About This Item


  • Grass-fed lamb is the first ingredient in this savory recipe that’s packed with animal protein for strong, lean muscles.
  • Made with 95% lamb, turkey and liver; 5% vegetables, fruits and other wholesome ingredients; and 0% grain.
  • Free of grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Delicious pate also includes natural omega fatty acids to promote healthy skin and coat.
  • Proudly made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.

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About Instinct Original Wet Recipes for Cats

High-Protein Wet Recipes

Instinct’s Original Wet Recipes are complete and balanced wet meals for cats that add variety and excitement to mealtime!

Real, Wholesome Ingredients

Each grain-free pate is crafted with 95% real meat and organs and 5% vegetables, fruits and other wholesome ingredients. Your favorite feline will love the taste and you’ll love knowing that you’re feeding her all the goodness she needs and deserves.

Guided by Raw


Instinct’s wet food is crafted with real meat first, followed by fruits, veggies and other wholesome ingredients.


Guided by Instinct’s belief in raw, their wet food delivers high protein from real meat, poultry and fish.


These wet recipes are made without grain, corn, wheat, soy, potato, carrageenan or artificial colors or preservatives.

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

14 Customer Questions

What is the phosphorus content on a dry matter basis?
Answer by ChewySep 14, 2019
This recipe has a phosphorus content of 0.40% as fed and 1.81% on a dry matter basis.

How much percentage of Lamb in there verses Turkey?
Answer by ChewyJun 23, 2018
The breakdown of the formula's ingredient percentages are considered proprietary so we are unable to receive that information.

One answer is this is a cooked food...when the question was asked about GMO veggies answer was that all Raw diet veggies are non GMO...question 1. Is this food cooked? 2. Are the veggies GMO in this food?
Answer by ChewySep 30, 2019
At this time, based on available sourcing, Instinct by Nature's Variety are unable to guarantee that all of their ingredients are GMO-free. Their only non-GMO claim is for the fruits & veggies used in their Frozen Raw Diets.

What us the carb content? Thanks!
Answer by ChewyJun 17, 2022
This food has a carbohydrate content of 0.40% as fed, 1.55% on a dry matter basis.

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Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Ollsmom on Mar 21, 2023


I have a cat that suffers from asthma and food allergies. I have been feeding him this food for years because it was free of common allergen triggering ingredients, that is no longer the case. What used to be a quality food choice that was dark in color with vegetables you could see and plenty of gravy is now a sticky, sickly flesh colored paste that won't even come off the bottom or sides of the can, and now contains allergy triggering ingredients. It is insulting that the manufacturer would quietly degrade the quality of this food while still charging the same price but infuriating that they would do so while also becoming a product that is harmful to cats with food allergies or medical conditions.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By sjbuckwa on Jan 24, 2023

Recipe and Consistency Change

My cat is incredibly food motivated but and the lamb recipe was her favorite for years. Like “wake me up at 5:30am knocking things off the counter bc she wanted breakfast NOW” kind of favorite. Cans used to contain actual veggies like peas and a generous amount of gravy that my girl ate ravenously. My last two orders contained cans with the consistency of a thick, sticky, grotesque mush that my glutton of a cat won’t even touch. While I appreciate the extra sleep, the fact that my cat no longer asks for breakfast is a big screaming red sign that this recipe change is a HUGE miss. I wish I had read comments sooner - now like many others, I’m stuck with expensive cases of garbage and I have to search for a new food. Instinct, please do better.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By dani on Jan 18, 2023

ingredients are NOT as advertised

be very careful buying this product. chewy is a great company, instinct not so much.... I have purchased instinct for 5 years now, and have noticed significant changes to quality lately. I opened a can of lamb, and was overwhelmed by the smell of fish. I thought a packaging error had occurred and contacted the company. I was told they are now adding tuna oil to this product. My cat is allergic to tuna, and I am lucky it smelled so bad, or I could have made him sick. If you read the ingredients on the label instinct provided chewy, you will not see tuna listed anywhere. It is NOT lamb, it is lamb and turkey and now tuna. I will be very careful in my research as I choose another brand...the rabbit formula is not mainly rabbit, either, it is pork - not recommended for cats.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Denise on Mar 20, 2023

Cats refuse to eat

My cats do not like this. I wanted to get a different protein than chicken but they will not touch this.They do like the chicken but I have one cat thatis allergic to chicken. Just looking for an option for him.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Wcat on Jan 17, 2023

Formula changed!

This used to be my cat’s favorite and everyday food for several years. But latest batch I got was made in Thailand and formula changed. Now it have guar gum in it. My cat refused to eat it. Won’t purchase it any more.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on Feb 5, 2023

instinct lamb pate

One cat seemed to like it, one ate it because nothing else was offered, one just said "nope"

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By HouseofCatz on Sep 8, 2022

Not palatable

I have 5 cats. One is having allergies. His vet told me to feed him cleaner foods with exotic protein, as chicken is a common allergy for cats. The can says it is lamb so this is an exotic protein. It meets the "cleaner" qualification with 95 percent lamb, turkey and liver; I probably should have read the label better because I should probably be avoiding all poultry and I don't know which animal the liver is from. I am not sure that cats need the five percent vegetables, fruits and other wholesome ingredients but it is a low enough percentage that it doesn't bother me. I don't know whether it is the taste or the texture (the pate was rock solid, not juicy at all, like other pates) but none of my cats would eat this. (I usually use the stars to indicate how many cats like it but couldn't write a review with zero stars.) So I will not buy this again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By BengalHouse on Jan 18, 2023

Will purchase again

I’m in the process of switching my two Bengals food. Tried this lamb pate and they both enjoyed it.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Elaine on Oct 31, 2022

Buying smaller amounts

My cats wouldn't eat this--I wish I could have purchased a few cans to try it out before having to buy in large quantity of expensive cat food. Maybe chewy could offer a mixed-box of each brand that would make that possible.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Catlady on Nov 3, 2022

Instinct Grain Free Pate

my 16 yr old cat seems to like it pretty well, but prefers canned food with gravy. The Lamb recipe pate is a little dry. I wish it was available as a minced meat with gravy