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

Instinct Original Grain-Free Pate Real Salmon Recipe Wet Canned Cat Food

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About This Item


  • Features Wild-caught salmon as the first ingredient!
  • Made with 95% salmon and beef, 5% vegetables, fruits, and other wholesome ingredients.
  • Features a delicious pate texture.
  • Free of grains, potatoes, corn, wheat, soy, and artificial colors and preservatives.
  • Made with animal proteins to promote strong, lean muscles!

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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

11 Customer Questions

Is this cat food made in the USA?
Answer by ChewyOct 22, 2017
This formula is made in the United States.

What is the carbohydrate content for this food on a dry matter and as fed basis?
Answer by ChewyMay 17, 2021
This recipe contains .80% Carbohydrates on an as fed basis and 3.33% Carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.

Montmorillonite Clay: Why is this an ingredient and what’s the benefit of cats eating it?
Answer by ChewyMar 17, 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.

What is the phosphorus % by dry matter analysis on this product? What is the % protein by dry matter analysis on this product?
Answer by ChewyJul 20, 2018
This formula has a Phosphorous content of 1.59% and a Protein content of 77%, both on a dry matter basis.

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Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By ShivaCat on Jan 16, 2023

Off The Menu

Many thanks to other reviewers! Now I know why my cats have stopped eating Instinct or vomiting it up. My local shelter wouldn’t take it so I’m dumping 3 cases. Too much $ down the drain. I won’t be coming back even if they return production to the USA.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Melissa on Dec 3, 2022

Bye bye, Instinct

Thanks to the reviewers who confirmed what me and my cat already knew. This food has changed completely. I still had some of the old cans, and when I opened one of those, it was very apparent how different the food is. The old one looked and smelled better, and my cat ate it right up. The new cans are an unpleasant odor, texture, and he ate it grudgingly, asking me for something different. I see why, now. The ingredients have changed. Will no longer be buying this brand that has been my staple for 15 years.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Ackstyle on Dec 10, 2022

Bad quality

I get this at the local pet store and my cats loved it. Cans I received from my Chewy order had some weird white stuff inside (sitting on top of food) that I hadn't noticed in local cans. My cat threw it up. Tried again another day, with a different can and had the same issue. Guessing the food was spoiled so def not giving anymore to my cat.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Gail on Jan 30, 2023

Added Guar Gum. Disappointed!

They recently added guar gum to ALL their wet food... even the limited ingredient ones! Very disappointed! Now I have to find a different food.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By jaya on Nov 9, 2022

Now made in Thailand with guar gum and beef

Been feeding this for 5-years to our cats. Been thrown for a loop by Instinct since they decided to move production to Thailand and change the formula. Now, rather than pork, the salmon flavor has beef organs and guar gum. I contacted the company and was fed a slew of talking points meant to counter everything I said. Not only is the food a gooey mess now, the company seems to care less what they have done to loyal customers. If you order from multiple retailers, some are still sending out the old stock so once you transition the cats to a new formula, there is no way of knowing if you will get cans of the old formula. Shame on Instinct, what terrible people behind this company.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Timothy on Nov 3, 2022

Changed recipe and no longer made in USA

The recipe has changed from salmon and pork liver to salmon and beef. Not only that but the consistency of the pate has also changed and is now outsourced from Thailand. Please if you're spending this much on wet cat food source it from somewhere US based and research what goes into it as well!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Traci on Sep 29, 2022

Changed the ingredients

My cat use to love this food as well until they added Menadione Sodium Bisulfite. You can see the white specks in the food. I have done research and even contacted the company. They said its harmless....but that is not true. I am very careful to read the ingredients that I feed my cat. I am discontinuing this food and feeding her Kiwi Kitchen wet cat food chicken, which she enjoys. I did the recommended switching of food and added it to her old food. I hope this is helpful.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Nova on Sep 5, 2022

Different Recipe

My cats used to love this but not anymore. The recipe has changed and now they won’t even touch it. The food in the new style cans looks grey, sticks to the can, texture is different, and just seems off. Nothing like how it used to be. Its not just the salmon flavor, a lot of the varieties have changed to this new formula. It’s very disappointing. My cats are senior and finding a food that they will like and agrees with their digestion was hard but back to square one.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By flickjilma on Aug 13, 2022

they barely tried it

I have four cats and some are pickier than others (although you would never know it, as they are a little thick in the middle). They loved the Merrick limited ingredient Salmon which has been out of stock everywhere for a while. I thought this might be a nice substitute. They did not agree. Two of them would try it, but the others wanted no part of it. This is a great food on paper, but apparently not for my boys.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By jt61 on Dec 18, 2022

Bad formula

Changed formula not the same. Made cat sick. It's texture and smell is bad