INSTINCT Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Duck Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Cat Food, 10-lb bag -

Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Duck Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Cat Food, 10-lb bag

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Rated 4.443 out of 5 stars

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About This Item


  • Cage-free duck is the first ingredient for high animal protein to support strong, lean muscles.
  • Features 81% real animal ingredients and nutritious oils, plus 19% fruits, vegetables and other wholesome ingredients.
  • Never contains any grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants to support digestive health, healthy skin and coat, and immune health.
  • Made in the USA using premium ingredients from around the world, with the pure nutrition of raw in every piece.

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About Instinct Original Kibble for Cats

Raw Coated Kibble

Instinct offers a variety of natural dry cat food recipes with added vitamins and minerals to suit your furry family member’s needs. And with freeze-dried raw coating on every piece of kibble, adding the nutrition and taste of raw into your pet’s diet is easy!

Grain-Free Kibble

Instinct’s grain-free, raw-coated cat kibble recipes are crafted with at least 77% animal ingredients to provide your kitty with high-quality protein. 23% veggies, fruits and other wholesome ingredients are also included for your cat’s overall well-being.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw on Every Piece


With responsibly sourced real meat as the first ingredient, these recipes are packed with animal protein for strong, lean muscles.


Naturally occurring omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support skin and coat health.


Antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits help support immune health.


Guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics are included to support your dog’s digestive health.


Instinct crushes and tumbles their freeze-dried raw with their kibble, ensuring raw is on every piece!


These recipes are made without grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal or artificial colors or preservatives.

The Benefits of Raw

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.

Better Digestion

More Energy & Vitality

Weight Improvement

Improved Skin And Coat

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

8 Customer Questions

What does "meal" mean in "duck meal, chicken meal", etc.?
Answer by ChewyApr 29, 2021
Meal is made by grinding the protein after it has been rendered (cooked in a stew-like way but at high temperatures) and then dried so it'll contain a higher protein content and low moisture which helps provide the pet with the most nutritional value in the food.

This food says all life stages, but does that mean kitten as well? I have two adult cats and a 2 month old kitten.
Answer by ChewyJul 24, 2019
This recipe is formulated for all life stages.

Carb content per cup?
Answer by ChewyMay 28, 2023
There are 14.11g of carbs.

What is the Taurine level in this food? Thanks
Answer by ChewyNov 23, 2020
This recipe does not contain any added Taurine. Meat naturally contains a lot of taurine through amino acids methionine and cysteine and is the primary source of naturally derived taurine. Because taurine naturally occurs in their recipes, they do not need to supplement with taurine in their dog diets and do not test for it.

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Rated 4.443 out of 5 stars
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79 Customer Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By BigsbysMom on May 26, 2023

Might not be great for senior cats

I bought this kibble on the recommendation that I should try a higher protein content food to prevent my 16 year old feline from losing more muscle mass. He will not eat the food. I don’t know if it’s too hard for him to digest, or maybe it doesn’t taste good, but as I have tried to transition him over he eats all of his old food and leaves this stuff in the dish.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Nonna on Mar 22, 2023

So disappointed

I was so excited to buy this food, read through the reviews and took advantage of the autoship price! The food arrived today. I brought the bags in and they immediately started sniffing(can smell it strong through the bag) so I immediately opened and mixed some in their normal food. They both sniffed the bowls and both walked away! I took a few pieces and put them on the floor like they were their treats neither 1 touched it!! Wasted $100 on 2 bags! I have 1 picky kitty and 1 that would eat almost anything like lettuce off the floor or a potato chip, if she won't touch it there's no hope!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Court on May 25, 2023

Cats won't touch it

Was excited to get this based on reviews, but my cats literally will not touch one single piece of this food.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Lynn on Jan 28, 2023

Instinct dry duck cat food

It's a great low carb food. All flavors are interchangeable without easing them into a new product. My one cat is allergic to chicken so I get the salmon normally. When it's out of stock I go for this duck flavor as they don't care for the rabbit one. After tons of research it's the only low carb option I've found. I don't want to ever have to give either one of my kitties insulation as my one friend did.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Liza on Apr 13, 2023

They both love it!

Both of my cats absolutely love this one! I just wish it had a bit less calories.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By vjd68 on Jun 17, 2022

The really good stuff!

Yes, this is the pretty penny food. However, I have 8 cats I take care of and 6 out of 8 are chonks. My oldest cat eats a lot, but never gains weight, and constantly throws up. She has the best vet care but nothing is ever found to be wrong with her. I have tried food after food no matter the cost to try to assist her. I happened upon some instinct toppers for my dog which she was stealing. So, I decided to try some for my queen. I found the toppers, but they were not recommended as food, just toppers. So, I went through the chewy inventory of Instinct and ordered 3 new products, this dry food real duck kibble was one of those. To quickly sum this up, my queen (Goonie) hasn't stopped eating it since I opened the package. She feels like she might have gained a small bit too. She has also decreased the vomiting a lot. She still does vomit, but the consistency is very different and a lot less. I am excited to find this product and I am hoping her interest doesn't wane. I also am hoping inventory and manufacturer stays positive.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By hgss on Jun 26, 2022

good food and tasty

My cat like it and better than most food I try since

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Coffeeman on Nov 25, 2021

Healthy treats

We have 4 cats. A few months ago we changed our wet cat food from a Major Big Brand Name to the Instinct canned pate and never looked back. The cost is higher but the difference in our cats eating habits have changed. They are content and satisfied eating less! One cat is extremely over wait. He is now loosing weight and looking much better. They are getting real meat instead of carbs that they can't digest properly. We have now decided to forego the unhealthy bagged treats and serve them this Real Duck Freeze Dried Coated Kibble, and the cats love it! We live and we learn! I'm looking forward to fewer visits to the vet!!!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Good on Dec 23, 2021

Good foood

My cat loved it, i would defendely recomend this to a friends

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Hunter on May 13, 2021


My cat loves this stuff, it smells real too. I think he likes me more now and is acting even more spoiled than he already is (: