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

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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.

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.

What is the cholesterol content in Instinct original grain free with duck?
Answer by ChewyJan 20, 2020
Instinct by Nature's Variety does not measure cholesterol content in their formulas.

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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 (:

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sue1097 on Oct 16, 2020

Grain free duck

I don’t use dry as my kitties main staple as dry dehydrates them. I lost a kitty to stage 4 kidney failure because all he liked was dry food. So I use it as a treat now. My kitties give this 5 stars.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By CharlieKay on Apr 10, 2020

Duck flavor

This may be really good cat food, but it's very dark in color and my two cats wouldn't eat it (or the salmon flavored). I tried mixing it with the regular food they have been eating, but most of it is getting thrown away unfortunately. Perhaps someone else would have better results.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Stef on Apr 29, 2020

Lock this bag away!

While this comes in a sturdy, resealable bag, it cannot withstand the claws of some very determined (and totally not starving) cats. Tried it for variety and they love this. I offer 4 kinds of kibble at any given time and, right now, this is the bowl that empties out first. I want to feed high quality food and I like what I'm reading on their website (

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lucy on Apr 16, 2020

Great value

I'm retired and carrying heavy items is an issue. Delivery is quick and the variety is excellent. Having litter delivered is a wonderful help.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Naki on Feb 27, 2020

Pleasantly Surprised

I switched my cat to this from a freeze-dried diet so I was expecting some decline in her but nothings really changed, her fur is still really shiny and she love this food just as much. Would definitely recommend.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By PickyCat on May 6, 2020

Must b tasty

My pickiest eater of the 2 loved it! She does not like like 7 outta 10 foods she tries.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Katchina on Nov 16, 2019

Healthy and Delicious!!

Two of my sweet cats brother and sister are CraZy for Instinct Duck at Dinner!! ..Dry food makes them fat but after their summer exercise program they lost all their weight and are back to eating this at dinner and an evening meal of Instinct Duck will keep them warm in the winter nights..They can eat this food until they are Stuffed so I have to measure it out for them no free grazing on this dry food..yes it costs more but I dont want them to become diabetic as they age..So this is the food I buy.. Believe me its worth the price compared to having two insulin dependent cats later on in life..and its very Tasty to them!!