Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Cat Food

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About This Item

  • Cage-free chicken 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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Top IngredientsChicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Chicken, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid)...Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Duck, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal...Rabbit, Turkey Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal...
Special DietGrain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...High-Protein, Grain-Free, Gluten Free...Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Raw...Grain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...Grain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...
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Food FlavorChicken, PoultryChicken, PoultryChicken, PoultryTurkey, Duck, PoultryRabbit, Meat
Food FormDry FoodDry FoodDry Food, Freeze-DriedDry FoodDry Food

Questions & Answers

36 Customer Questions

Can you please provide how much taurine is in this product?

are all ingredients of Instinct wet & dry cat from the US? If not what country?
Answer by ChewyJul 25, 2017
All of the poultry and pork come from the United States, the beef is from the United States and New Zealand, the lamb is from the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, the venison is imported from Australia and New Zealand, and the rabbit is imported from France and Italy. Instinct is very stringent in their sourcing standards and prioritize building close relationships with their vendors. They do not source any meat or poultry from China.

Why does Instinct have Montmorillonite Clay as an ingredient?
Answer by ChewyMay 09, 2018
Montmorillonite clay is a natural anti-caking agent. Using montmorillonite clay as a natural anti-caking ingredient has the additional advantage of providing health benefits. Some studies proved that the clay can be an effective anti-diarrheal and an alternative to other agents which can have serious side-effects.

Is it ok to switch between the different varieties of the dry food - salmon -> chicken -> rabbit without weening the cats from one flavor to the next? Or do I have to gradually change them over to the different flavor?
Answer by ChewyJan 11, 2019
Once your pet is accustomed to Instinct, you can rotate freely between forms and flavors. All Instinct diets are specially formulated for rotation feeding.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By GerriK on Sep 15, 2022

Rescue Kitties LOVE This

We adopted 2 rescue kittens recently, 5 weeks apart from 2 different rescue groups. Both had recommended the same food line R.., not saying their full name. My first kitten would only eat dry food, and would eat that brand. Not totally keen on the pork in the recipe I found the Instinct kitten chicken formula and started offering both. Then kitten no. 2 arrived, also being fed the R.. brand. Because of this I offered both kinds. Today, a month after adopting my second kitten, I watched both eat. Neither touched the other brand, bowls side by side, but chowed down on the Instinct instead. Both girls love it!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SuzyCZ on Sep 29, 2022

Only thing we buy

This is the only cat food that my Ragdoll can eat without having digestive issues. I have tried several other brands in the past that he tolerates for awhile but then the diarhea returns. Since being on the Instinct Original for the past 3 years he has had no problems.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Casey on Jul 16, 2022

Seems tasty

I have been trying several dry foods with my cats lately, trying to find one that my picky cat will eat. Based on how quickly my cats started eating it, I would say this one must be pretty tasty. However it does have a high protein/calorie content so I can't leave this one out for them to "graze" - but it works well for my picky cat since I know he will get the nutrition he needs when he eats it, even in small doses. The kibbles are also a nice size, not big. Overall seems like a good choice, will likely buy again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By PooPooQueen on Jul 16, 2022

Great Cat Food

I switched to this from Science Diet when I found a database that told me Science Diet isn’t actually as good for cats as it should be. My friend recommended this brand and it was rated higher on the cat food database so I gave it a go and I’ve been buying it since! I even gave a bag to my friend to give to her picky eater and she said her cats love it! My cats can’t get enough so five out of five paws :3

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SLCW on Jul 12, 2022

We've got a winner!

My indoor cat, Tango, had been eating Blue Buffalo, and he really liked it. But after doing some research, I decided to switch to a better food. Tango is a very picky boy when it comes to his food, and he refused to eat many of the different brands I tried. After some trial and error, we discovered that Tango loves the Instinct Original, and I love its ingredients. Finally, we found our winner!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on Jul 16, 2022

They like it!

Got to keep this on the down low, but our four cats may like this food. We can't get too excited though, they have fooled us before. They are all ex ferals and one would think that they would be grateful but they are the fussiest cats we have ever owned.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By NNVmom on Jul 10, 2022

Sphynx cat approved

My sphynx cat has been using this brand since he was 12 weeks old. He has a very sensitive tummy and this food is quality and keeps him happy without upsetting his tummy. I love that there is a kitten version and then the adult version to switch to when the time arises.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Lemon on Jul 16, 2022

Cats aren't crazy about it

One cat rejects it every time, wants nothing to do with it. The other will eat a few pieces and then walk away. That said, my cats are very picky. I bought five different foods this month and they only like two of them..

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By terriSF on Jun 4, 2022

Healthier than regular kibbles

We rotate four different brands of dry food for our cats, after reviewing and sampling over a dozen different brands, recipes, flavors etc. This food has quality ingredients and it is coated with raw meat and freeze dried rather than baked. Much healthier than regular kibbles. Our cats are healthy and we are happy about it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Donna on Mar 16, 2022


My beautiful grey cat, Benny Beignet, is thrilled w/this food. I already bought the dog food choice for Bitsy, so I don't know why it took me so long to try it for my cat. I mixed it w/Fancy Feast Salmon dry food for him this week and he is scarfing it down w/o hesitation. So, I'm ordering it 4him again. Needless 2say, Bitsy has been enjoying her Instinct Original DF for small breeds for quite some time now. Benny has jumped on the bandwagon...purr, purr, purr.