INSTINCT Original Kitten Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Cat Food, 4.5-lb bag -

Instinct Original Kitten Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Cat Food, 4.5-lb bag

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About This Item


  • Cage-free chicken is the first ingredient for high animal protein to support the energy needed for growth and play.
  • Includes 81% real animal ingredients and nutritious oils plus 19% vegetables, fruits and other wholesome ingredients.
  • Tailored nutrition for kittens includes a balanced mix of poultry, fish and meat for healthy exposure to proteins plus natural DHA for brain and eye development.
  • 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 Kittens

Raw Coated Kibble

Instinct offers a variety of natural dry 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 kitten kibble is crafted with 81% real animal ingredients and nutritious oils, along with 19% veggies, fruits and other wholesome ingredients. The balanced mix of poultry, fish and meat provide healthy exposure to proteins, while natural DHA from chicken eggs supports brain and eye development.

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

17 Customer Questions

Is the kibble extra small in this for kittens?
Answer by ChewySep 25, 2017
This product is for all for kittens from 6 weeks to over 12 months of age.

What purpose does the clay in this recipe serve?
Answer by ChewySep 27, 2022
Montmorillonite Clay is approved by AAFCO for use as an anticaking processing aid to absorb excess moisture and to help keep the food from clumping.

Does the kitten dry food have gluten in it? Is it also approved by the AAFCO? Do they have the kitten formula in rabbit?
Answer by ChewyJan 12, 2019
This variety is grain and gluten free. It is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for growth. The kitten variety is only made in a chicken flavor by the manufacturer, at this time.

With this being a raw food, what is the risk of salmonella? Is it pasteurized, or does being freeze-dried reduce the risk?
Answer by ChewyNov 05, 2020
Instinct uses High Pressure Processing (also known as HPP or Cold Pressure) on all of their frozen and freeze-dried raw recipes to ensure they are free from pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella, E. Coli, and Listeria. This is the same process used for human foods like cold-pressed juices and guacamole. They also test every batch for safety before it leaves our facilities.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Mariah on Dec 15, 2022

Healthy Kittens Love It

I adopted my two, 3 month old kittens from a shelter a few weeks ago and they sent me home with a different dry food brand (Hills). After researching and looking at ingredients, I decided I needed to switch. It was important to me that my kitties food was grain-free and low carb since cats are naturally carnivores. I also wanted something with no by-products and specific to kittens nutritional needs. I watched a bunch of comparison videos and decided on Instinct. I started out mixing it with their old food and my kittens easily made the switch in a week. They love it and eat it much faster than they did their previous dry food. Also as a note, hydration is really important for cats, so I feed them only a half dry food diet mostly for the cheaper cost than 100% wet. My kittens really like the wet food made for kittens by Instinct also. Nulo duck and tuna is also a healthy favorite.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By moxiso on Jan 7, 2023

Cats and I love it!

I did a good amount of research, and this was the dry food I found to best balance cost and ingredient quality. My cats are on a mostly wet food diet, but they scarf this dry food down quickly when they get some.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Theresa on Nov 29, 2022

My cat refused it

I thought yay, finally a "raw" food that's affordable. After almost begging my 10 month kitten to eat this I gave up and went back to her old food. (hense low rating) She's not a picky eater at all and I'm not saying that your cat won't love it. Just my experience was a poor one with this food.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Bengalkittenmom on Sep 6, 2022

Great food but stinky

I recently purchased this for our picky bengal kittens and mom's because I noticed one of my queens and one of my stud cats having diarrhea and one of them was pooping outside the litterbox and all had horrible smelling poops feom the Purina pro plan kitten dry and wet food that I had them all on for the longest time. Also had one cat with her hair falling out on clumps since we fed the Purina pro plan cat food and after seeing two different vets and no one cpuld find out exactly why her hair started falling out in clumps , So we knew we had to do something and fast . So we gradually switched them all over , kittens and our breeding adult Bengals to this formula and they are all doing so much better in only a matter of 1 week with using this food. Also my cat that was loosing hair isn't loosinv any more hair abd sge seams a lot more comfortable and its already looking like her hair is growing back! I am so happy that I finally found a food that all of them like and finally replaced their usual Purina food that they always loved . Plus this food is so much better for them. Only reason why I gave it the 4 stars is because it smells really strong and smells up the kitchen where we feed them at and the kibble shape needs to be a little smaller for those younger kittens 4-6 weeks old that are still learning how to eat .

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lauren on Nov 30, 2022

So far so good!

Its been a few weeks since Ive started with this kitten kibble and my sensitive kitten stomach issues have cleared up. It has been a win and compared to many other food it is cost effective. I plan adding their wet and freeze dried over time.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By PixiePal on Oct 28, 2022

Two Thumbs Up

With a new recuse, it's hard to know what they'll eat and what is left untouched. I've tried healthy choices in various product lines, only to have my previous kitty leave the crunchies untouched. I was attracted to the healthy label and - to my great pleasure - my new little pal likes them! A good way to get a new kitten off to a healthy start.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Angel on Nov 20, 2022

Broken kibble

I have order Instant kitten for before and was very happy with the product. This order the kibble was broken into sand like tiny pieces as if the bag had been dropped multiple times.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy on Nov 15, 2022

Will be buying this again!

My kitten loves this! Its the first dry food she's eaten where I didn't have to add water to soften it in order for her to eat it. She just digs right in! Highly recommend this!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Colleen7 on Nov 6, 2022

Shiloh won't eat it

This food has excellent ingredients but my little girl won't eat it. She leaves these kibbles and eats the other kibble that I mix in. Had high hopes since the ingredients are good.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kimchi on Aug 12, 2022

High Quality

First of all, to those that say that it gives their kitten diarrhea, you have to remember that it's going to take them a few weeks to adapt to the new food compared to what they had before. Their digestive system is still developing so stinky litter boxes are normal. The ingredients in this dry kitten kibble is organic and a ton of nutritional value with real chicken. Next to Castor and Pollux, Instinct make the best off the shelf Cat food without going boutique online orders.