INSTINCT Ultimate Protein Grain-Free Cage-Free Duck Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Cat Food, 4-lb bag -

Instinct Ultimate Protein Grain-Free Cage-Free Duck Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Cat Food, 4-lb bag

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About This Item


  • Made in the USA using premium ingredients from around the world.
  • 90% of the protein in this recipe comes from real duck, chicken and eggs—it contains no animal meals of any kind.
  • Thoughtfully crafted for easy digestion and optimal nutrient absorption.
  • Live probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants work together to support healthy digestion, a strong immune system, soft skin and a shiny coat.
  • Contains zero grains, potatoes, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meals, artificial colors or preservatives.

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Questions & Answers

12 Customer Questions

What's the function of Menadione Sodium Bisulfite? I heard that it is toxic to cats, it that true?
Answer by ChewyJun 26, 2018
Menadione is a vitamin. It is the man-made version of an essential nutrient commonly known as vitamin K3. This is not toxic to cats.

Are you considering sticking a larger bag? I already purchase the chicken version and I would love to give this a shot for rotational feeding, but I would really like a larger bag like the 10 pound chicken.
Answer by ChewyDec 30, 2019
At this time, this formula is only available in a 4-pound bag.

What is the ash % and the carb %?
Answer by ChewySep 17, 2018
The Ash content is 7.5% as fed and 8.33% dry matter basis. The Carbohydrate content is approximately 15%.

How many cups in a 4 lb bag?
Answer by ChewyMar 12, 2020
There are approximately 16-pounds of food in the 4-pound bag.

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Rated 4.2969 out of 5 stars
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64 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By kareng on Aug 15, 2022

Well, they just love it!

Finally found a kibble that our persnickety cats can't wait to gobble. House and barn cats both go for this even before diving into the helping of their formerly fave canned foods. It's a bit pricey, but so is tossing bowls of rejected kibble.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Rene on Aug 24, 2022

Quality food

So far all’s well. Maine Coon switched over easily. Still transitioning Tortie with sensitive stomach but no problems yet. High protein, low carb and they love the taste.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Collin on Jun 13, 2022

Turned the clock backwards

Our ferrets were on a mix of Orijen and Blue Buffalo. While the Orijen food is good, the Blue food hasnt been good to our ferrets. We now mix this, Orijen original cat, and Stella & Chewy’s meal mixers. They love the little bits of this food, and I swear it has turned the clock backwards for our oldest ferret. He’s gaining weight again, playful and happy! I was recommended this food by a local ferret shelter. If it does this much magic for ferrets; I’m sure it’ll work for your kitty, too!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Daiqing on Apr 25, 2022

Nice product with high protein and gluten free. Daiqing loves it.

This is the first time I had a cat. Before I just fed her food with best-selling products. Later I found those products had too much gluten, the first three ingredients contain 'Ground Yellow Corn', or 'corn'. Also, those contain 'Artificial and Natural Flavors', and BHA. Those foods are cheap, with less protein and high carbohydrates, I can spend $20 for 20lbs. My cat, Daiqing, ate half bag for 6 months because cat only eats less per day. Thus, although this product is expensive with less pounds, Daiqing can eat for 2 months because I feed her wet foods also. So, it's not very expensive for me. On the other hand, this product is gluten free with high protein. The first three ingredients are all animal product, the rest of ingredients don't have 'Artificial and Natural Flavors', or BHA, so this product is much healthier. In conclusion, this product is really good for cats, although it's little bit expensive, my cat can still eat for 2 months.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By BillC on May 22, 2022

Ridiculous Price/Pound

I've been buying this for several years, even though it was expensive at $7.50/lb but now, at $10.00/lb, it's become ridiculous. Unless you start carrying the 10lb bag the price per pound is prohibitive. In the meantime I will be trying Dr Elsey's Duck since my cats love Dr Elsey's Chicken & Salmon recipes and it has a higher protein percentage, 58% minimum, it too is clean protein, 95% and is $7.27/lb as opposed to $10.00/lb. Instinct is 47% minimum protein and 90% clean protein. Moreover, when on sale, as it is today, and using autoship, Dr Elsey drops to $6.00/lb.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By DeeDee on Apr 6, 2022

This food is amazing

I do not normally take the time to write a review, but this product deserves a review. I started my 19-year-old pudgy cat on this about 3 months ago. She was eating and drinking fine, but I was afraid she would get a heart attack due to her weight. I gently added this into her diet (first as a "treatie" and then later as part of her feeding; she loves it. Now this is her main food and she is losing weight, her eyes are bright and she plays like a young cat. This food works very well and I am hoping to work it into my young male, who has crystal problems in his urinary track. We shall see....

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By DJW69 on Jul 23, 2022

Great Product

We use this product as a "treat" for our cat, Fred. We supplement his regular cat food with this product. Fred loves it!

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By NENE on Apr 25, 2022

little bits

I wish I didn't have to rate this item cause the only problem is the size of the kimbles it showed a picture of them and saying actual size so this is telling me they are bigger then the others cause my cat won't eat them they are very small and they weren't that size that it showed .So I'm not rating the food just the size of the kimbles

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Chuck on Feb 27, 2022

Best food on the market

We always thought we were feeding our cats good food, but from cat nutrition reviews most all mainstream pet food is suitable for chicken feed, so we had been feeding our Savannah Tau and Bengal Ari 10 and 8 yrs. old Blue Wilderness, which is considered middle of the road food, but we wanted something much better. Instinct Ultimate Protein fit the bill, great quality ingredients, right size kibble, shiny coats, plenty of energy, between 2 cats they get 1/3 of a cup 3 times a day plus some wet food, Blue Wilderness chicken flavor because that’s all our Bengal Ari will eat, that’s, both cats are proper weight. The food is expensive, but that’s not an issue, Fast delivery ordered on a Tuesday night and had on Thursday, here in the Midwest.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SavannahCatLady on Apr 25, 2022

Loves this food

My vet thinks my kitty has a good allergy. He was starving rather than eat the royal Canine hydrolyzed protein kibble. This is mostly duck and he dove in and has been loving it since. Hoping the scratching doesn't come back when the DEPO shot wears off.