Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free Kitten Recipe Cuts Chicken & Duck in Gravy Cat Food Pouches, 3-oz, case of 24

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  • Made in the USA at Merrick’s Hereford, TX kitchen.
  • Real deboned chicken and duck are always the first ingredients in this cat food, to help build and maintain muscles and fuel healthy energy levels.
  • Crafted without wheat, corn or gluten this kitten recipe cat food contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • This grain-free gravy recipe wet food for cats is made using only proteins, antioxidant-rich vegetables and nutrients.
  • Adds moisture and delicious flavor to your kitten’s diet while providing complete and balanced nutrition.

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About Merrick Backcountry Dog Food

A Protein-Rich Ancestral Diet

Merrick Backcountry offers a wide array of exotic protein options for an ancestral dog food diet that delivers a unique combination of freeze-dried raw-coated kibble with real freeze-dried raw pieces of meat, fish, or poultry. Choose from grain-free options and recipes with healthy grains for a balanced lineup that provides the nutritional benefits of a raw diet.

Real Animal Protein First

Merrick Backcountry dog food is packed with protein canines crave. In fact, every recipe is crafted with real deboned meat, fish or poultry as the first ingredient! Leading levels of high-quality protein can help your dog maintain healthy energy levels and promote healthy digestion. Plus, your pup will also find freeze-dried raw meat for the nutritious and protein-packed diet he deserves.

Raw-Coated Kibble + Real Meat

Protein-rich, raw-coated kibble mixed in with freeze-dried real meat, fish or poultry raw pieces makes Backcountry Raw Infused kibble recipes irresistible to pups. Freeze-drying locks in raw flavor and nutrition to provide the next best thing to feeding fresh meat. Give your dog the closest thing to raw, with the easy-serve convenience of regular kibble.

Healthy Grain or Grain-Free

Choose a high-protein, grain-free recipe crafted with healthy grains, like brown rice, oatmeal, and barley, to support sound digestion.

Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids

Guaranteed levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support healthy skin and a vibrant coat, for good nutrition that truly shows. And glucosamine and chondroitin help maintain healthy hip and joint function through all your dog’s adventures to keep him running healthy for many years.

Raw Nutrition and Wild Flavor in Every Recipe


Sweet potatoes are a fiber-rich source of quality carbs for healthy energy levels without grains.


Brown rice, oatmeal and barley provide healthy grains for good digestion.


Made with real deboned meat or poultry as the #1 ingredient and rich flavors and textures.


Yummy treats made with real meat, poultry or fish and without artificial ingredients or fillers.


These Freeze-Dried Raw Mixers are tasty, safely processed and offer your buddy a nutritional boost.


Keep your dog satisfied with an assortment of canned Real Beef and Chicken Dinner wet dog food.

About Merrick

Merrick believes whole foods not only taste better, but are better for your pet, and handmade recipes are much better than scientific formulas. That's why Merrick's been making pet food in their own kitchen for more than 30 years. Produced in small batches, each recipe is closely monitored to ensure it delivers the perfect balance of nutrients guaranteed right on the label. Merrick makes food to be fuel, not filler, and their wide variety of protein-rich dry and canned foods and treats means your pet will enjoy every second of his meal.
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Top IngredientsDeboned Chicken, Chicken Broth, Duck Broth...Deboned Duck, Duck Broth, Turkey Broth...Deboned Turkey, Turkey Broth, Chicken Broth...Deboned Rabbit, Lamb Broth, Beef Broth...Chicken (Boneless, Skinless Breast), Chicken Broth...
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Questions & Answers

16 Customer Questions

Is the pouch resealable? I'd only be using 1/2 a pouch a day, so how should I store the rest?
Answer by ChewyApr 11, 2022
These pouches are not resealable. You will want to store any unused portions like they would with their own leftovers. Ideally, transferring the food into an air tight container is the best way to store the food, but as long as they cover the top of the pouch up, not allowing air in, they can store in the pouch itself. This will extend the life of the food by 3-4 days!

How many calories does a single bag contain?
Answer by ChewyJan 04, 2022
This variety contains approximately 82 kcal/pouch (959 kcal/kg). For a complete list of ingredients and the guaranteed analysis, click the “Nutritional Info” tab on the product page.

What is the calcium and phosphorus ratio?
Answer by ChewyMar 23, 2021
This recipe contains approximately 0.26% Calcium and 0.24% Phosphorus on an As-Fed basis. It has an approximate Calcium/Phosphorus ratio of 1.08.

On a dry matter basis, what is the carbohydrate content?
Answer by ChewyFeb 17, 2021
The carbohydrate amount on a Dry Matter Basis is 15.55%.

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Rated 4.0759 out of 5 stars
79 Ratings
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79 Customer Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Meghan on Sep 24, 2023
Top 1000 Contibutor

Pretty Good

Kittens seemed to like this and it looked like pretty good quality

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By CatMomma18 on May 18, 2023
Top 1000 Contibutor

Kitten Chicken

I have bought numerous packages of this variety of Merrick Backcountry in the past. Last box none of my cats would eat. I don't know what happened, because I think this is good food. Nice size pieces, not too big and juice. I still recommend it to try though.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Laura on Sep 21, 2023

rescue kittens LOVE this food

chunks could be smaller but kittens love the food

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By AndiPandiPants on Mar 24, 2023

Tasty Gravy

My cats really love the gravy in this food! They lick up all the sauce first and then eat the pieces. I like how easy the pouches are to use (no chance of a key breaking off a can). Merrick makes premium pet foods, so I'm also confident in the ingredients and balancing of the nutrients my cats need.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TomC2022 on Nov 1, 2022

Yes, Kittens Can Eat This

I see a lot of reviews about the chunks being too big for kittens. My kittens were 8 weeks when I started this, and they are able to eat it just fine. Yes, the chunks are bigger than a "bite size" for young kittens, but they absolutely can eat it. The reviews that ding for this are a little off base. Now, as to whether or not kittens will seem to "like" it, thats very subjective. My kittens absolutely love it. I use it as a supplement to dried food, since they are carnivores I want their diets to what they need and not about what I think they should eat. I figured if the kittens didn't like it, well, that happens. Not sure I'd circle back and leave a bad review just because my kittens don't show a like for it. But I have been feeding them this daily for a month now, and they have never left a dish unclean. They have learned the sound of my pulling a pouch out of the box, and they come running. They know where that box is, and the sound of it, and they know what is coming. So I'd say they don't just like it. My kittens are growing quite rapidly, and are very athletic and active, with muscle tone developing. While I certainly can't prove it, my anecdotal observation is that their growth is related to this as a supplement. I have two kittens, and since it is just a supplement, I open a bag and that is enough for the two of them. If I had one kitten, a bag might be a bit much. But rather than give half servings, I'd give the one kitten the entire bag and reduce the dry food as necessary.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By SavannahDad on Nov 2, 2022

Almost a great food

This food comes close to being a great food. Its one of the few kitten foods that has a reasonable ingredient list, and has texture to it. We are trying to give our kittens a varied diet of flavors and textures to avoid pickiness when they get older. Would be five stars, except for the potato starch and guar gum. Neither of these ingredients are good for cats, and manufacturers need to stop using them.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Bethanne on Aug 23, 2022

1/2 successful

Only one of my two kittens will eat this. The other sniffs it and no matter how hungry, tries to cover it with the floor. The one who does eat it won't eat all of it. I have used the Merrick pouches for previous cats (not the kitten food but the cat ones) and they enjoyed it. The kitten pouches, though, a failure. We had success with the Wellness kitten canned food and the dry food of theirs as well.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Tamilynn64 on Jul 21, 2022

Supposed to be for kittens???

I was very confused when I went to feed these to my kittens. The size of the chunks in the packets are too big for kittens, I had to mash everything up which really defeats the purpose. I am a fan of Merrick food for animals but this was very disappointing. I’d just can’t imagine spending that much time messing everything up on an item that was meant for kittens.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Laura on Nov 2, 2022

kitten cuts

My Cat and dog were not crazy about them. Maybe with out the duck it would be better.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Tamilynn64 on Jul 31, 2022

Bites are too big for kittens

I thought the point of these packets was so that you could just open them and feed them to your kittens but the bites inside are too big for kittens and now I have to mash everything in order for my kittens to eat these.