Primal Chicken & Salmon Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food

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About This Item

  • Made with antibiotic, hormone and steroid-free chicken meat and chicken organs along with real salmon.
  • Incorporates certified organic produce, certified organic minerals and unrefined vitamins to fortify the complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages.
  • All the benefits of a raw ancestral diet in a highly-palatable, freeze-dried form that’s fast and easy to serve.
  • Optimum levels of amino acids (protein), essential fatty acids, natural-occurring enzymes and necessary vitamins and minerals supply the building blocks for healthy biological functions.
  • Crafted in the USA with sustainably-sourced ingredients and contains no grain, gluten, corn, wheat or soy.
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About Primal Freeze-Dried Cat Food

Freeze-Dried Raw Nutrition

Primal's freeze-dried formulas pack the nutrition of raw into dry bites that are irresistible to your kitty, but easy on you. By removing moisture, Primal makes feeding raw versatile and uncomplicated—simply add water to rehydrate and serve, or feed the freeze-dried pieces dry. Use them as a topper, or serve as a balanced meal. Your feline's dinner is what you make it.

Whole Food Means Whole Nutrition

Using whole food ingredients, Primal creates a balanced, wholesome meal without the need for synthetic vitamins. They're the real deal—as in they only use real, unrefined, food-based ingredients. Plus, there's no denatured meat or poultry products, either. Just delicious, USDA inspected, antibiotic- and steroid-free meats and poultry your pal will beg for.

Clean, Wholesome Ingredients

Primal crafts these delicious bites without the use of steroids, antibiotics or added hormones. They're proud to source from trusted ranchers for the health of your feline, and won't include any ingredients from China. Plus, they're made with no grains, gluten, corn, wheat or soy. Even kitties with discerning palates can enjoy!


Acts as an anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins A and C and high in carotenoid antioxidants.


Loaded with antioxidants for immune system support and urinary tract health.


Natural source of zinc and manganese and the full spectrum of vitamin E antioxidants.


Whole food source of vitamin E and loaded with antioxidants to help defend against free radicals.


Excellent source of short- and medium-chain fatty acids for a healthy coat and skin.

Global Flavors Made at Home

Primal freeze-dried recipes are made in the USA and packed with ingredients from around the globe—including the USA, New Zealand, France and Spain. Best of all, each of those nutritious ingredients is responsibly sourced. You'll find certified organic fruits, vegetables and supplements, and protein sources that are ethically raised, too. Because every step counts when it leads to your pet's bowl.

About Primal Pet Foods

Primal Pet Foods was founded with the goal of improving the quality of life and overall health and happiness of pets through wholesome raw foods that mimic the diet of animals in the wild. Since 2001 Primal has been committed to elevating the health of your pets. From complete and balanced diets along with supplemental foods, to their full line of nutritious treats, they use only the best ingredients because that's what your pets deserve.
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Questions & Answers

30 Customer Questions

It says on the package that it will "maintain optimum freshness for 3-5 days under refrigeration". I have just one 7 lb. cat so even a small bag will last me a couple weeks. Will it not be good or viable at this point?
Answer by ChewyFeb 27, 2018
Once hydrated, the food will maintain optimum freshness for 3-5 days when refrigerated.

How many carbs are in this food?
Answer by ChewyJan 12, 2018
This recipe contains .5% carbohydrates.

What does the “warm” symbol on the bag mean?
Answer by ChewyJun 25, 2019
Primal's holistic veterinary community asked that they provide a food energetics guide on their packaging. Their food energetics information is based on Chinese theory medicine. According to Chinese medicine, each food plays a role in warming or cooling the body during digestion. For those consumers who subscribe to the theory of protein temperatures, they provide an indication of hot (H), warming (W), neutral (N), and cooling (C) proteins on their packaging.

How much Taurine is in your cat food products? In addition, is it okay for kittens?
Answer by ChewyMar 19, 2018
Taurine 0.65% min. For kittens and pregnant or lactating females: Divide total daily feeding portion into 3-4 meals.

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326 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By JulieC on Jun 28, 2022

Great for topper

My cats really didn't like the food as a meal with the nuggets re hydrated. They did, however, love it as a crumbled topper on top of their wet food. Will definitely keep purchasing

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Greg on Apr 14, 2022

Ingridients changed, weird smell

I auto shipped Primal nuggets for years and my cats have been eating these nuggets for a long time but had to remove it from my autoship. Cats won't touch the newest batch. It smells weird. Called Chewy's and they said that it appears ingredients have changed. I cannot recommend it any longer as my cat's wont touch it, and it smells stale. Thank you chewy for the refund but I don't know if I would try this product again I would love to know the reason for the change.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Holly on May 21, 2022

wish my cats liked it

This was recommended to me by my vet. Unfortunately neither of my cats will go near it. I read other reviewers said that the ingredients had changed. Disappointing. I tried both the turkey and chicken, both flopped.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By ramp on Apr 26, 2022

Primal Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried cat food

Tried this freeze-dried raw cat food for my kitties. None would go near it. I thought I would get a different raw freeze dried to keep as a backup for the Nulo, but turns out Nulo is the only raw freeze-dried food they'll eat.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Aust on Mar 13, 2022

Something is wrong with the most recent batch

My cats use to love this.. not this batch. Chewy has been amazing with returns thankfully, but I wrote the primal company directly because the last 2 bags I purchased are totally stale and are not past the expiration date. They told me that that sometimes quality fluctuates and that there's no known issue. My cats won't eat it and I guess I will have to give up on this one for now.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Brit on Apr 30, 2022

Did not like

I purchased this as it is one of the few foods that does not carry pea’s in it and this food was highly recommend but my MC will not touch it, I tried water & goats milk and they turn away.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By PapillonLvr on Aug 8, 2022

Cats would eat it

The stuff looks awful to me and my cats had no interest either.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Meow on Mar 23, 2022

Refused paws down

Bought this brand and a bag of Stella & Chewy to compare. I still have 2/3 of the Primal brand left over as cats refuse to eat it and frankly, it looked terrible. After rehydrating it it turned a nasty gray color.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By MiPa on Mar 18, 2022

Not Sure ??

My cat ate this for 3 feedings and now will not touch it. Hydrated it looks rather yucky and is hard to soften. Liked the convenience and was hoping it would work, but it's not. Think its more my cat than the product.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Cass on Mar 22, 2022

my cats are obsessed

My cats have never been super food oriented and I’d never found a food that they were really excited about until this. They love this so much.