About Primal Freeze-Dried Feline Nuggets
Raw Feeding Made Easy
Primal Freeze-Dried Raw Nuggets provide all the benefits of a raw food diet in an easy-to-use, shelf-stable form. Each recipe provides complete and balanced nutrition—just portion out and rehydrate for a delicious meal with real benefits you’ll notice in your cat!
Whole Food Nutrition
Primal recipes are crafted with fresh, responsibly sourced protein and organic fruits and vegetables. They are chock full of real, whole food nutrition, with no synthetic vitamins or minerals or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
Ready to Serve Freeze-Dried Nuggets
Easy as 1-2-3!
1. Portion Nuggets
Raw foods are nearly 100% digestible, which allows for better nutrient absorption. This helps ensure that your cat gets more of the healthy nutrients she needs to thrive!
Small Change, Big Impact
Adding fresh food to your cat’s diet can help her lead a happier, healthier life! From improved digestion to healthier skin and coat, even a little raw goes a long way. With Freeze-Dried Nuggets, Primal makes it easier than ever to serve your feline fresh, raw goodness at every meal.
Highest Quality Ingredients
Primal only sources ingredients from partners who are committed to the humane, ethical treatment of each animal. Freeze-Dried Nuggets are made with responsibly sourced proteins and certiﬁed organic fruits and vegetables, so both you and your pet can feel good about every meal. Whole-food nutrition means your pet can enjoy real meats and produce free from:
About Primal Pet Foods
Primal Pet Foods was founded with the goal of improving pets’ quality of life and overall health and happiness through real whole food nutrition. From complete and balanced diets to nutritious supplemental foods and treats, Primal makes foods that mimic your pet’s natural diet in the wild using only the best ingredients. Since 2001, Primal has been committed to elevating the health of pets and giving them the great taste and nutrition they deserve.
I want to preface this review by mentioning that not all of my products were purchased on Chewy. Chewy itself is amazing and I only have issues with the products from Primal. I recently purchased several bags of Primal Pet Food for my cat, and unfortunately, my experience was far from satisfactory. I recently purchased several bags of Primal Pet Food, including their rabbit flavor, for my cat. While the first bag of rabbit flavor seemed to be of good quality, the second bag was noticeably darker in color. I decided to feed it to her anyways, unfortunately, after consuming the food from the second bag, my cat started experiencing severe digestive issues, including liquid diarrhea and projectile vomiting. Upon researching further, I discovered that the FDA had issued a warning letter to Primal Pet Foods in February of 2023. The FDA cited several violations, including failure to implement adequate measures to control for the presence of pathogens and failure to manufacture and handle the products under sanitary conditions. The FDA also identified numerous violations of the law. Learning about the FDA's warning letter was alarming and reinforced my concerns about the safety and quality of Primal Pet Food products. Based on my experience and the FDA's warning letter, I cannot recommend Primal Pet Food to other pet owners.
I really wanted to love this after searching for good cat food, and I spent 6 months transitioning my kitten and 4-year-old cat to this diet. They both had been showing some signs of constipation as we increased the number of raw nuggets, but when we finally got them on 6 raw nuggets (each) a day my 4-year-old cat became so constipated we needed to take him for an emergency enema! I felt awful he was in so much pain. The vet said his poop was just literally bones and hair...like nothing to keep it passing through his system. Two days later my kitten had poop stuck to her butt and I examined it, sure enough, it was all tiny bones and hair! I'm not sure what the exact issue is, but I can say for certain it's the food that's the problem. My one cat has had many instances of diarrhea but NEVER constipation. It's only fair to point out that this did seem to help my cat's coat be shinier, and they never had hairballs or throw-up while eating it. But clearly it's not worth that if it's going to send my cats to the emergency vet for constipation. On to the next food brand...
After stumbling across eye-opening information about the impacts of synthetically-produced vitamins and minerals on human health (as opposed to those from food sources), as well as the invisible epidemic of poor mineral health in general, I naturally started wondering how this affects domestic pets. I started paying attention more to pet food ingredients and was genuinely horrified by what I saw. Most pet foods, even the high-quality expensive ones, are loaded with synthetic vitamins and minerals. Here's a small explanation to make sense of my previous statement concerning these ingredients: "Synthetics are isolated versions of natural real nutrients and are inferior and impotent to the body. Synthetics lack transporters and co-factors which occur naturally with real nutrition. When the body can't use these synthetics they end up being stored or excreted by the body and at a cost as the body needs to use resources to provide transporters and co-factors that aren't part of the synthetic. Synthetic vitamins steal trace minerals and take them from the body's reserves which can lead to dangerous mineral deficiencies. Synthetics can "trick" the body if it's suffering from a deficiency. The body can detrimentally take up the synthetics making it think it has the needed nutrient and not take up the healthier real nutrient from real food when it becomes available." This is very much in line with what I learned about the dangers of synthetic nutrients for humans as well. It makes sense that it would also apply to pets. All of this to say, I'm so grateful for Primal to supply a food without all of the synthetics. This brand will be in heavy rotation from now on! I hope more pet owners become aware of this little-known problem so they can start making the best choices possible for their beloved pets (and themselves).
My cat loves this food. I alternate with rabbit and venison and he’s been on this diet for about 2 years. I can’t speak to an overall formula change like the other reviewers because 9/10 bags of the rabbit food are consistent and my cat licks the bowl clean. However, every once in a while, we get a rabbit bag with darker nuggets that my cat refuses to eat. We have to throw the bag away, $45 in the garbage. I’ve reached out to the company about this more than once and their response was super unhelpful and did not acknowledge any kind of variation in their formula from time to time. It’s so frustrating. For the price of this food, they need to figure out a way to keep it consistent.
We are using these for a cat that has allergies and he loves them, but the cost is so very expensive.
Bought the 5.5 oz bag and there were 20 full nuggets in the bag plus one piece of a nugget. I feed this alongside wet canned food, so I feed my cat 1 nugget per day. He can only eat rabbit meat, so I’m happy about this. Only downside is that it’s quite expensive. He is 5 lbs and if he was only eating this, according to his caloric needs, he would need 5 nuggets a day. That means it would cost around 5$ per day for him, which is why I use this just as a topping.
I read a few reviews here regarding a formula change so I contacted Primal's customer service via email this morning and received this reply. "I can confirm that we have not changed any of our recipes recently. Caloric data has been updated on our bags to reflect more testing and averaging of this product. The new feeding guidelines are now recipe specific to the protein in the bag instead of an average of all recipes. This means the calorie content is now a more accurate starting point when determining appropriate feeding amounts for your pet. If your pet was doing well on a measured amount that differs from the new recommendations, you should absolutely continue to feed the amount that has been working for them. Feeding guidelines are always just a starting point and every individual pet is different. You’re always welcome to also check out our feeding calculator for a more specific recommendation. "
Skippy has to be on a novel diet due to dx of EGC. For a few years, was on another prescription diet which stopped production during pandemic. I chose rabbit as a novel diet, and Primal rabbit as first choice. He loves it! AND? He will not eat it wet, it has to be crumbled dry. Excellent quality, pricey but any more so than the prescription diet Skippy was on. Highly recommend as an alternative to pre digest foods, and easily obtainable.
Tried so hard to feed my cat, but she didn't like it no matter it was dry or wet.
My cat Nala goes through different food every few months.. she gets picky and I need to change up her food. She likes rabbit so I go through 3 different types of rabbit food brands that are all freeze dried. The only thing I dont like about this rabbit is that its really hard so u have to smash it up well. Comparing this to vital essentials rabbit it comes in 2nd place. The stella and chewy brand of rabbit is 3rd place for me .