Primal Turkey Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food

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About This Item

  • Made with antibiotic, hormone and steroid-free turkey meat and chicken organs, along with fresh ground bone for calcium supplementation.
  • 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.

ORGANIC SUNFLOWER SEEDS:

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

ORGANIC COCONUT OIL:

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

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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Top IngredientsNew: Turkey (with ground bone), Turkey Livers, Organic Pumpkin Seeds...New: Duck (with ground bone), Duck Livers, Organic Pumpkin Seeds...Beef Hearts, Ground Beef Bones, Beef Livers...Pork Hearts, Ground Pork Bones, Pork Livers...Venison, Venison Hearts, Ground Venison Bones...
Special DietGluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...
Food FlavorTurkey, PoultryDuck, PoultrySalmon, Beef, Meat, Seafood & FishPork, MeatVenison, Meat
Food FormFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-Dried
LifestageAdultAdultAdultAdultAdult

Questions & Answers

15 Customer Questions


How long would a bag last for a 12 pound cat?
Answer by ChewyJan 13, 2021
Primal Pet Freeze-Dried Nuggets are packaged by weight, not by nuggets, so the number may vary however, there are close to 16 - 22 nuggets in the 5.5 ounce bag and 42 - 56 nuggets found in the 14 ounce bag. The feeding chart may be located by clicking the “Feeding Instructions” tab, on the product page.

What's rehydrated ash% and magnesium% of this product? Thank you.
Answer by ChewyJul 19, 2018
This recipe has an ash content of 3% and magnesium content of 0.04%.

How many calories in each Turkey formula nugget? Thanks.
Answer by ChewyMar 11, 2019
There are 148 calories per ounce. An ounce is approximately 4 nuggets.

What is the is the moisture content after rehydrating?
Answer by ChewyMar 04, 2019
The moisture content after rehydrating is 73%.


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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Eowyn on Nov 11, 2022

As a backup raw food, it's the best I've found.

I make a complete and healthy raw food diet for my two feline companions, and wanted a backup food for power outages and scarce meat availability such as we're having right now with turkey. After investigating every brand of freeze-dried raw food I could find online and with the help of excellent pet-food stores, this product seems to be the best available. BUT - the use of clay in this litter could be a serious problem for any cat prone to constipation, despite the nutrient value in that ingredient. And one of my cats has this issue. BUT - the meat is not "all natural" or "organic", which means the animals have been fed antibiotics, something I avoid with the food I feed my cats. Feeling food with antibiotics can negatively affect their microbiome (intestinal gut microorganisms needed for digestion and strong immune system. BUT - I also feed my cats ORGANIC veggies and other really high nutrient supplements not present in this food. AND - there's no way to know from the package exactly how much vitamin A or D is included, or how much Omega 3, so if I want to continue feeding the high quality supplements I currently supply, I'll just have to guess and pray that I'm not overdosing my cats. So this is the best of what's available, and considering it's the highest priced of all the ones I looked at, it should be the best. I firmly believe "you are what you eat" and that goes for my feline friends, too. Feeding the best you can afford will keep the veterinary bills down and keep them comfortable and healthy.


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By DebbieNY on Sep 1, 2022

Hard to figure

I bought a few bags to try on my cats and my dog. I feed a lot of cats so I figured this would be a healthy way to bulk up their food, the price of food is insane now and its just hard to keep up. Anyhow I don't understand this. They loved the food in some bags and turned their noses up at other bags. I got my dog the venison, he loved the 1st bag but wont eat the venison from another bag. I dont understand this.


Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Lucas on Jul 25, 2022

Inconsistent quality

We've been purchasing Primal nuggets for the past four years, but the quality is very inconsistent. What we get usually falls into two categories: 1. 'Good' batches of nuggets that are mostly gray and flake easily. These tend to be more irregularly shaped and almost shaggy looking. When we get these our cats love to eat them, and they rehydrate really easily with just a few strokes with a fork. 2. 'Bad' batches of nuggets that are incredibly dry and hard, and sometimes have an orange tint. They're very rectangular with well-defined edges. These are very difficult to rehydrate and my hand often cramps just trying to rehydrate them (I'm a 33 year old rock climber so I don't think it's just my hand strength). Our cats just won't eat this stuff so I have nothing else to do but throw it out and remake the meal. It used to be that this happened every year or so, but recently it's felt like 1 out of every 4 or 5 bags has this issue. Sometimes the bags are also a mix of good and bad nuggets too. These are pretty expensive so it's really disappointing to have to just throw out this amount of cat food, and for the meantime we'll be switching brands. My only hope is that someone from the company sees this and tries to rectify the issue.


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

Formula change?

I have had 6-7 bags over the last 2 months that have been orange tinted and/or has a different smell. I got a new batch this week and looks to be more of the same. I was hoping that I just got a bad batch. Unfortunately, my cats won’t touch it now after years of eating this product. (I haven’t been able to change because one of my cats has several conditions and her specialists don’t want me changing her food in fears of triggering multiple flares, but I don’t think I have a choice now.)


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Carol on Apr 1, 2022

Great but pricey

After years of living abroad and not being able to find this brand there, we got this little bag of Primal for our baby when we were back. She LOVES it! She's almost 11 years old. She used to love it 7 years ago in any flavor and so does it now at least the turkey flavor; we'll try others afterwards. I don't remember how much water I added before, but be aware that this food would constipate them if you don't add enough liquid. At 1 pm she's anxious for this particular meal, because of the Primal. At another times of the day we feed her dry food from a great brand as well. But the Primal at 1 pm is no doubt the most awaited. Since it's on the expensive side, I just feed her a quarter of a nugget and add a little of canned fish for cats. For that 1/4 nugget I add 2 Tablespoons of water. Anything less would constipate her. This is the kind of food that she never gets bored of. She eats with pleasure, has a great weight, her fur shines, she remains pretty agile, self confident and happy. I've no doubt food has something to do with all that. NOTE: I would give it 5 stars if not were for the price. It's just too high. She would need 7 nuggets daily if this were her only type of meal! Bankrupt immediately haha


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By ChewtopianPetParent on Mar 30, 2022

the cats hate it

Maybe I got the wrong flavor but my cat won’t eat it. He wouldn’t even sniff it after the 1st day of realizing what it was. I figured I could feed it to the strays since it’s super healthy food but even they won’t eat it! Only animal I found that likes it was my pup who ate the old food I put out for the strays before I could clean it up. I’ve heard great things about this food but if the stray cats won’t even eat it….idk about it


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By gem1978 on Mar 3, 2022

our cats loves Primal!

We have tried other foods like this (e.g. Stella & Chewy) but our cat continues to love Primal. She prefers the pork most of the time but when she’s being finicky, she really enjoys the turkey. I’ve found that I have to have a few options for her all of the time because she gets burned out on flavors. One thing I like about the turkey flavor is that it’s softer than the pork and super easy to break up.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on Aug 21, 2022

Yummy addition to food

My cats like it dry and crumbled over their kibble.


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By catpoppy on Feb 9, 2022

This is not the same as usual

my cat normally like these nuggets - but the most recent batch that arrived have a chemical smell and seem like they have either gone off or were sitting in a warehouse filled with chemicals or something. cat is not touching it. very disappointing - especially considering all of my chewy purchases.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Willie on Dec 14, 2021

50% approved

About half my cats and foster cats will eat the the turkey if I break it up and serve it dry. When I rehydrate it none of them will touch it. The cats who will eat it dry really love it. I think it is a good product but with cats you never really know till you try it.