Primal Venison Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food

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About This Item

  • Made with antibiotic, hormone and steroid-free venison meat and 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.

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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Top IngredientsVenison, Venison Hearts, Ground Venison Bones...Rabbit (with ground bone), Rabbit Livers, Organic Kale...Pork Hearts, Ground Pork Bones, Pork Livers...Beef Hearts, Ground Beef Bones, Beef Livers...New: Duck (with ground bone), Duck Livers, Organic Pumpkin Seeds...
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 FlavorVenison, MeatRabbit, MeatPork, MeatSalmon, Beef, Meat, Seafood & FishDuck, Poultry
Food FormFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-Dried

Questions & Answers

11 Customer Questions

I am considering the Primal freeze dried cat food and it seems a lot to pay for such a small bag. I was wondering how many cubes of food are in the 14oz bag?
Answer by ChewyJun 21, 2017
For every ounce it'll equal approximately 3½ nuggets so for 14 ounces it'll total to 49 nuggets.

My cat only likes the freeze dried venison in its dried form. Would not touch it if wet. He does drink water after eating the freeze dried nuggets, which I chop into smaller pieces. Is that ok — I.e., not feeding it rehydrated?
Answer by ChewyMay 13, 2019
Because of the importance of moisture in a raw diet, Primal recommends rehydrating this product with water or Primal Raw Goat Milk for optimum nutrition absorption. If your pet only likes it dry, you must ensure they are drinking enough or receiving moisture in their diet otherwise, for their health.

What is the Phosphorus content DMA ... thanks!
Answer by ChewyOct 10, 2018
This variety contains 1.29% Phosphorus on a dry matter basis.

What is the calcium to phosphorus ratio on a DMB?
Answer by ChewyFeb 03, 2021
This recipe has a 1 to 1 Calcium to Phosphorus ratio.

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Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By CatLover on Jun 23, 2022

Waste money

I like the ingredients and it looks healthy but none of my cats will eat it. I put it down and hope they will eat, but they just walk around it until it’s dry and I have to throw it away. What a waste! I guess I will have to try something else.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Lizcatlady on Jun 14, 2022
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Kitties love freeze-dried

All my kitties love this.. the only Kitty that could not eat it was my one with IBD do to the bones.. the others love it crumbled up over their wet food as a Topper. For some reason they wouldn't eat it once it was hydrated. it's hard to find novelty protein

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By BestButler on Feb 6, 2022

Expensive but worth it (for me and cat) 5.5 oz package

I feed my Kitty a poultry free diet, she got bored with beef so I bought this. The nuggets were firm but breakable without water. I saw a review that stated that there was a lot of hide in the nuggets and that was NOT the case with my batch of nuggs. My cat is satisfied with this product. Although it is pricy, I personally find it worth the cost. The 5.5 oz came with 20 nuggets. Lastly, I believe these nuggets would be a great topper!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Petmanship on Jan 27, 2022

She loves it!

I have an allergy kitty that is sensitive to certain proteins. I love that Primal is single source, so this only contains Venison—which can be so hard to find! This product is difficult to crumble, but if I twist a nugget in half it becomes easier. I add quite a bit of warm water to the crumbled pieces, and my girl dives her face into the bowl at every meal.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By KayN on Mar 2, 2022

Staple Meal Ingredient!

After 2 months of testing no complaints so far! Nezuko licks the bowl clean every time so this will definitely stay in our autoship order. Love the fast shipping and quality ingredients!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Elvia on Dec 29, 2021

Pieces are TOO big.

Sure you soak it and break it down. But pieces are sooooooo big, it is not fun breaking it down. You need to break down so your cat's jaw doesn't slip of alignment or worse, break. This is a big issue for me. As for the quality, it is high quality. My cat is still getting used to this product. I see him accepting it fully in no time. I would recommend, as quality is one of the better ones.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Carrisa on Oct 3, 2021

one likes it, one does not. little too hard

Comparing to other primal nuggets with a different protein source, it’s hard to get crumbled into pieces, it takes time to Grindr using hands. And it takes longer to rehydrate due to its hardness.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Radagast on Jun 13, 2021

picky cat loves it

This food is quite gamey smelling and makes me a little queasy, but my insanely picky cat loves it, so it's worth it. And the pellets are weirdly hard compared to the other Primal flavors, but I crumble them the best I can then add warm water and let sit for a few minutes, and both my cats (one of whom has four teeth) eat it without issue. Given that it's a healthy protein made by a reputable brand and both cats love it, I can forgive the inconveniences and will keep buying it, and hope that Chewy never stops carrying it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tasha on Apr 24, 2021

Chocolate sprinkles for cats!

Both of my fussy cats love the venison and chicken-salmon flavor from Primal Nuggets. It truly is chocolate sprinkles for cats. If you're trying to coax your cat to eat, this will do it! I crumble it up dry, use it as a topping and they love it. But you can also add water.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LindaJ on Feb 23, 2021

GREAT additional protein source!

I’m so glad that venison is offered for freeze dried cat food. It’s so good to alternate protein sources for cats. In addition to the two feedings of wet food, I use it as a dry feed (instead of a less healthier kibble) for when I’m not home or able to feed him directly myself. (Of course my cat always has two clean sources of water in the house for any time he needs it) I cut the cubes up w a steak knife and fork and basically shred it. (Thinking of trying to shred in in a food processor also) Works really well with a feeder that has a timer. Thank you for offering this! :)