Vital Essentials Chicken Dinner Patties Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Freeze-Dried Cat Food, 8-oz bag

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About This Item

  • Limited-ingredient cat food––great if you feed your feline friend a raw diet.
  • Made with high-quality ingredients, like USA-sourced chicken.
  • Free of added flavors, fillers, artificial ingredients and rendered by-products.
  • This all-natural, raw meat recipe is freeze-dried to preserve nutrition and freshness.
  • Grain-free and gluten-free.
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Vital Cat Freeze-Dried Food

Give your cat a healthy boost of raw nutrition with Vital Cat freeze-dried cat food. Vital Cat Dinner Patties and Mini Nibs come in Duck, Chicken, Pork, Turkey and Rabbit flavors.

Raw Nutrition Boost

Felines naturally thrive on a raw diet, which promotes vitality and supports health and wellness in all breeds and life stages. Raw cat food makes essential nutrients easier to absorb, and it can soothe a sensitive stomach and even lessen the amount of waste your cat produces. A raw diet can also help your furry friend maintain an ideal weight, strong bones and firm muscle tone.

Limited Ingredient, Raw and Made in the USA

Vital Cat raw cat food is minimally processed, crafted from limited ingredients, and made and packaged in the USA. It contains no fillers, grain or artificial ingredients, just a wholesome meat-based recipe that’s nutritious and meets a cat’s instinctive cravings

100% Made In The USA

Raw cat food made with custom-sourced meats. Made and packaged in America’s heartland, for safety and integrity you can count on.

Limited Ingredient

Made using the fewest, most essential ingredients to provide high-quality nutrition, enticing taste and optimal digestibility.

Grain Free & Gluten Free

Vital Cat is certified gluten free, with no fillers like wheat, corn or soy, and no grains, rendered by-products or artificial ingredients.

Freeze-Dried Raw

Freeze-dried using a unique 48-hour process to preserve essential nutrients and lock in the real meat flavor cats love.

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Questions & Answers

25 Customer Questions

My cat is not a big water drinker, so I'm concerned about feeding this as a strictly dry diet. I know it says they can be reydrated with water, but how much do you add and is it enough to give my cat sufficient moisture in her diet so she doesn't get dehydrated?
Answer by ChewyMay 17, 2019
This formula is meant to be fed as a complete meal. If your pet rarely uses the water bowl, choose the option of adding water to help balance out moisture intake. On average, adding 1/2-1 tablespoon of water is needed to rehydrate food.

The tubs were 10.5oz, the new bags are 8oz. How many patties are in the new bags?
Answer by ChewyMar 25, 2019
While the patties are going to be packaged based on weight, there may be close to 13-14 mini patties per 8 ounce bag.

If I am going from one brand of Raw Foods to another brand, do I still need to slowly transition the food?
Answer by ChewyJan 14, 2019
Typically, once a pet has effectively transitioned to a raw food diet, most pets can rotate between formulas without issue.

what's the carb percent on a dry matter basis?
Answer by ChewyDec 12, 2018
This product contains less than 1% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.

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86 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By junhan on May 18, 2022

Now have terrible chemical smell (not in the past)

I purchased three bags of this product every month, for two years. This month and last month, 6 bags in total, and 2 of them have extremely strong chemical smell — definitely not the regular smell of this product, definitely not made to be fed as cat food, definitely something is wrong. Please, change the quality, but honestly I won’t purchase this again since I see a risk here.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By AmyAnn on Mar 24, 2022

Come on Vital.

What is going on with the variation of texture/bones with this freeze dried product? My cats have been eating this for two years, and i, like others, have been putting plenty of money in their pockets and all were asking for is patties that arent hard as a rock, only containing blood and bone chunks. there is no “muscle” no true meat to these anymore, and more than half the time it’s just condensed dried blood and huge chunks of sharp bone. I know. Cats eat bone in the wild. Its why we are buying it, my concern is the AMOUNT of *sharp* bones in each patty. its quite alarming, almost 3-4 tablespoons of large bone hunks in 1 patty, and a serving of almost 3 patties a day? come on guys. We fill your pockets, and the least you can do is make. your product. consistent. READ OUR COMMENTS AND OUR EMAILS! Once in a blue moon (what i used to get) I’ll receive an evenly dispensed bag without the texture of rock and concrete. RARELY, and this is the texture it used to be. Might just move on to another raw brand and let go of this loyalty to this smaller company. Stella and Chewys is much too expensive but has been my alternative from these disappointing bags.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Melissa on Feb 9, 2022

Used to love

I loved this item and it was good, but just like another reviewer it seems the quality has gone down. I just had to throw out 8 bags of these due to them being rock solid. They are usually pretty soft and easy to crumble up, but these last two orders it seems somethings changed. They all had 2023 expiration dates and weren't opened so I don't know what the issue is, but I'm probably going to look for another food because they are expensive and I can't take hit or miss especially when I buy them on a regular basis so I have plenty in stock. Previously I would have rated them 4 or 5 stars, but I can't do that after having this many bags be bad.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By MMor on Apr 5, 2022

Same as other reviews - cats hate now

I purchased a bag of the chicken a few weeks ago and the whole thing is going to waste - cats sniff and walk away. Wonder what changed?

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By seelexirun on Dec 14, 2021

used to be good

My cats used to love this food and I liked it for them. I’d have given it 5 stars until recently. The last few bags have been all tendons and bones and are nearly inedible. I’m thinking of contacting the manufacturer and hoping to try it again but for now I won’t order it again.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By cats on Mar 10, 2022

moldy bags of food

cats and I could both smell the mold and they refused Three out of Four bags no good.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Miya on Dec 7, 2021

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I have a senior cat (16 years old), and she has feline diabetes. Before giving her insulin injections I give her a little bit of the chicken patty (making sure she has something in her stomach to absorb the insulin). She loves its!!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Nana on Oct 13, 2021

Bone heavy

The chicken Patties are the least favorite flavor for my cats out of all of VE’s protein choices. It (amongst other proteins) all contains small sharp bones so do be careful when crumbling they apart.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lissla on Oct 24, 2021
Top 250 Contributor

Foster and resident approved

My foster kittens love this stuff as well as one of my newer resident kittens. One patty does the trick for those hungry, growing kitties

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By HannahandHerCats on May 13, 2021

new formula- does it still include bone?!

Very disappointed in VE for changing their formula, and disappointed with Chewy as well for not updating the information on their site. This brand has been my go-to for almost a year, if not more. VE changed their formula with no explanation to their customers, and now the packaging no longer states whether it includes ground bone. I made another small purchase for now because I am having a hard time finding anything comparable to the original VE formula in freeze-dried form, but once I do I will likely no longer purchase VE. It’s a shame, I was recommending them to everyone I know and now I don’t feel confident doing so or even feeding VE to my cats with the synthetic mineral complexes added. I can only assume their meat is no longer high quality and they had to change to something of lesser quality, meaning they now have to add the mineral complexes. Tip: if you want to see the updated ingredient information, click on the picture of the back of the package and enlarge it. THAT is what you are now getting, NOT the ingredients Chewy states, at least until they update their site. I was previously very confident in Chewy and Vital Essentials. Sigh... I guess all good things come to an end.