Vital Essentials Chicken Mini Nibs Freeze-Dried Cat Food, 12-oz bag

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  • Limited-ingredient cat food––great if you feed your feline friend a raw diet.
  • Made with high-quality ingredients, like chicken sourced from the USA.
  • Free of added fillers, coloring, preservatives 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

23 Customer Questions

How many cups in a 12oz bag?
Answer by ChewyFeb 20, 2020
There is approximately six (6) 1-cup servings in the 12-ounce bag of Mini Nibs cat food.

I really want my cats to eat this food, how can I get them to eat this?
Answer by ChewyApr 08, 2020
Switch to a purely raw diet slowly. Some pets may take to raw immediately, while others may take longer because they are hooked on the added flavorings in traditional pet food. Take at least 10 days to 2 weeks to gradually transition your pet’s diet. This gives the digestive system time to adjust to the new food. Please refer to the photo below for transitioning ratios:

What is the carbohydrate % of this food?
Answer by ChewyJan 15, 2020
The carbohydrate content of all Vital Essentials proteins and entrees is less than 1.0%. This limited amount comes from the natural sugar found in animal tissues.

What is the benefit of the raw goat milk in this food?
Answer by ChewyApr 20, 2018
Full of trace minerals, vitamins, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein and fatty acids, unpasteurized goat’s milk is incredibly easy for our dogs and cats to digest and utilize. It lessens mucous and inflammation and has tremendous immune boosting properties.

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107 Customer Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Woodrow on Apr 18, 2022

Just another dry food.

Beware! This food does not rehydrate like other freeze dried foods- it is to be fed dry! . I bought this to add to my cat's rotation of raw and freeze dried foods. Assuming it was supposed to be fed like other FD foods I added water and then tried to break up the pieces- but they wouldn't absorb the water. When I read the feeding instructions I saw that it's supposed to be fed as a dry food! Why would I buy a freeze dried food only to feed it dry? If you're looking for a good quality freeze dried food that you can actually make moist this isn't it.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By MacNcheese on Feb 20, 2022

Pretty good

Chunks are a little too big for one of my cats so he either doesn’t eat it or plays with it on the carpet for a while before he eventually tries to eat it. I usually feed them royal canin kibbles which are about 3/4 times smaller so there’s probably an adjustment period. Overall they like it.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By chris on Apr 10, 2022

One bag went off

I bought 10 bags last month but one of them went off. It smells terrible and my cat vomits after eating it.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Boomeister on Feb 8, 2022

Meh for our cats but who knows?

This is a quality product, but our cats were "meh", paid the treats or food very little attention, left most un-eaten. Other cats may love them, worth a try.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Anne on Oct 11, 2021

all three cats love these, and it's good for them

I have used the VE beef nibs for dogs for years, and I finally tried the cat version. All three of my cats love these treats. They are a complete food, what is a nice extra. They smell slightly fishy, but not over the top. Definitely recommend them for cats that don't tolerate grains.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By CPat on Feb 10, 2022

tasty treats

These are a hit with my cat. For now she hasn't lost interest.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By milky on Aug 9, 2021

so weird that my kitten doesn’t like it

I purchased the chicken flavor and duck flavor. I was afraid he would like the chicken flavor then not willing to eat the duck flavor. Therefore, I put the duck flavor into his diet in first week, he likes duck flavor and cleans the plate every time. When I was confident about the chicken flavor because it is popular than the duck flavor, but it was not what I expected, he left half plate and not willing to finish it even though I feed him. That still a great product, I think just not to my kitten’s weird taste.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SashasFav on Oct 31, 2021

Best Cat Food Ever!

My cat loves this food and is more interactive with me as a result. He has more energy as well.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By different on Aug 2, 2021

my picky cat

I ordered these because my picky cat, ZZ, loved the freeze-dried patty's but they tended to be messy. I thought these crunchies would be more functional. I was wrong, he stuck his nose up and walked away from them. Guess I'm back to the patty's.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By pmswag on Sep 3, 2021

Quality, but taste?

Quality product, great ingredients, high protien.... I just wish she'd eat it. I don't know if it's the taste or the texture, but she won't eat it.