Vital Essentials Duck 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 and protein.
  • 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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Top IngredientsDuck, Duck Gizzard, Duck Heart...Turkey, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver...Chicken, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver...Rabbit, Rabbit Liver, Rabbit Heart...Duck, Duck Gizzard, Duck Heart...
Special DietGluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Grain-Free, Raw, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Pea-Free, High-Protein
Food FlavorDuck, PoultryTurkey, PoultryChicken, PoultryRabbit, MeatDuck, Poultry
Health FeatureUrinary Tract Health, Skin & Coat Health, Shedding ControlUrinary Tract Health, Shedding Control, Skin & Coat HealthUrinary Tract Health, Shedding Control, Skin & Coat HealthUrinary Tract Health, Shedding Control, Skin & Coat HealthHigh Protein
Food FormFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-Dried

Questions & Answers

16 Customer Questions

How many patties are included in each bag? I don't see it listed anywhere.
Answer by THX1138Dec 04, 2021
From below: 'While the patties are going to be packaged based on weight, there may be close to 13-14 mini patties per 8 ounce bag'

Why no taurine listed? Cats really need the supplement taurine to be healthy
Answer by ChewyFeb 28, 2018
Taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid mostly found in muscle meat and organs like heart, kidney and liver and in seafood. Since this product contains Finely Ground Duck With Bone, Duck Heart, Duck Liver and Duckgizzard a taurine supplement isn't needed.

Remove as much air as possible when closing zipper and store in cool, dark place. Best if fed within 30 days of opening." So, this means that it does NOT have to be frozen again? I am confused. These are frozen patties that do not have to be frozen?
Answer by ChewyMar 01, 2018
These patties are freeze-dried. This can be fed as is or rehydrated with warm water. After adding water, let sit for a few minutes and then serve. To maximize freshness, do not break original seal until ready to use. Remove as much air as possible when closing zipper and store in cool, dark place. Best if fed within 30 days of opening.

What is the carb percentage on dry basis?
Answer by ChewyJan 04, 2021
Due to the fact that Vital Essentials entrees do not contain any fruits, vegetables, or grains; there is less than 1% carbohydrate content. This small amount of carbohydrates is naturally occurring from animal tissues.

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53 Customer Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By MillionsDC on May 8, 2022

So many big pieces of bone it's inedible

Had very good luck with the pork flavor and since my cat likes duck already I figured we'd get this to try. Complete waste at the least since it would probably kill my cat. The size of chunks of bone are MUCH bigger than any of her teeth, they're jagged, there's a lot of them to the point picking out the big pieces just isn't enough. I mean they're the size of baby human teeth in some cases and we only did 2.5 patties! Also if you tried the other and it smelled a certain way, this will be the same. With no bone listed on the bag but it's clearly in there I'm not surprised that duck and pork smell almost identical... This company is a joke (vital cat) as well. For a 12 lb cat they say 2 patties and that's all they need to eat as this isn't a supplement only or anything. 2 patties is less than the calorie in one 3.5oz core wellness can and 25 less than a single can of Purina DM canned food. Also have tried the nibs and can say that dried beans rehydrate faster and more complete. 1\5 is the lowest I can go but this stuff shouldn't be on the market until they up their qc and have ingredients verified. Stella and Chewy is a great product in comparison and superior in every way. My picky diabetic senior cat who was losing weight has started to put it on again :) :)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By lolcat on Apr 26, 2022

Saved my cat

These are a godsend. My poor cat came down with horrible food allergies and we think IBS. She began throwing up once a night on her usual food. Lost 45% of her body weight. She has never been a picky eater. I could switch her to different brands, proteins, raw, wet, kibble she always ate. And then she stopped eating. Managed to find the Blue Essentials Duck and Potato wet food which she tolerated (ignored the kibble version though). Finally tried these and managed to eat 12 bowls of food in 24 hours (I'm tired, but also happy). She ate these even while fighting through a nasty URI when she wouldn't even look at anything else. She's begging me for food again right now. I hope she's back up to her normal weight soon...with as much as she's eating, it probably won't be long!

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Catmom on May 2, 2022


Chewy was kind enough to send a replacement when I reported that the batch in my bag was super dry/harder than usual. Unfortunately the replacement was from the same batch/expiration date. The bags I've had before were a bit more moist and easier to crumble. I like to do this to pick out any larger hard/sharp pieces. Going to wait it out before trying this again.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Cat25 on Apr 20, 2022

A resounding NO from the Gang of Four

I got this for my sensitive kitty as I was looking for some backup food in case I couldn’t get duck duck go but she wanted nothing to do with even a tiny bite offered. The others generally don’t eat the freeze dried raw stuff, so I passed this on to a feral cat coalition friend.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on Apr 8, 2022

great for sensitive tummies!

While Little Miss Picky won’t touch these, our younger boy goes crazy for them. He goes into wild cat mode when we serve them. He had horrible gas before, and this food seems to be exactly what his digestive system wanted.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By CatStuff on Jan 9, 2022

Hey you reading this!

They ground these patties finer! No more nickel-sized chunks of stuff and sharp bone pieces! Especially appreciated by my girl with no teeth. THANK YOU VITAL ESSENTIALS!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Amyc on Oct 26, 2021

Hard bits of bone and tendons

We have purchased this Vital Cat duck previously and our picky cat seemed to like it so I purchased again. This recent bag though seems a different meat quality and has many small round hard bone bits and also long thin tendon like pieces. Cat would not touch it. This one was reported to Chewy who nicely refunded promptly.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Taeyeon on Aug 10, 2021

Quite a few bits of bones

I’m certain the rabbit version of this freeze dried food saved my cat and my sanity so we were excited to start trying other versions. Duck seemed to be the logical next choice given our cat’s allergies. And he loves it, probably more than the rabbit. The bowl is licked clean each time. However we did notice that when preparing the duck version there are quite a few bits of sharp bones and such. Which given what I know about ducks and eaten duck before, duck is just a naturally boney meat. We just make sure to pick it out for the cats. Overall, for health and taste this is great. Prep is a bit more tedious but still worth it.

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

These STINK! And that's good!

I got these for my fancy little boys to enjoy as an occasional treat crumbled over their kibble. They went nuts over them as soon as I opened up the bag. I was less thrilled, because these are extremely, incredibly stinky. I use gloves to crumble them up inside a sandwich bag, and I still have to wash my hands thoroughly to get the stink off. That was very important recently, when it was so hot, my poor kitties didn't want to eat for a couple of days. They were getting lethargic, and I was getting worried. I crumbled up a patty, just to see if they were interested. As soon as they smelled it, they dove on top of their food for the first time in days and became their old selves in no time! If you have a kitty who is having a hard time eating, consider feeding them this stinky food. It grabs their attention and holds it, and it makes their fur glossy and soft!

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Dana on Jun 18, 2021

My cats say no way!

My cats love duck in other foods, but absolutely would not touch this. Took a sniff and walked away. I rehydrated them as they are used to extra moisture in their food. Gave them a couple hours and none of them would go back to it. I put the bowls outside for the strays but they wouldn't eat it either. I am sure it is not the quality of the food, but it seems l wasted my time and money on this.