VITAL ESSENTIALS Duck Dinner Patties Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Freeze-Dried Cat Food, 8-oz bag -

Vital Essentials Duck Dinner Patties Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Freeze-Dried Cat Food

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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.

Questions & Answers

13 Customer Questions

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.

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.

I don’t see ground bone or bonemeal on the ingredient list. What’s the source of calcium?
Answer by ChewySep 11, 2021
This food is made with whole meat, organs and bones.

Is this ok to feed to kittens?
Answer by ChewySep 03, 2020
This food is suitable for cats of all ages.

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Rated 3.6324 out of 5 stars
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68 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Abida on Mar 12, 2023

Scary dangerous big chunks of bone -- not edible

Over the last few months, the duck patties have contained giant scary chunks of bone. The food used to be pretty ground up, then pressed into patties, no big chunks of anything. Now, the meat is the same, but (I can't say it enough) BIG scary chunks of bone. I first noticed the problem, hearing my boys crunching something...they grimace and look like they're in pain trying to eat. The manufacturer should really address this situation.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LL on Apr 28, 2023

One of the best brands available

This is a staple of our cats' menu. One of the top brands for ingredient profile and protein quality and ++made in USA. Cats absolutely devour it.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By H6627 on Apr 5, 2023

My cat vomit twice

Ragdoll. Everything's normal. Never vomit before. Really bizarre. Don't recommend this product.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Nickname1 on Nov 17, 2022

Sharp sharp bones

I know VE include bones in their products. It was totally fine with me until I found FOUR pieces of bones in ONE patty. One was larger than my fingernail and it was very sharp that I felt it cut my finger as I break the patty into pieces. Will not buy this flavor again. For those who feed freeze dried, please watch for large pieces of bones!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Gloria on Apr 3, 2023

Kitten doesn't like duck dinner patties

My kitten love to eat Rabbit and Chicken. But she doesn't like duck. SAD

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By tommy on Oct 18, 2022

Best Cat Food

My cat Aspen wasn’t a huge fan of chicken or turkey, but he loves this stuff. He reminds me exactly when meal times are everyday. I add some water to it but he wouldn’t care either way.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Zendegy on Aug 1, 2022

The verdict is unanimous

Nothing I do can convince any of my 6 cats to ingest ANY of this duck. They love duck in other manifestations. Not this one. I also found it very difficult to thoroughly moisten a patty. Little areas of dryness remain, even after earnest efforts to wet them. Seems a negative especially considering that hydration can be an issue for cats.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Catmomma on Sep 22, 2022

My cats vote NO!!!!

Neither of my cats would touch this, also it had some really big very hard pieces. They love the chicken and rabbit but this one is a no go!!!!

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 5 out of 5 stars
By Gidget on Aug 27, 2022

Great food

Chloe really likes this food although I cannot wet it first. she does drink water so I think it's ok.