VITAL ESSENTIALS Duck Mini Nibs Freeze-Dried Cat Food, 12-oz bag -

Vital Essentials Duck Mini Nibs Freeze-Dried Cat Food

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Rated 3.725 out of 5 stars

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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 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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Nutritional Information

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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

9 Customer Questions

What is the % of ash/minerals? I have a male cat I want to take off of Rx diet for urinary card (garbage ingredients) but I want to make sure it is safe for him.
Answer by ChewyNov 15, 2017
The ash percentage in this formula is 3.95% on a dry matter basis. Being your pet is currently on a prescription diet we encourage you to speak with your vet before switching diets.

Is Vital Essentials for cats a raw diet? Doesn't say on package.
Answer by ChewyApr 01, 2018
The formula is a Raw Freeze-Dried diet.

Does this food have taurine in it? Can't find it on ingredients list. If it does, how much? Thank you
Answer by ChewyFeb 21, 2019
The Taurine content is 0.23% on an as fed basis.

What are phosphorus & sodium levels for the Vital Essentials DUCK & RABBIT freeze dried raw nibs? Thank you.
Answer by ChewySep 08, 2021
This recipe has a Phosphorus content of 1.30% on a dry matter basis and a Sodium content of 0.420% on a dry matter basis.

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Rated 3.725 out of 5 stars
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40 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Iris on Jan 18, 2022

Odd smell, my cat wont eat it

I order three packs of this flavor, and my cat dislike it. Not to mention one of these packs has really bad smell.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tangyuan on Aug 3, 2021

observe for a week

My kitten is a four months old boy. He willing to finish it when I help him cut the food to smaller pieces. Up to now, he can clean the plate every time.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By BarbaCloud on Jul 27, 2021

I love the product at first

My cats love Vital essential so much. I bought 5 pack of duck flavor mini nibs this time I find out some is not as crunchy as before. Seems like having some problem with the packaging.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tammy on Sep 9, 2021

Cats love these

All 4 of my cats love these. They love the crunch . I mix them in their wet food , they enjoy all the flavors

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Catdogmomma on Jan 24, 2021

Vital Essentials

I have purchased the duck entree in cat and dog version, my dog eats The Farmers Dog, and I put the Vital Essentials in what would be her dry food bowl.. (She really only had dry food as a puppy) she eats it if she's hungry. My kitties have just transitioned from Stella And Chewys freeze dried duck duck goose entree as of last week. They seem to be doing well. They are transitioning from Just Cats (cat version of Just Food For Dogs) to Darwins raw as we speak. I don't think my cat with Hyperthyroidism is eating the Vital Essentials, that I've seen.. But my other 3 are liking it.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By SueA on Mar 19, 2021

Very cronchy

Are these nibs supposed to be stone hard? I had to smash them with a spoon and then hydrate them for my 2 senior boys. But, the upside... my guys love these!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Tomasina on Oct 19, 2020

Cats love it

My picky cat has been enjoying it so far. I purchased this to address his ongoing IBS issues and while it's too soon to say whether it's helping with that, it's an A+ with both cats.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Maryann on Aug 7, 2020

Great for my Senior cat! Pre-Diabetic, elevated kidney issues, Please READ!

3 years ago, my cat was urinating more often than usual. My vet ran some tests & found that she may be pre-diabetic & wanted to start her on insulin & a rx cat food. (The ingredients are HORRIBLE! I did not buy it or start her on the insulin). Her kidney values were also slightly elevated. I already researched that dry cat food is NOT good for cats and the RX cat food is made with cheap junky fillers. I switched her to a pate' high quality canned food, which I get from Chewy. I went back to the vet 2 weeks later for new tests and guess what?!! All of her levels were now normal! Thank goodness I researched this, if not she would be on insulin and RX cat food and maybe not doing as well. In the last year, I introduced my cat to the Vital Cat Line of Nibs and Patties due to the ingredients and the fact they are freeze dried with all the great ingredients cats need. There are different flavors but my angel loves the Duck. How to introduce your cat...This is important, like many new buyers to freeze dried, there are steps to slowly introduce your cat to these products. I was disappointed when I followed the instructions, saw my cat sniff and walk away. I had high hopes. But I didn't give up. SHE LOVES THIS NOW & devours it!! With the mini nibs, I use a small hammer to gently squash the nib, as this releases the smell and flavor. I leave a few nibs not squashed so they can assist with cleaning her teeth and gums. I mix the nibs with the Patties, which I crumble into the same bowl. This is now her food that is left out all day for her to nibble on. I also add 5 drops of the kidney support gold, which I get from Chewy. (I add these drops because she's a senior and it truly helps my cat with keeping her kidneys well). I just take a fork or spoon and mix together the dry nibs and patties with the drops of kidney support gold. For the pate wet canned cat food, she gets this twice a day. I take 1/2 a patty of the Vital Cat patties and crumble it into shreds with my hand into 1/2 can of the wet pate' canned food. I also add 5 drops of the kidney support gold into her wet cat food. She doesn't eat the whole bowl at once, so I just put it back into the fridge when she walks away and reuse it for her 2nd meal and top it off when needed. Every year, for her senior check up with full panel testing, the vet says she is doing amazing!! Try crumbling the nibs and/or patties, it works!! No junky fillers and good things for your cat's body!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Gaxx on Jun 27, 2020

Healthy Healthy Healthy

My 2 fur babies love love these, but it’s is $$$$$, so I give it to them as a treat.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Krystin on Jan 11, 2020

This food is too good

My cat is obsessed with the treat form. Can't leave the bag out. He will chew through it. I tried other flavors. Nope didn't like them. My fiance bought this to try cuz why not. He freaked out. In a good way when we opened the bag he was demanding us to give it to him while we were figuring out how to rehydrate it. The second I set it down he was gulping it down like he was a 3rd world starving victim. Immediately demanding more. I made the mistake of leaving the bag out till I got off work the next day and he knocked the bag off the fridge and chewed through the bag eating half of it. This food is to good. Only buy if you can replace frequently. My cat will be mad when he finds out that it will run out before the weeks up and he's not getting more till next payday.