VITAL ESSENTIALS Minnows Freeze-Dried Cat Treats, 0.5-oz bag -

Vital Essentials Minnows Freeze-Dried Cat Treats, 0.5-oz bag

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Rated 4.1872 out of 5 stars

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About This Item


  • Made out of a single source protein with no added hormones, antibiotics, fillers or flavorings.
  • Packed with nutrient rich raw meat for overall health and vitality.
  • No synthetic vitamins or minerals.
  • Can be given daily for training or snacking.
  • Grain-free and gluten-free treats are perfect for cats with sensitivities.

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About Vital Essentials Cat Treats

Vital Cat Freeze-Dried Treats

There are so many options for your cat to love with Vital Cat freeze-dried treats. Available in a variety of meat varieties, each one is purely raw with no junk ingredients. Expect an excited and affectionate kitty when you bring out Vital Cat treats.

Raw Nutrition Boost

Cats thrive on raw treats, which supply protein and nutrients they need to fuel their daily adventures. Boost your furry friend’s diet and up the excitement factor by adding raw freeze-dried Vital Essentials cat treats to it. They come in a convenient resealable pouch and make the perfect reward, meal mixer, between-meal snack or dinner topper.

Limited Ingredient, Raw and Made in the USA

Vital Cat raw cat treats are minimally processed, crafted from limited ingredients, and made and packaged in the USA. They contain 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 treats 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 and enticing taste. Great for picky eaters, too!

Grain Free & Gluten Free

Certified gluten free, grain free cat treats with no fillers like wheat, corn or soy, and no 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.

Pure Protein: Raw Cat Treats

Real meat is the #1 and only ingredient, for a pure raw meaty taste your kitty will love. Meat contains antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, minerals and phytochemicals—the building blocks for a healthy, vital life. Meat is also a great source of taurine, which cats need to keep their eyes and heart muscles healthy. Feed these freeze-dried, all-meat treats and prepare for lots of happy purrs!

About Vital Essentials

Vital Essentials believes that every pet deserves access to the finest quality food and treats, so they strive to produce the most healthy, delicious, innovative and biologically appropriate pet food available. Vital Essentials foods are made right here in the USA, using real, ethically sourced, humanely harvested meat and only the finest ingredients. Your best friend deserves nothing less.
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Questions & Answers

21 Customer Questions

Do minnows have high mercury content?

What is the difference between the minnows for cats and the minnows for dogs?
Answer by ChewyJun 27, 2018
The only notable difference is the size of the bags available. Both the dog and cat versions have identical nutritional value

Are minnows actually anchovy?
Answer by ChewyDec 20, 2018
Minnows and Anchovies are not the same type of fish. An anchovy is a small common forage fish of the family Engraulidae while Minnow is the common name for a number of species of small freshwater fish, belonging to the family Cyprinidae.

Aren't these the same as the minnows for dogs except half the size?
Answer by ChewyOct 25, 2017
These are 100% freeze-dried minnows, safe to be used by all pets.

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By SchoolOfHardKnox on Feb 16, 2023

Great in theory

These interested my cat, Knox, at first because it was something new & fishy. He ate 1 and I tried to see if he wanted another one later in the day, but he just sniffed it and pawed at the floor to "cover it" which is what he does when he doesn't like something. I tried splitting it in half, then it became a fun game for him and ended up batting the minnow head and tail around the living room for at least 5 minutes. I had to the minnow remains which I ended up finding tucked under an area rug. Maybe your cat will like them, but I am not very interested in finding uneaten minnows around my home!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Claire on Mar 17, 2023

Cat loves them, easy to eat

I wasn’t sure if my cat would eat these. He usually has to take a lot of time to inspect his food before eating, but he crunched right into the first one I offered without question. So far, he’s only rejected one once, but that was only half of it so I think he just wasn’t hungry.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By BFoxie on Feb 20, 2023

All Cats Approved!

I bought these for my cats to add to their slow feeder puzzle game and they love them. We have 9 cats (Don’t judge) all rescue and all have different health issues. ( that's why they stayed here) Some are more finicky than others, but they all go crazy for these. I might try the dog ones only because they are bigger. Try them, your cats will thank you.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By PKhayes on Feb 23, 2023

Worried my cats will choke on them, very hard

I was a bit surprised when I opened them, they are freeze dried but a very hard weird type of freeze dried. I really had to break them up for fear my 23 and 12 years old might choke on them. I am always looking for healthier treats they like, but this would not be one for me. I am a helicopter mom!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MoMomma on Mar 21, 2023

A Definite Buy

As a first time cat guardian, I wanted to buy only healthy, delicious treats. Have tried a multitude of treats and stumbled upon this brand. The Kiddos Love Love Love the freeze dried minnows!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jules on Mar 17, 2023


My cat absolutely adores these treats. They are his favorite and I feel good giving them to them since they are whole fish!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SaladFingers on Feb 22, 2023

Perfect treat

Both my kittens are obsessed with these. They love to play with them a little before pouncing and eating them and get so excited when they see the bag!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Lori on Feb 23, 2023

Freeze -dried minnows

Two of my cats absolutely love these, the other one, not so much. Just goes to show you they all have different tastes and personalities!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Maryw on Jan 30, 2023

As described

Well I liked these but all 4 of my cats did not. They were all whole and not broken. Maybe other kitties like them but I guess I have picky kitties. Give them a try though.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Cheyennew on Jan 29, 2023

Just depends on the cat (or dog)

The indoor adult cats do not like these. The kitten loves them. One outdoor cat likes them, the other outdoor cat does not. The dog likes them. It is just hit or miss here.