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

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  • 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

20 Customer Questions

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.

Are these intended to be given to cats straight from the bag, or soaked in warm water first? Or are both acceptable? Thanks!
Answer by ChewyMay 22, 2019
It's not required to soak treat before feeding.

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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.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By AJ16 on Dec 16, 2022

so funny to see them eat actual fish

my cats don't recognize things besides kibble or pate as food most of the time, and some treats they're even uninterested in, but these they like crunching - although some days i have to break them in half so they can smell them better

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By LaurenR on Dec 20, 2022

My Rescue Cat is Obsessed with these!

Not every cat will like these: My two born and raised domestic cats have no clue that these are treats. They just sniff and look confused. My other cat who is a young adult former stray cat, LOVES these! She is addicted!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By emily on Jan 6, 2023

My cats love it

Both of my cats devour these things. I use them as toppers for their meals and they LOVE them. Great way to get them some fresher food and keeps them busy while they crunch on it!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Tinn on Jan 20, 2023

Not for my cats

I really like the idea of this but my cats (3) didn't care one iota for these. Went to a good home though, one of the neighbors cats seemed to like em!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SuzyQ on Jan 13, 2023

Great treat!

Not all my cats like these, but the ones that do absolutely love them more than anything else in the world! Even though expensive, I get these for those cats.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By thecaptainsushi on Dec 4, 2022

cat loves them!

My treat loving cat is obsessed with these minnows. Anytime we touch the package he goes nuts! Highly recommend everyone try these at least once. They are stinky but I think that’s part of why he loves them so much.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Kcat on Dec 30, 2022

2 out of 3

My boys love these treats ! The girl will hold out for crunchy treats. These are much better for them! Only problem is the price for what you get.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Judy on Jan 23, 2023

Not a hit with cats

Tried this on 5 cats, both dry and soaked in water. Only one would even pay attention to them.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on Nov 15, 2022

Definitely recommend

Decided to add these to my order just to see if my cat would like them as a special treat. She absolutely loved them so much. I will be buying these again and will probably try out some other flavors.