Vital Essentials Minnows Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Treats

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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

21 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.

Where are these freeze-dried? Is any part of this process affiliated with China? And does the same to for the salmon freeze-dried treats?
Answer by ChewyMar 28, 2022
All Vital Essentials treats are sources and manufactured in the USA.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Isabel on Nov 19, 2023

Fun for everyone!

My cats LOVE these treats. We've tried the other varieties and they love them, too. But I find the minnows hilarious. Brings back memories of fishing with my dad. I usually scatter the treats around so the cats can hunt them. Unlike some other treats, there's no dust left behind after the treats are gobbled up.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Zoe on Oct 29, 2023

Cats are obsessed

I’ve tried freeze dried treats before and my cats weren’t huge fans. But something about this brand makes them go FERAL. It’s a great treat to reward them after they get flea medicine put on or their teeth brushed. There’s a substantial amount of minnows in the 0.5 oz bag too, enough to last a good while even giving them to two cats semi-regularly. I’ll definitely be buying more in the future.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jeanette on Oct 23, 2023

Tux and Shoes approve!

I used to order these for my Pearl-cat but none of the other cats in the house liked them, so when Pearl passed away, I donated the packages I had to a local rescue. Earlier this month, you (Chewy) offered a deal on these so I decided to try again with the newest kitties in the house (Tux and Shoes) and they definitely approve! So we will be ordering these from now on for adding to their meals.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Peggy on Nov 21, 2023

First time customer

These are more pricey than I would normally buy for my Ninja Kitty. I was given some last Christmas and my Ninja Kitty LOVED them! Because of the introductory offer I had received, I decided to get some more. I will be ordering this item in the future!

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Char on Nov 28, 2023

Rejected by 3 cats

I gave them to my cat, who is not particularly fussy. He smelled them, tried to bite one, spit it out and then just stared at me. I gave the rest of the bag to a friend for his 2 cats, and both of those cats rejected them also.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Syd on Nov 13, 2023

the best ones

out of all the freeze dried treats I bought these were the biggest hit. my 1 year old is obsessed, her 2 older siblings were uninterested until they saw her eating them. my only complaint is I feel like it doesn't come with a lot of treats in the bag

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ahsasasha on Aug 12, 2023

Just treats, not dinner Petey!

Petey looooves these crunchy, ugly, little desiccated-deliciousnesses with their eyes and tails still intact. Not for the faint-hearted but certainly better than some of the other things this little half-wild Texas Forest Cat has dragged into the house. Our feline fur-friends, though mostly domesticated, are still metabolically desperate for live, wild raw-meat. This is as close as they can usually get to it. These do require washing down with a drink afterward. They are as described, freeze-dried raw. Highly recommend. Especially if your cat is confined indoors and can't provide necessary raw, live food for health.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Jasmine on Oct 22, 2023

Kitty Was Not Impressed

I really thought my cat would enjoys these! She loves vital treats but unfortunately she did not care for these. She played with it for a little, and refused to eat her wet food that had a few minnows in it, until I took them out. I'm hoping she'll change her mind!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jenessa on Nov 9, 2023

Picky cat approves!

My kitty sniffed it for a few seconds and then chomped it down. She is very picky about her food. Took about 5 tries each to find a good wet food, dry food, treat. So I was excited to see her eat this.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Dana on Nov 7, 2023


Bella & Clara my fur babies would not touch this. They looked at me like I must be either crazy or joking, even my feral I feed passed on it. Either the possum or raccoon did eat it though.