Vital Essentials Rabbit Dinner Patties Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Freeze-Dried Cat Food, 8-oz bag
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- Limited-ingredient cat food––great if you feed your feline friend a raw diet.
- Made with high-quality ingredients and single-sourced animal 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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64 Customer Reviews
Limited ingredient, novel protein, cats love it
I first bought this for an elimination diet I was doing for one of my cats. He really likes the flavor so even though he's not on a special diet anymore I still buy it for him and his brother, who also enjoys it. Actually they love pretty much all Vital Essentials products I've tried, they tend to have a strong game-y scent which I think the cats like. I crush the patties and sprinkle over wet foot as a topper. They seem to prefer it dry as opposed to rehydrated.
This is some good stuff
My cat has become a very picky eater. If even the slightest change is made he stops eating the food. This has been amazing for him. He loves it and it is easy to break apart and prepare. Definitely recommend!
Like crack for kittens
My kitten is obsessed with this food. I did learn, however, that giving your kitty fish sometimes ensures she starts to refuse other food. One of the ingredients in this is herring oil. Coincidence? Or does the fish oil ensure she will eat this and no other food?
my cat loves this stuff but when i’m breaking it up, i often feel extremely sharp pieces that do not break down or anything. i have to throw them out. it worries me if my cat ingests one. please fix this issue!!! otherwise great product and my vet also verified it’s a good product.
Winner, winner, rabbit dinner
Millie needed to go on a novel protein diet for chronic ear infections and see if she could get some relief by avoiding common allergens. Millie is also diabetic, asthmatic and hypertensive. I puchased some rabbit cat food, limited ingredient style, and she was underwhelmed by it. I purchased this and ended up sprinkling it on top of the "lid" food so she will eat it. She loves this stuff and I also bought the treats from this same brand. These squares of freeze dried food are soft so they are not difficult to crumble up. Millie really likes this rabbit formula and it is helping her stick to her restricted diet.
The Gourmet and Gourmand both loved it, but ...
... after reading reviews on Chewy, I decided to break up the last bit of a bag and inspect for plastic and/or paper and/or (?). Maybe what I found is just dehydrated rabbit bits. The questionable bits were many small, slender, slightly curved, flexible pieces of (?) that reminded me of fish bones. Unfortunately, I didn't have the presence of mind to take any pictures. Vital Essentials Rabbit Dinner Patties is good quality cat food from everything I've read via reputable sources, and my two loved it. Finding something both will eat and that the one with IBD can keep down is a major accomplishment. Hopefully what I removed is part of the rabbit and I was just being overcautious. I'll update my review when or if I get any new information.
Kitties loved it! Until the tummy issues
My kitties enjoyed this food a lot better than the primal nuggets, about as much as stella, but even with doing a slow intro AND it being a protein they’ve tried before it really upset one of their tummies. Let me tell you, baby wiping a kittys butt is not a pleasant experience for either party involved. Maybe others would have a better experience :(
This is not the same as the frozen raw.
I purchased this because the frozen raw patties are currently back ordered. I just assumed it would be similar since it's just freeze dried but the rabbit would be the same. My cats will not go near this. They inhale the frozen raw but will not touch this. Sigh*
good for tender tummy
One of my furbabies has a delicate digestion, and these rabbit patties seem to be just right for her tender tummy. She was a kibble addict, and I've tried so many different formulas to please her desire for dry food without the upset stomach experience. I simply break off a portion of the patty and crumble as a topper/side to her wet food. She gobbles it up, and no more vomiting or fussiness at the litter box. As another poster mentioned, I too found a few strange, pink strings in the patties (found 3 in one bag), and a bone fragment that I felt was too big/sharp for digestion. So I certainly recommend pet parents to inspect each portion before serving. Hence the rating for this product is minus 1 star for quality control. Otherwise a great product that I would highly recommend.
My one kitty ( out of 2) has LOVED every freeze dried patty over the years. I do grind it first then place into warm water. However - yes, there does seem to be more shards of bone recently. Most soften with the warm water, although a few do not - so I stir and examine it before putting it down. My biggest complaint however is their Calorie count stated on each bag. I would give Gracie the Vital Patty in the morning - then weigh out different varieties of wet canned food later in the day - not to exceed 200 calories. Gracie lost some weight- then it seemed harder and she even would go up a few ounces. This perplexed me until I started to weigh the Vital dry Patty’s - and found great inconsistency of weight. I contacted Vital and was told “each patty is 0.5 ounces”. Well no - it is NOT. I told them this, as well as sent photos of three different flavors sitting on a food scale. Not One is 0.5 ounces. The range has so far been 0.47 to 0.71ounces , with the same bag having even different weights within. They then changed their tune, in telling me there Would “always be inconsistencies due to protein, moisture and fat variances”. This really angered me - their being so deceptive - both on the package and in written communication. I suggested they state their calories in Ounces - not Patty’s. If your cat is on a diet - Weigh their food. If you break the patty to equal 0.5 ounce - that usually is not very much food.