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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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.

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Top IngredientsRabbit, Rabbit Liver, Rabbit Heart...Turkey, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver...Duck, Duck Gizzard, Duck Heart...Chicken, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver...Rabbit, Rabbit Liver, Rabbit Heart...
Special DietGluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...
Food FlavorRabbit, MeatTurkey, PoultryDuck, PoultryChicken, PoultryRabbit, Meat
Health FeatureUrinary Tract Health, Shedding Control, Skin & Coat HealthUrinary Tract Health, Shedding Control, Skin & Coat HealthUrinary Tract Health, Skin & Coat Health, Shedding ControlUrinary Tract Health, Shedding Control, Skin & Coat HealthImmune Support, Vitamins & Minerals, Skin & Coat Health
Food FormFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-Dried
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Questions & Answers

31 Customer Questions


How many patties are in a 8 ounce bag??
Answer by ChewySep 04, 2019
Although this product is packaged based on weight, there are approximately 14-15 mini patties per bag.

How many patties do you feed one cat a day???
Answer by ChewyNov 09, 2017
The weight of your cat determines the serving size (per patty) that should be given. Cats 1 1/2 - 2 pounds should be given 1/4 patty, 3 - 5 pounds should be given 1/2 patty, 6 – 7 pounds should be given 1 patty, 8 – 11 pounds should be given 1 1/4 patties and cats 12 pounds should be given 2 patties. The above feeding guide is based on feeding 2% of body weight. Growing kittens and pregnant or nursing cats may require as much as 3-4% of body weight fed daily during early growth and high bio-performance requirement periods.

is the new product "whole prey" like the old product? I'm pretty sure the bones, cartilage, etc are really important for my cat's digestion.
Answer by ChewyApr 05, 2021
All of Vital Essentials freeze dried entrees are a a complete and balanced diet. They include the muscle meat, organ and bones just as the old formula did.

Do the Rabbit patties rehydrate any better than the Nibs do?
Answer by ChewyFeb 07, 2018
Both products are formulated to rehydrate the same way.


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64 Customer Reviews



Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By AMNgas on Aug 24, 2022

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kitin on Aug 10, 2022

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!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on Jul 14, 2022

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?


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By gianna on Jun 25, 2022

sharp pieces

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Peacefeline on May 14, 2022

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.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By OlOpposableThumbs on Apr 24, 2022

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.


Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on May 23, 2022

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 :(


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By BeSt on May 15, 2022

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*


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By thebklynblujay on Mar 8, 2022

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.


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Givekittylove on Apr 6, 2022

knowingly deceptive

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.