Vital Essentials Turkey Dinner Patties Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Freeze-Dried Cat Food, 8-oz bag

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About This Item

  • Limited-ingredient cat food––great if you feed your feline friend a raw diet.
  • Made with high-quality ingredients, like USA-sourced turkey.
  • 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 IngredientsTurkey, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver...Duck, Duck Gizzard, Duck Heart...Chicken, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver...Turkey With Ground Bone, Turkey Liver, Turkey Gizzard...Pork, Pork Liver, Pork Spleen...
Special DietGluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Grain-Free, Gluten Free, Limited Ingredient Diet...Gluten Free, Grain-Free
Food FlavorTurkey, PoultryDuck, PoultryChicken, PoultryTurkey, PoultryPork, Meat
Health FeatureUrinary Tract Health, Shedding Control, Skin & Coat HealthUrinary Tract Health, Skin & Coat Health, Shedding ControlUrinary Tract Health, Shedding Control, Skin & Coat HealthDigestive Health, Appetite Stimulation, Vitamins & Minerals
Food FormFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-DriedFreeze-Dried
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Questions & Answers

15 Customer Questions


Is Taurine in this food?
Answer by ChewyMar 20, 2021
This recipe contains approximately 0.230% Taurine on a Dry Matter basis.

previous 10.5 oz version had 18 patties and calories were based by weight. how many patties are in this new 8 oz version?
Answer by ChewyOct 08, 2018
While the Vital Cat mini patties are going to be packaged based on weight, there can be 13-14 mini patties per bag.

How much does each patty weigh?
Answer by ChewyMay 09, 2018
Each patty weighs about 0.58 ounces.

The ingredients say "Turkey Eggs, Egg Shell Membrane..." My cat is allergic to chicken. Can you tell me if the "egg shell membrane" is from the "turkey eggs" in the ingredient list or could it be from chicken eggs, making the product unsuitable for my animal?
Answer by ChewyJun 10, 2019
The egg shell in this product is from Turkey Egg.


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Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By condokitties on Jan 21, 2022

first freeze dried food tried - mixed bag

super smelly when first opened bag, but after about a week, it no longer smells very strong at all. didn't realize how many bone bits - some actually quite large are in this. I try to pick most out as I was told bones are bad for pets anyway as they can harbor diseases in them. Plus my 20 year old cat isn't used to eating bones and i dont' want him to get injured with a bone stuck in his throat. I experimented with serving as a topping over dry kibble which he seemed to accept but I usually re-wet it and serve it that way. Overall he seems to like it, but the left overs stick like glue to his bowl. It is unusually difficult to get off the bowls even with hot water, scrub brush and soap. So a plus for the cat willing to eat it. Minus for poor quality consistency - bones etc. Minus for difficulty in cleaning bowl Minus (but appreciated to human) that smell goes away after opening bag within a week


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TripodCat on Dec 16, 2021

Great for IBD!

Bought this for my 14 yr old cat with IBD. He's in love with this food! It has been a struggle getting him to eat and not throw up with his previous wet food, but we've had no problems with this! His coat has gotten incredibly soft and his poops are looking healthy (gross but important). The only thing I would say is misleading about this product is that it says you should only feed your cat 2 patties for a 12lb cat, but a 12lb cat needs about 300cal/day so you need to feed 4 patties to hit that mark (each patty is only 70 cal). The food is a bit more expensive, but it's so worth it in terms of the health benefits—less trips to the vet in the long, as I see it! His breath doesn't stink as much as it used to, either.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Reen219 on Jan 30, 2022

Lunch time meal almost every day!

My Chatty, a 4 year old, loves these patties. Always gets a little extra water since he has had struvite crystals in the past.


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Zizi on Dec 16, 2021

Cats won’t eat

Unfortunately none of my cats liked it, even when they are super hungry. Tried feeding dry or with water. Donated to shelter, hope some of them would like this formula.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Maldo on Sep 27, 2021

Toothless delight

(i dont usually review much, so forgive the lazy typos) My cat is getting old in her ways with being picky and her last dental did not help with my choices on what she wants to eat on a particular day. HOwever since moving onto freeze dried food has made it easier when I prep food the day as I usaully mix this with one other patty at random from the other brands i bought. She actually loves it and now she wont eat her meals unless it has this or the rabbit in it.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By 2Shepherds on Sep 2, 2021
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All our cats (and dog) LOVE these!

Gave this brand a try due to good reviews and petsumer report giving the product/company highest rating for production/transparency/ingredients, etc. Happy to report all 5 of our cats love this product and even our dog wanted to get in on the goodness, had to keep her away from their bowls at meal time! Crumble very easily for topper on wet food, which is how our cats like it best. Will continue to purchase, and look forward to trying the other varieties. Highly recommend this product and company.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Hailey on Aug 7, 2021

Best of both worlds?

My cats love the vital essentials freeze dried line! I feed it to them twice a week as a snack, crumbled up over their regular kibble, and they get so excited every time I grab the bag! I've tried a lot of the Vital Essentials products* so far, and my boys like the duck flavor best. It's a little bit pricey for me to get them every month, though, and it reeks. It just stinks to high heaven, hoo-ee, I'm pretty sure that's why they love it so much. The chicken is a good price, but they don't love it the way they love the duck patties. Enter the turkey patty, which is stinky like the duck patties, but nearly as cheap as the chicken patties. I think we have a winner! I've added it to my autoship order, because my boys lick their chops as if to say "keep it comin'!" *For a smaller, every day kind of snack, check out their freeze dried minnows and chicken breast treats. I've found them to be an excellent motivator in teaching my cats tricks.


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By kathytales on Nov 13, 2021

Smells bad enough

He took one sniff and won't eat it. Tried mixing it with his old food but then he won't eat the old food, either. Will try other flavors.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Alex on Aug 10, 2021

My cat LOVES these!

My cat's normal canned food started giving him diarrhea. I had already been giving him raw treats and occasional freeze-dried raw chicken, so it was easy to transition him to 100% freeze-dried raw. He LOVES this flavor and licks the bowl clean. I love that I can control the amount of water and the size of the chunks as I break up the patty. My little guy is having PERFECT little stools. I'm happy with the ingredients, happy that this bag takes up WAY less space than a week of canned food, and happy that my cat is happy!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Niki on Dec 5, 2021

Excellent Product and brand

My cats love this and go nuts for them. I split one between the two of them for "dessert".