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One of the disadvantages of feeding dried food is that poorer quality kibbles tend to be packed with fillers. You will see that the ingredient list starts with things like corn, rice or wheat. That’s bad news for your cat’s diet because they need to eat lots of protein. High levels of carbohydrates are causing cats to become obese and develop health problems such as diabetes.
So, many cat owners turn to wet food, which also has the advantage of containing water to keep your pet hydrated. But if you need to go out during the day, and you don’t want to leave wet food to dry in the bowl, or attract flies, then dry food is the only answer. That’s when you need to look at the ingredients list of dry foods to find a good one.
Instinct by Nature’s Raw Boost is one of those. It contains 43% pure protein, most of which is delivered in the form of freeze-dried, raw meat. Why raw? Well, in the wild cat’s don’t cook their food. Although we’ve got used to providing them with cooked food, often in gravy or jelly, if they catch a mouse or bird they obviously don’t serve it the same way!
Cooking degrades the quality of the ingredients. Vitamins and minerals are destroyed in the cooking process, but they are preserved in the chunks of freeze-dried meat that are included in this dried food. This not only means your pet gets more benefit from their food, but it is also easier to digest.
But Instinct by Nature hasn’t stopped there. They have also made sure their food is grain-free and added a variety of healthy fiber ingredients. It’s also packed with added vitamins, minerals, probiotics and herbs which help digestion.
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Freeze Dried Chicken, Natural Flavor, Dried Tomato Pomace, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Salt, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), DL-Methionine, Taurine, Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil, Blueberries, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract
Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
CRUDE PROTEIN 43.0% min
CRUDE FAT 20.0% min
CRUDE FIBER 3.5% max
MOISTURE 9.0% max
ZINC 120 mg/kg min
SELENIUM 0.6 mg/kg min
VITAMIN A 18,000 IU/kg min
VITAMIN E 120 IU/kg min
ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C) 100 mg/kg min
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS 0.5% min
OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS 3.5% min
BACILLUS COAGULANTS 60,000,000 CFU/lb min
If you want to switch to Raw Boost, you should begin by introducing a small amount of it into your cat’s current food. Gradually increase the percentage of Raw Boost fed until you are no longer adding any of your previous food.
Adult Daily Feeding (8 oz cup)
5 LBS 3/8 1/4
10 LBS 1/2 3/8
15 LBS 3/4 1/2
The Bottom Line
Instinct’s Raw Boost is a slightly different dry food. Rather than just giving your cat a bowl of dried kibble, you can also serve up raw meat in a totally safe format. No need to worry about salmonella or the other issues with raw meat!
If you have a cat with a sensitive stomach, or who has problems digesting other brands of food then this might be one to try; not only is the raw meat more easily digested but there are probiotics, fiber, and herbs to help with digestion.