Instinct Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Wet Cat Food Review

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Our Recommendation

Instinct by Nature’s Variety focuses on keeping their food simple and pure. This particular wet cat food, Grain Free Real Rabbit pate recipe is made with just one animal protein along with just one vegetable. Using farm-raised rabbit as the first ingredient, this protein is said to provide your cat with all the essential amino acids. You will also find several other vitamins and minerals, including Taurine, to provide balanced nutrition.

This product is great for cats that have allergies or sensitivities to other proteins such as chicken, beef, and fish. Made in the USA, this wet food is egg, grain, corn, potato, wheat and soy free and is free from any artificial ingredients.


Rabbit, Water, Rabbit Liver, Pea Protein, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Taurine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate

Nutritional Analysis

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).

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein 12.5% min

Crude Fat 4.5% min

Crude Fiber 3.0% max

Moisture 76.0% max

Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.1% min

Omega-6 Fatty Acids 0.65% min

Caloric Content

1,053 kcal/kg, 164 kcal/5.5 oz can, 90 kcal/3 oz can

Feeding Amounts

It is important to keep in mind the age, activity level and weight of your cat when you decide on the feeding amount. According to the manufacturer, it is recommended that you feed 2 x 3 oz cans or 1 x 5.5 oz can per 6-8 lbs of body weight per day.

Having said that, you know your cat best, so deciding on the appropriate amount to feed them should be your decision based on the above-mentioned factors. You will also need to keep in mind how much dry food your cat eats in a day. Don’t hesitate to discuss it with your veterinarian if needed.

Always remember to provide fresh water at all times and refrigerate any unused food promptly.  

Transition Instructions

It is best to make a slow transition from the existing food to a new food, ideally over 5-10 days. Start by adding 25% of the new food to 75% of the old food and feed that for the first three days. Introduce 50-50 of the old and new food for the next few days. Toward the end of the 10-day cycle, add 75% of the new food to 25% of the old food. Make sure to keep an extra eye on your cat through this transition to see if there are any changes in the eating habits or if they start vomiting, having diarrhea or feeling constipated. If any problems start to occur, stop the transition and consult your vet immediately.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, it is safe to say that Instinct by Nature's Variety Limited Ingredient Grain Free Real Rabbit Wet Cat Food is a good choice for anyone looking to feed their cat simple and nutritious wet food. The inclusion of clean ingredients along with the added benefits of vitamins and minerals makes this a very attractive option. It is also a great alternative for cats with allergies to the more popular proteins such as chicken or fish. Most importantly, since it is free from artificial ingredients as well as egg, grain, corn, potato, wheat, and soy, you can rest assured that it is a safe and healthy option for any cat.

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