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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 health because they need to eat lots of protein content. 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. This grain-free cat food contains 43% pure protein, most of which is delivered in the form of freeze-dried, raw meat. Why raw cat food? 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.
Raw Instinct Key Benefits
- Powerful nutrition that combines natural balance with high protein sources
- Cage-free real chicken packed with animal protein for strong, lean feline muscles
- Probiotic boost that creates better digestive health
- High levels of omegas that assure for healthy skin and coat and increased level of antioxidants for improved immune cat’s health
- Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world
- Great Nutritional Profile
- High-Quality Meat and Fish Ingredients
- High Amounts of Omega Fatty Acids
- No Grains, Artificial Ingredients or By-products
- Extreme Carbohydrate Amount
- Contains Tapioca
“I rescued a cat who was caught and thought to be feral, so I don’t think he’s a picky eater. But I did a lot of research into the nutritional content of the wet and dry foods out there before purchasing anything (his foster had him on Purina One). I did mix this in with his previous food to transition him into it, but even now that it’s his only dry food, this cat still absolutely loves it. I can even use the kibbles as training treats between meals.” by Sully on Amazon.
“Love this stuff and my cats do too! It’s the only thing I’ll feed them. My older cat, Oliver had been on it since he was born and I swear he’s smart and healthy and the diet he’s on contributes to that. Just because they’re animals doesn’t mean they don’t deserve/need healthy food.” by Carole Stahl on Amazon.
Instinct Raw Boost Ingredients
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
Instinct Cat Food Review – The Bottom Line
Instinct’s Raw Boost is 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 other issues with raw food!
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.
Sarah Dixon is a freelance writer specializing in pet care and recruitment, and the author of the Alfie Slider series of children’s Sci-Fi novels. She lives in York, UK with her two children and her fur babies Tilly (Calico) and Casper (DSH).