Nature’s Variety Wet Cat Food Reviews


Go to Instinct Limited Ingredient Duck Formula
Go to Instinct Limited Ingredient Rabbit Formula
Go to Instinct Limited Ingredient Turkey Formula
Go to Instinct Original Beef Formula
Go to Instinct Original Chicken Formula
Go to Instinct Original Chicken Formula for Kittens
Go to Instinct Original Duck Formula
Go to Instinct Original Lamb Formula
Go to Instinct Original Rabbit Formula
Go to Instinct Original Salmon Formula
Go to Instinct Original Venison Formula
Go to Instinct Ultimate Protein Chicken Formula
Go to Instinct Ultimate Protein Rabbit Formula
Go to Pride by Instinct Champ’s Chicken Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Cheshire’s Chicken Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Daredevil’s Duck Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Diva’s Duck Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Lovebug’s Lamb Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Lucky’s Lamb Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Ritzy’s Rabbit Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Rockstar’s Rabbit Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Sherlock’s Salmon Recipe
Go to Pride by Instinct Starlet’s Salmon Recipe
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Go to Pride by Instinct Trickster’s Tuna Recipe



Nature’s Variety
Instinct Limited Ingredient Duck Formula

 

Ingredients

Duck, Duck Broth, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Potassium Chloride, Flaxseed Oil, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), 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), Salt, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Taurine

First 5 ingredients

Duck – Meat, skin, and bone of duck. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the duck loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite this, a good quality protein source.

Duck Broth - Duck broth is used for mositure in cat foods. It has added nutrients that water does not, therefore it can be considered a little better than water.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Montmorillonite Clay -This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Potassium Chloride – An additive used as a potassium supplement. Foods would be better without these additional supplements, as some are controversial.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Limited Ingredient Rabbit Formula

 

Ingredients

Rabbit, Water, Rabbit Liver, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), 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), Choline Chloride, Taurine

First 5 ingredients

Rabbit - Meat, skin, and bone of a rabbit. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, rabbit loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite not being popular in cat food formulas, rabbit is safe and nutritious.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Rabbit Liver – An organ meat coming from rabbit. Liver is very nutritious.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Montmorillonite Clay -This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Limited Ingredient Turkey Formula

 

Ingredients

Turkey, Turkey Broth, Turkey Liver, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Flaxseed Oil, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Salt, 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), Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Taurine

First 5 ingredients

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Turkey Broth – This broth is made from turkey. It is used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins.

Turkey Liver – An organ meat packed full of nutrients. Toxicity due to eating liver is a concern but it is present in cat food in safe amounts.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Montmorillonite Clay -This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Original Beef Formula

 

Ingredients

Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Broth, Tricalcium Phosphate, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Eggs, Peas, Carrots, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Salt, Choline Chloride, L-Abscorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley

First 5 ingredients

Beef – Meat, skin, and bone of cattle. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, it loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Beef Liver – An organ meat coming from bovines, usually cattle. Liver is very nutritious.

Beef Broth – Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from beef.

Tricalcium Phosphate – Used mostly as an anti-caking agent. Also is a dietary supplement of calcium and phosphorus.

Ground Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is more beneficial than flaxseed. It is a source of fiber but overall not a very useful ingredient. Cats cannot use flaxseed as an Omega-3 source. Usually used to make the food appear healthier.

Ingredients to Point Out

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Lecithin – This is a type of fat that is essential. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems. Often times the ingredients list doesn’t specify what kind of lecithin was used.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Original Chicken Formula

 

Ingredients

Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Eggs, Peas, Carrots, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Chicken Liver – It is an organ meat that has many nutrients. Toxicity due to eating too much liver is a possibility, therefore intake has to be monitored. Present in cat food in safe amounts.

Chicken Broth - Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from chicken.

Ground Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is more beneficial than flaxseed. It is a source of fiber but overall not a very useful ingredient. Cats cannot use flaxseed as an Omega-3 source. Usually used to make the food appear healthier.

Ingredients to Point Out

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Lecithin – This is a type of fat that is essential. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems. Often times the ingredients list doesn’t specify what kind of lecithin was used.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Original Chicken Formula for Kittens

 

Ingredients

Chicken, Beef Liver, Chicken Broth, Salmon (source of DHA), Eggs, Montmorillonite Clay, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), 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), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley.

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Beef Liver – An organ meat coming from bovines, usually cattle. Liver is very nutritious.

Chicken Broth - Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from chicken.

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Egg – These can be eggs with or without the shell. Eggs are a source of protein.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Original Duck Formula

 

Ingredients

Duck, Turkey Liver, Duck Broth, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Tricalcium Phosphate, Peas, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley

First 5 ingredients

Duck – Meat, skin, and bone of duck. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the duck loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite this, a good quality protein source.

Turkey Liver – An organ meat packed full of nutrients. Toxicity due to eating liver is a concern but it is present in cat food in safe amounts.

Duck Broth - Duck broth is used for mositure in cat foods. It has added nutrients that water does not, therefore it can be considered a little better than water.

Ground Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is more beneficial than flaxseed. It is a source of fiber but overall not a very useful ingredient. Cats cannot use flaxseed as an Omega-3 source. Usually used to make the food appear healthier.

Montmorillonite Clay – This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Ingredients to Point Out

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Lecithin – This is a type of fat that is essential. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems. Often times the ingredients list doesn’t specify what kind of lecithin was used.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Original Lamb Formula

 

Ingredients

Lamb, Lamb Broth, Pork Liver, Turkey, Montmorillonite Clay, Eggs, Peas, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Dried Kelp, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley

First 5 ingredients

Lamb – Meat, skin, and bone of lamb.

Lamb Broth – Broth made from the bones and/or meat of lamb. Broth is used mainly to add moisture to the cat food. It is beneficial but not integral for nutrition.

Pork Liver – An organ meat coming from pigs. Liver is very nutritious.

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Montmorillonite Clay – This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Ingredients to Point Out

Montmorillonite Clay – There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Lecithin – This is a type of fat that is essential. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems. Often times the ingredients list doesn’t specify what kind of lecithin was used.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Original Rabbit Formula

 

Ingredients

Rabbit, Pork Liver, Water, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Tricalcium Phosphate, Peas, Carrots, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Choline Chloride, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley

First 5 ingredients

Rabbit - Meat, skin, and bone of a rabbit. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, rabbit loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite not being popular in cat food formulas, rabbit is safe and nutritious.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Ground Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is more beneficial than flaxseed. It is a source of fiber but overall not a very useful ingredient. Cats cannot use flaxseed as an Omega-3 source. Usually used to make the food appear healthier.

Montmorillonite Clay – This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Ingredients to Point Out

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Lecithin – This is a type of fat that is essential. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems. Often times the ingredients list doesn’t specify what kind of lecithin was used.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Original Salmon Formula

 

Ingredients

Salmon, Salmon Broth, Pork Liver, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Eggs, Peas, Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Taurine, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley

First 5 ingredients

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Salmon Broth – Broth is used to add moisture to a cat food. This broth is made with salmon.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Ground Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is more beneficial than flaxseed. It is a source of fiber but overall not a very useful ingredient. Cats cannot use flaxseed as an Omega-3 source. Usually used to make the food appear healthier.

Montmorillonite Clay -This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Lecithin – This is a type of fat that is essential. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems. Often times the ingredients list doesn’t specify what kind of lecithin was used.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Original Venison Formula

 

Ingredients

Venison, Pork Liver, Water, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Peas, Carrots, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Salt, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley

First 5 ingredients

Venison - This is usually deer meat. If the source is of good quality, then it is a good alternative to the usual chicken, beef, lamb, etc.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Ground Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is more beneficial than flaxseed. It is a source of fiber but overall not a very useful ingredient. Cats cannot use flaxseed as an Omega-3 source. Usually used to make the food appear healthier.

Montmorillonite Clay – This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Ingredients to Point Out

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Lecithin – This is a type of fat that is essential. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems. Often times the ingredients list doesn’t specify what kind of lecithin was used.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Ultimate Protein Chicken Formula

 

Ingredients

Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Eggs, Peas, Carrots, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley.

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Chicken Liver – It is an organ meat that has many nutrients. Toxicity due to eating too much liver is a possibility, therefore intake has to be monitored. Present in cat food in safe amounts.

Chicken Broth - Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from chicken.

Ground Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is more beneficial than flaxseed. It is a source of fiber but overall not a very useful ingredient. Cats cannot use flaxseed as an Omega-3 source. Usually used to make the food appear healthier.

Ingredients to Point Out

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Lecithin – This is an essential fat. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems. Often times the ingredients list doesn’t specify what kind of lecithin was used.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Instinct Ultimate Protein Rabbit Formula

 

Ingredients

Rabbit, Pork Liver, Pork Broth, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Calcium Carbonate, 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, Salmon Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley, Rosemary Extract.

First 5 ingredients

Rabbit - Meat, skin, and bone of a rabbit. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, rabbit loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite not being popular in cat food formulas, rabbit is safe and nutritious.

Pork Liver – A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Pork Broth – Broth made from the meat and/or bone of pigs. Broth has added nutrients compared to water.

Ground Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is more beneficial than flaxseed. It is a source of fiber but overall not a very useful ingredient. Cats cannot use flaxseed as an Omega-3 source. Usually used to make the food appear healthier.

Montmorillonite Clay -This is a clay named after where it was discovered. It is a natural ingredient that is an anti-caking agent.

Ingredients to Point Out

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Champ’s Chicken Recipe

 

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Guar Gum, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Chicken Broth - Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from chicken.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Chicken Liver – It is an organ meat that has many nutrients. Toxicity due to eating too much liver is a possibility, therefore intake has to be monitored. Present in cat food in safe amounts.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Egg Whites – These egg whites are cooked, therefore they do not pose the risks raw egg whites do. The protein avidin, which is the source of health risks, is destroyed when egg whites are cooked. A good source of protein from eggs.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

Xanthan Gum - Produced naturally with help by artifical means. Can be an alternative to gluten and is usually in cat foods as a thickening agent.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Cheshire’s Chicken Recipe

 

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Kelp, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Choline Chloride, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Chicken Broth - Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from chicken.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Chicken Liver – It is an organ meat that has many nutrients. Toxicity due to eating too much liver is a possibility, therefore intake has to be monitored. Present in cat food in safe amounts.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Egg Whites – These egg whites are cooked, therefore they do not pose the risks raw egg whites do. The protein avidin, which is the source of health risks, is destroyed when egg whites are cooked. A good source of protein from eggs.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Daredevil’s Duck Recipe

 

Ingredients

Duck Broth, Duck, Turkey, Turkey Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Guar Gum, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Duck Broth - Duck broth is used for mositure in cat foods. It has added nutrients that water does not, therefore it can be considered a little better than water.

Duck – Meat, skin, and bone of duck. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the duck loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite this, a good quality protein source.

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Turkey Liver – An organ meat packed full of nutrients. Toxicity due to eating liver is a concern but it is present in cat food in safe amounts.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

Xanthan Gum - Produced naturally with help by artifical means. Can be an alternative to gluten and is usually in cat foods as a thickening agent.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Diva’s Duck Recipe

 
This formula is exactly the same as the one above, Daredevil’s Duck Recipe. The main difference is this food has fewer calories and is minced, not flaked.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Lovebug’s Lamb Recipe

 

Ingredients

Lamb Broth, Lamb, Beef, Lamb Liver, Beef Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Guar Gum, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Lamb Broth – Broth made from the bones and/or meat of lamb. Broth is used mainly to add moisture to the cat food. It is beneficial but not integral for nutrition.

Lamb – Meat, skin, and bone of lamb.

Beef – Meat, skin, and bone of cattle. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, it loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Lamb Liver – Liver is full of nutrients, yet intake should be monitored. This liver comes from lambs.

Beef Liver – An organ meat coming from bovines, usually cattle. Liver is very nutritious.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

Xanthan Gum - Produced naturally with help by artifical means. Can be an alternative to gluten and is usually in cat foods as a thickening agent.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Lucky’s Lamb Recipe

 
This formula is exactly the same as the one above, Lovebug’s Lamb Recipe. The main difference is this food has more calories and is flaked, not minced.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Ritzy’s Rabbit Recipe

 

Ingredients

Pork Broth, Rabbit, Pork, Pork Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dried Kelp, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Choline Chloride,L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Pork Broth -Broth made from the meat and/or bone of pigs. Broth has added nutrients compared to water.

Rabbit - Meat, skin, and bone of a rabbit. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, rabbit loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite not being popular in cat food formulas, rabbit is safe and nutritious.

Pork -The skin, meat, and bone of pigs. Pork is an animal that is not often an ingredient in cat food.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Rockstar’s Rabbit Recipe

 

Ingredients

Pork Broth, Rabbit, Pork, Pork Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Guar Gum, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Pork Broth -Broth made from the meat and/or bone of pigs. Broth has added nutrients compared to water.

Rabbit - Meat, skin, and bone of a rabbit. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, rabbit loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite not being popular in cat food formulas, rabbit is safe and nutritious.

Pork -The skin, meat, and bone of pigs. Pork is an animal that is not often an ingredient in cat food.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

Xanthan Gum - Produced naturally with help by artifical means. Can be an alternative to gluten and is usually in cat foods as a thickening agent.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Sherlock’s Salmon Recipe

 

Ingredients

Salmon Broth, Salmon, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Guar Gum, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Salmon Broth – Broth is used to add moisture to a cat food. This broth is made with salmon.

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Chicken Liver – It is an organ meat that has many nutrients. Toxicity due to eating too much liver is a possibility, therefore intake has to be monitored. Present in cat food in safe amounts.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

Xanthan Gum - Produced naturally with help by artifical means. Can be an alternative to gluten and is usually in cat foods as a thickening agent.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Starlet’s Salmon Recipe

 
This formula is exactly the same as the one above, Sherlock’s Salmon Recipe. The main difference is this food has more calories and is flaked, not minced.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Titan’s Tuna Recipe

 

Ingredients

Fish Broth, Tuna, Pork, Pork Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Dried Kelp, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Choline Chloride, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Fish Broth – Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. Broth made from fish may have elevated levels of mercury compared to chicken broth.

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

Pork -The skin, meat, and bone of pigs. Pork is an animal that is not often an ingredient in cat food.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

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Nature’s Variety
Pride by Instinct Trickster’s Tuna Recipe

 

Ingredients

Fish Broth, Tuna, Pork, Pork Liver, Peas, Egg Whites, Spinach, Eggs, Ground Flaxseed, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), 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, Guar Gum, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale

First 5 ingredients

Fish Broth – Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. Broth made from fish may have elevated levels of mercury compared to chicken broth.

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

Pork -The skin, meat, and bone of pigs. Pork is an animal that is not often an ingredient in cat food.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Montmorillonite Clay -There is not enough research and facts about this ingredient in cat food. Certain types of this clay may not be pure, or free from dioxins. Dioxins are harmful. The FDA recommends that this clay be tested before being used in cat foods. It is a recommendation however, not a requirement.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

Xanthan Gum - Produced naturally with help by artifical means. Can be an alternative to gluten and is usually in cat foods as a thickening agent.

Blueberries – A great fruit that is high in antioxidants. In cat food to make the food appear healthier. Cats don’t have a need for blueberries. It’s just as likely they won’t provide any benefits.

Overall Score


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