Runner-Up: Instinct by Nature’s Variety Kitten Grain-Free Real Chicken Recipe

Natures Variety Instinct by Original Grain Free Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food
Natures Variety Instinct by Original Grain Free Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food

Natures Variety Instinct By Original Grain Free Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food, The Cat 24

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This kitten food from Nature’s Instinct is made primarily from wholesome animal ingredients and is rich in the amino acids that help your kitten to thrive. The first ingredient is chicken, and it contains salmon as a natural source of DHA, a fatty acid with a role in brain and eye development.

This kitten recipe doesn’t contain any of the starches and plant protein that weigh your kitten down and create waste, but it does contain traces of cranberries, pumpkin, tomato, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and parsley.

Overall, however, this food is a low-carb option, with about 9% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis. It is a little more expensive than many kitten foods, but it offers good nutritional quality.

Each 3 oz can contains 103 calories, which is about average for kitten food.


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

Guaranteed Analysis

Value %
Crude Protein 12
Crude Fat 6
Crude Fiber 1
Moisture 78
Crude Protein:12%
Crude Fat:6%
Crude Fiber:1%

Dry Matter Basis

Value %
Protein 54.55
Fat 27.27
Fiber 4.55
Carbs 13.64

Caloric Weight Basis

Value %
Protein 40.58
Fat 49.28
Carbs 10.14

What We Liked:

  • Rich in animal-based protein from chicken, beef, and salmon
  • Soft canned food offers palatable texture and hydration
  • Very low carbohydrate content
  • Rich in DHA for healthy brain and eye development

What We Didn’t Like:

  • A little more expensive than many kitten foods
  • Doesn’t receive consistently positive customer reviews