Instinct canned food?

Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
edited 6 April, 2013 in Food & Nutrition
I took my cat Beep in for a long overdue check up, complete with blood work, last week, all of which came out great. The vet, who is a holistic vet among the practice that also has traditional vets, he was telling me that he prefers Instinct over Wellness, which I have been feeding Beep. It was mind boggling to me to see a vet who was knowledgeable about pet food as most vets just say "feed science diet" that they sell. He knew all of the cat food companies, where they were made, all about them, it was very refreshing. Anyway, he prefers Instict canned over Wellness. He said Wellness Core is good, but he still prefers Instict, from Nature's Variety. So I got a few small cans and have been gradually mixing it in their old food, and they do like it. I was just wondering if anyone else feed this food and what they think of it? They only had the tiny 3 ounce cans at the store I went to, which was a bit of a bummer, hoping I can find larger cans. He was telling me that he believes nutrition is the key to controlling most of the problems that cats encounter, just like in people, and that with the healthy diets, he is seeing cats live longer and longer and not have the kidney issues, and UTI's and diabetes. He was so proud of how well I am taking care of my kitties and how healthy their coats were....like velvet. So I'm a little hesitant to change the food, I actually had not been feeding Wellness Core, but regular Wellness, only chicken, beef and turkey though, no fish. I thought I'd ask my cat peeps what they thought about this.

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  • Rebecca NowakRebecca Nowak Orange County, NYMember Posts: 1,397
    edited 1 April, 2013
    Hi Beep! I feed NV Instincts canned food to our 4 boys and have been doing so for at least 3 years. NV sells the food in 3oz, 5.5 oz and 13.2oz sizes. I usually buy the 13.2 oz "dog" cans since I have the 4 cats to feed. The great thing about NV Instinct is that the "dog" and "cat" forumulas are exactly the same, you can compare the ingedients yourself and confirm that with the company. Buying the larger sized cans saves a bit of money, although Instincts is a very expensive food no matter which size you choose to buy. I like that Insinct has a wide vairety of proteins to choose from. Our cats absolute favorites are the lamb and rabbit, but they also really like the pork (hard to find) and venison a lot. They are on and off with the duck and chicken and no one really likes the beef very much. I've never tried the salmon flavor. Be aware that each of the protein formulas costs a different price. Beef and chicken are the cheapest and the rabbit is out of the world expensive. Insinct also now has some Limited Ingredient formulas, lamb, duck, and turkey. I bought a can of the turkey to try out and none of my cats would eat it. Look for an individually owned pet food store near you as many of them carry NV Instinct. PetCo also carries Instinct, but PetSmart doesn't. It's kind of strange that you were only able to find the 3oz cans, that's going to add up to a lot on money if you stick to buying them long term. If you would be interested in ordering on line, wag.com has good prices. Purrs, Shade
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 1 April, 2013
    Human feeds Instinct :D http://www.instinctpetfood.com/ It's a good brand, though sometimes a can will have too many visible veggies inside :? The Instinct canned for dogs is the exact same thing as the cat ones, just in a bigger can size. For multi cat household it makes more sense to buy the bigger can sizes. Independent non-chain pet stores will often special order larger can sizes and/or cases of food for you. Just ask :) Petco and other big chain stores won't do this :?
  • Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
    edited 1 April, 2013
    Interesting. Thank you so much, I did not know this about the dog and cat food. I did actually buy some of the dog food for my doberman today, I got the prairie one. My vet said that one was not as good, but she is used to eating Natural Balance with like sweet potato and lamb, so I was cool with it not being just meat. I found a Petco that has all the different kinds for cats! I found the rabbit, which the vet was very pleased with and Beep had that for dinner just now and LOVED it. I got some of the duck, venison, lamb one beef and a chicken too. We'll see what she likes. I did not realize the dog food was the same, so I will check into that, I think going that route may be a good thing. I have found that they eat a lot less when they eat a really good quality food. My kitten Stephano, is a piglet though, he would eat 24/7 if I let him. The dog liked the prairie one that I gave her today and is also passed out right now. I am going to the online place to see about getting it there, I did see at pet food direct it was on sale right now, so I might just order that. Thanks everyone!
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 1 April, 2013
    The Prarie line has grains in it :? Instinct is the grain-free line and the most ideal one to feed. Dogs are ok with grains and carbs in their diet. They are not strict carnivores like cats. It probably makes sense to buy the big cans of Instinct for dogs and feed it to everyone :) Instinct has a new pork variety and salmon variety out but we haven't seen either at the pet stores yet :? The rabbit one can be hard to find sometimes.
  • Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
    edited 1 April, 2013
    That is just what the vet said, about being ok for dogs, but grains not the best choice for cats. I love that idea, buying the bigger cans for the dogs and feeding it to everybody :) Thanks for that idea! And they did have the pork one today at Petco.....I didn't buy that one because, honestly, I have never fed them pork so I wasn't so sure about it, but I did get the rabbit one, and they loved it :)
  • Ace PiersonAce Pierson Member Posts: 1
    edited 2 April, 2013
    I also eat NV, but not the rabbit! It is sourced from China. :(
  • Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
    edited 2 April, 2013
    Ugh....China??? Just the rabbit??? Please don't tell me all of that other food is from China also....at these prices, I don't get it.
  • Rebecca NowakRebecca Nowak Orange County, NYMember Posts: 1,397
    edited 2 April, 2013
    No, as far as I know, only the rabbit is from China. I still buy it occasionally, but because of the sourcing, price, and difficulty of finding it, I don't get it too often. NV claims that the rabbit farm(s) they source from are well regulated, but... Don't be prejudiced against the pork flavor. My cats are actually mostly raw fed and I've been feeding them raw pork with no problems; the cooked pork in canned cat food isn't going to be harmful to your cats and pork is actually a considered a low allergan food. My guys give the pork flavor all paws up. Purrs, Shade
  • Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
    edited 2 April, 2013
    I'll have to pick up a can of the pork and give it a try. I did buy a few rabbit and gave her some of it today, and she did gobble it up. She was less enthusiastic about the duck one though.
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 3 April, 2013
    Yes, NV sources rabbit from China: Do you source from China? At Nature's Variety, our nutritional philosophy is to source the highest quality, safest, and most nutritious ingredients in the world. We look for our ingredients domestically first. In the case of rabbit meat, we've found that the best supply of high quality, human grade rabbit is found in China. Therefore, we are currently sourcing rabbit meat specifically for our raw and canned rabbit diets from a trusted supplier in China. To help ensure that our strict quality and safety standards are rigorously enforced, this rabbit meat is regularly inspected and monitored by the PhD food scientist we have on staff. Additionally, members of the Nature’s Variety leadership team have personally visited and inspected the facility in China. We also employ extra testing (at an independent lab in the United States) to ensure that the rabbit is nothing short of our strictest standards for quality and nutrition. http://www.naturesvariety.com/learning/questions/5 You don't have to feed the rabbit if you're not comfortable about where it came from :) There are other Instinct varietes you can feed. And there are other similar brands you can feed: Innova EVO, Merrick Before Grain, By Nature, etc.
  • Elizabeth MabardyElizabeth Mabardy Member Posts: 2,708
    edited 3 April, 2013
    Hello Beep & furriends, :-h You are so fortunate to have a holistic Vet who is so well informed when it comes into the whole nutrition for your pet! We had a holistic Vet, but she took on another job at a clinic that's all Alternative Pet Care. She's about 5 towns away, too far & very expensive! She was very knowledgeably. DR.R says all wet grain - free is best & even freeze dried like Stella & Chewy is great! Nature's Variety Instincts grain - free is one brand that Kally Kat loves! The Rabbit formula is her favorite. It's like a litta wild cat in her that comes out! :)) This Forum, Food & Nutrition is an excellent place to learn what's best for our furrbabies. I've learned so much here. Thanks to Merlin Angel's Mom, she very smart & informative! ;c; Beep, at this site you may come across the opportunity to get some coupons from Nature's Variety. You can print them out from your home printer when available. They sure help with the high cost of foods & pet care we are all face with. Purrs, Kally Kat :B
  • Romeo RhettRomeo Rhett Member Posts: 25
    edited 4 April, 2013
    My cats prefer the dog version of Instinct because it seem to have more moisture- which is good for cats anyway. You can sign up to receive coupons from their website.
  • Renee RyzRenee Ryz Member Posts: 2,164
    edited 5 April, 2013
    Tig loves the rabbit - but sometimes they are out & at the price it is a treat. Are there other brands that have rabbit not from China I wonder? Shade! Hey! I gotta look for the pork one. For my kits, I have tried some Welness Core, and it seems to be richer. They eat it & get this squiggy eye face, kinda like when you eat something really sour ya know? Mine all prefer pate style, so I have to mash everything up or put it in a tiny food processor. Maizy has to be on a limited ingred diet now, so I will have to try them for her. She eats Natural Balance LID now
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 5 April, 2013
    Water can be added to any canned food to get extra water into the cat :) Here are some other brands with rabbit varieties: ZiwiPeak Rabbit and Lamb - This is a New Zealand brand and the rabbit is sourced from that country. Hound & Gatos American Rabbit - The only brand with 98% meat =D> The rabbit is sourced in the US =; Addiction Black Forest Rabbit and Blueberries Entree By Nature Rabbit Stew Wysong Au Jus 95% meat Some of these brands contain fruits and/or veggies which many will agree that cats do not need in their diets. A rich diet isn't great for cats. Some cats are sensitive to rich fatty foods and develop pancreatitis which is quite painful.
  • Rebecca NowakRebecca Nowak Orange County, NYMember Posts: 1,397
    edited 6 April, 2013
    Plus 1 for the Ziwipeak; the boys love it, probably their most favorite of all canned foods. However, this is the food that will really empty your bank account out for you! :)) I've never seen the Hound & Gatos food around here, but I'll keep my eyes out for it. Hey Tigger!
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