A raw diet is the gold standard of diets for cats. Keep reading to see how my cats are making the transition to raw with Nature's Variety Instinct Raw.

Manna inspecting the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Bites.

A raw diet is the gold standard of diets for cats. Keep reading to see how my cats are making the transition to raw with Nature's Variety Instinct Raw.

Have you ever tried to feed your cat a raw diet? A raw diet can bring your cat’s diet closer to a cat’s natural diet in the wild than any other type of diet. I am beginning to feed my cats raw food for the first time with the help of Nature’s Variety Instinct® Raw. Cinco and Manna could be on their way to optimal health!

What is Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw?

A raw diet is the gold standard of diets for cats. Keep reading to see how my cats are making the transition to raw with Nature's Variety Instinct Raw.

Cinco taking a look at the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Bites.

Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw is a commercially available raw diet for cats and dogs. The Instinct Raw foods consist of 95% meat, organs, and bones and 5% fruits and vegetables. The food is ground together and frozen but never cooked, so it retains all of its original nutritional value. They thaw quickly, so all you need to do is scoop and serve! Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw can be served alone or mixed with your cat’s favorite wet food or kibble. If you are interested in trying Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw with your cat, click here for a $3 OFF coupon! For future offers, follow Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw on Facebook.

There is something to please every cat! Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw for cats comes in two varieties: bites (bite-sized pieces) and medallions (larger pieces). Instinct Raw Bites have 4 different proteins available: chicken, duck, rabbit, and tuna. The medallions have 2 different proteins available: chicken and rabbit.  You can find all of these in a freezer at your local pet supply store.

Transitioning Your Cat to a Raw Diet


If you are starting your cat on a raw diet for the first time, it is recommended that you take some time to transition your cat from his or her current food onto their new Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw food. There is a Feed Guide Tool on the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw website that can help you figure out exactly how much of each food your cat should be eating each day. Start by feeding your cat a meal that consists of 75% the current food and 25% the Instinct Raw food. As your cat gets used to the formulation, gradually increase the amount of Instinct Raw food and decrease the current food.

Why I Wanted My Cats To Try Raw

A raw diet is the gold standard of diets for cats. Keep reading to see how my cats are making the transition to raw with Nature's Variety Instinct Raw.

Manna ready to taste those Instinct Raw Bites!

Ever since I first started researching raw diets for cats, I have considered them to be the gold standard to cat food diets. Raw food diets are nutrient dense and they don’t have all of the species inappropriate ingredients that some cat foods have. When is the last time you heard a farmer complaining that his cornfield was ransacked by cats? I know that proper nutrition is very important and can do wonders to improve a cat’s health. A cat’s body is made up of the things that he/she has eaten, so anything could change for the better with good nutrition. My cats are very healthy, but I would love to see them live long, healthy lives, free of chronic illness.

I have wanted to try a raw diet with my cats, but I’ve had a few things holding me back. One problem is that  I am not a great cook (I can’t even make Macaroni and Cheese right). I would really be upset with myself I didn’t get the nutrient balance in my cats’ food right and they got sick. Another problem is that the only store I knew of that sold commercial raw diets for cats is a 40-minute drive away. It is a wonderful store, but that’s a long drive to get cat food!

When I was offered the opportunity to let Cinco and Manna try Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw, I knew I had to take it. Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw takes care of all of the “cooking” and they make sure that all of the nutrients are properly balanced. That’s a huge weight off of my shoulders! Also, I found out that Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw is available at a store that is practically right around the block. Yay!

Transitioning To Raw With Cinco and Manna

A raw diet is the gold standard of diets for cats. Keep reading to see how my cats are making the transition to raw with Nature's Variety Instinct Raw.

Cinco carefully deciding what he thinks of the Instinct Raw Bites.

As I am writing this, Cinco and Manna have been transitioning onto Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw for 3 days. I chose the Chicken Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Bites for them. I have been giving Cinco and Manna their usual wet food with a little bit of the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Bites to try. It took Cinco and Manna about a year to transition from dry food to wet food, so I expect that this transition could take some time too. The Instinct Raw Bites do thaw quickly, but I like to warm them up a little before I give them to the cats. I do this by placing the desired amount of frozen Instinct Raw Bites into a zip-lock bag  and placing that bag in a bowl of warm water for a couple of minutes.

At first, Cinco and Manna both turned their noses up at the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Bites. They ate their current food around the Instinct Raw Bites. I put some of the Instinct Raw Bites on my finger and rubbed it onto their noses so they would have to lick it off. This trick got Manna to  try the Instinct Raw Bites! She has started eating them a little bit. Cinco still isn’t interested. He’s stubborn. We’ll see if that changes with familiarity. I don’t intend to increase the amount of Instinct Raw Bites until I see that the current amount is being eaten regularly and there is no loose stool in the litter box.

I brought home 4 bags of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Bites and I plan to use them all. If I see some progress in that time, I will continue feeding the Instinct Raw Bites to Cinco and Manna. I’m sure that they will be thankful for it. I will try to keep everyone updated on the progress of their transition in the future.

Would you ever consider trying a raw diet with your cats?

A raw diet is the gold standard of diets for cats. Keep reading to see how my cats are making the transition to raw with Nature's Variety Instinct Raw.

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