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Instinct Kitten Grain-Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food

Instinct Kitten Grain-Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food
Company info
Company HQ
Lincoln, Nebraska
Parent company
M.I. Industries
Product info
Age Range: Kitten
Food Form Wet Kitten Food
Cost per day: $0.81
Primary proteins
  • Chicken
  • Beef Liver
  • Salmon
  • Eggs

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

Overall Score

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81%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 89%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 82%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 100%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 61%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 65%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 50%
? Based on the variety of sizes available. Size Variety 100%

Estimated Nutrient Content

To understand the nutrient content of pet food, we visualize its macronutrient composition in three ways. In the charts below, you’ll see a guaranteed analysis on an as-fed basis, a dry matter analysis, and a breakdown of the food’s macronutrients on a calorie-weighted basis.

Remember that all of these values are estimates based on the guaranteed analysis published by the company, and the food’s actual nutrient values may be slightly different.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Protein: 12%

Fat: 6%

Fiber: 1%

Moisture: 78%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 3%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 54.55%

Fat: 27.27%

Fiber: 4.55%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 13.64%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 40.58%

Fat: 49.28%

Carb: 10.14%

Our Review

Pros
  • High moisture content
  • To our knowledge, Instinct has never had a product recall
  • Supplemented with chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Contains dried kelp as a natural source of essential nutrients
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Rich in species-appropriate animal protein
  • Free of plant-based thickeners
  • Has all the nutrients your kitten or mother cat needs
Cons
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins
  • Doesn’t receive consistently positive customer reviews
  • Some cats may be allergic to fish

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all cat food recalls related to Instinct since 2011. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Since 2011 Instinct has never been recalled.

Ingredient Review

Our review of Instinct Kitten Grain-Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Chicken. Chicken is meat from the domesticated bird of the same name. In pet food, chicken is used as a primary protein source.

The second ingredient is Beef Liver. Beef liver is organ meat from any cattle breed. The beef liver in pet food is a source of protein, iron, and many other essential nutrients.

The third ingredient is Chicken Broth. Chicken broth is made by boiling chicken meat, skin, and bones to obtain nutrients including fat, vitamins, and minerals. In pet food, chicken broth increases moisture and improves flavor.

The fourth ingredient is Salmon. Salmon is meat from any fish in the salmon family, and in pet food, salmon might also refer to other parts of the fish including skin and organs. Salmon is an excellent source of protein, and it is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

The fifth ingredient is Eggs. In pet food, eggs serve as a source of high quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. The simple term “eggs” can refer to any part of the egg or any combination of egg parts.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Instinct Kitten Grain-Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from meat based sources.

Price Analysis

Price per oz

Product Price

$0.47

Market Price avg.

$0.46

% From the Avg

+2%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$1.35

Market Price avg.

$1.54

% From the Avg

-12%

Price per day

Product Price

$0.81

Market Price avg.

$0.92

% From the Avg

-12%

Instinct Kitten Grain-Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food is priced below the average market price for wet kitten food.

Nutritional Analysis

Because kittens are rapidly growing and developing, they have higher requirements for calories, protein, and other nutrients. Kitten foods have a higher caloric density to provide for the energy needs for growth. It’s recommended that kittens consume a kitten diet until they reach 1 year of age.

With that in mind, we’ve compared Instinct Kitten Grain-Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food to the other 63 wet kitten food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

54.55%

All Products avg.

50.77%

% From the Avg

+7%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

27.27%

All Products avg.

24.53%

% From the Avg

+11%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

4.55%

All Products avg.

6.79%

% From the Avg

-33%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

13.64%

All Products avg.

10.56%

% From the Avg

+29%

Analysis Overview

Overall, this is a meat based food that’s moderate in protein with high fat and high carbohydrate content relative to other wet kitten foods.

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