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Instinct Raw

Pickerz

Savannah Super Cat
#1
Anyone feeding this to their cats? Do I need to supplement anything? I've been feeding my 2 kittens and my adult female this for several weeks. They like the duck and will tolerate the chicken, they hate the rabbit and I haven't tried the other varieties yet.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#2
Do you have a link? When I google this it comes up as kibble. When I look at the duck I don't see taurine listed as one of the ingredients so that would definitely need to be supplemented - if I'm looking at the right product.
 

Pickerz

Savannah Super Cat
#5
Are you referring to Nature's Variety or Feline Instinct?
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw. The bag I have here (Duck) has 'Natural Taurine' in the ingredient list. These are the frozen raw 'medallions' in the 3lb. bag.
If I have to supplement, what should I be supplementing?
 

Samber

Savannah Super Cat
#6
Taurine degrades when frozen so its best to add some when feeding. when i make my raw i add a bunch and i will add some once in a while right before i serve some cause i freeze all the raw i make. i also give some whole prey so they def get enough taurine.
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#7
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw. The bag I have here (Duck) has 'Natural Taurine' in the ingredient list. These are the frozen raw 'medallions' in the 3lb. bag.
If I have to supplement, what should I be supplementing?
Samber is correct about taurine. The pluses of NV are more numerous than the negatives. Because they use whole egg, there is a chance of biotin (vitamin H) deficiency developing over time. I don't know of any reports of this but it's always good to be aware of potential issues. The egg white content would have to be pretty high (18.5-32%) to cause symptoms. Symptoms of biotin deficiency are alopecia; dried secretions around the nose, eyes, feet; focal dermatitis around the mouth. I would not supplement with vitamin H. If you notice any of the symptoms of biotin deficiency, talk to your vet.
 

Pickerz

Savannah Super Cat
#8
I'm not sure how long I am going to continue feeding this, though. I have been looking into making my own raw food because of the cost. Until then, I can supplement taurine - but what is the best way to do it? Can I just get some taurine caps and dump the powder out?
 
M

MK Anderson

Guest
#9
I'm not sure how long I am going to continue feeding this, though. I have been looking into making my own raw food because of the cost. Until then, I can supplement taurine - but what is the best way to do it? Can I just get some taurine caps and dump the powder out?
yes you can do that with the taurine. I make my own raw and put it in two cup containers and add the supplement to each defrosted servings .
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#10
I'm not sure how long I am going to continue feeding this, though. I have been looking into making my own raw food because of the cost. Until then, I can supplement taurine - but what is the best way to do it? Can I just get some taurine caps and dump the powder out?
You can buy the caps or you can buy Taurine powder whichever is more economical.