Nature’s Variety Instinct® Raw: My #InstinctRaw Experience, Your Coupon

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Me and the product. I feel like I could really nail being their new model.

Me and the product. I feel like I could really nail being their new model.

Dear Readers,

Many of you may know by now that my FODs keep me on a raw food diet. Sometimes I grumble, sometimes I find a food that pleases my delicate palate. In either case, the FODs are pretty set on raw food for a variety of reasons. For instance, did you know that when I was adopted I was super sick with upper respiratory infections and herpes outbreaks? The doctors said I’d never breathe normally again. MomFOD put me on a raw diet and within two weeks, I was looking good! I mean, I always looked good. Great, really, but the raw definitely put me over the edge and those stump modeling contracts really began pouring in But, I digress.

This is from my "Sexy Raw" photo shoot.

This is from my “Sexy Raw modeling photo shoot.

Ponder this: can cats in the wild cook their dinner? Have you ever seen a wild animal constructing a fire of twigs and tinder bundles so they can delicately sear their recently snared vole? You haven’t? That’s because they don’t. Raw diets are what nature had in mind for cats and we felines have all the right digestive enzymes for being able to eat raw. We are also obligate carnivores meaning we MUST eat meat. Therefore, when one of our favorite food brands approached us and asked us to share our experience with our readers, we were all for it! So, without further ado, please have a look at:


Nature’s Variety Instinct® Raw Bites

::Cue exciting music::

Nevermind. Nature’s Variety didn’t send us any music. They did send us this fabulous picture though:

The bites in action. Or inaction. Whatever. This is what they look like.

The bites in action. Or inaction. Whatever. This is what they look like.

So, let’s look at this scientifically, shall we?

Let's do this.

Let’s do this.

What is it:

Instinct Raw is made of 95% meat, organs, and bones, 5% fruits and vegetables, and 0% grain. It’s made in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

The Hypothesis:

I volunteered to try Instinct Raw Bites because I’ve already tried it and know it’s delicious. We believe that raw is the way to go for most cats and we hypothesize that we will eat and enjoy this food.

Oh, what's this? Could this be for me?

Oh, what’s this? Could this be for me?

The Test:

Four out of five cats were used as testers on the rabbit and chicken flavors. The dog also eats this food but she’s away on holiday at the GrandFODs’ place. Since we already eat raw, we did not have to transition slowly and ate is all by itself.  The bites are cool because they are really quick to thaw and, since MomFOD often forgets to plan ahead, it only takes a few minutes before we can chow down.

I didn't trust this cat. I think he was there to take my food.

I had to whip my head around because I didn’t trust this cat. I think he was there to take my food.

The Conclusion:

It was delicious. Four out of four testers ate the food.

Four out of four testers enjoyed the Raw Bites.

Four out of four testers enjoyed the instinct Raw Bites.

 The Benefits of A Raw Food Diet:

Some of the most-oft cited benefits of feeding raw (and those we’ve noticed here) are:

  • Healthy skin and coat
  • Optimal Digestion
  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • Relief from food sensitivities
  • Ideal Body Weight

I’d also like to add:

  • Poop smells better
  • Anal gland expression issues in dog have resolved (thank goodness)


  1. If your cat has never tried raw before, start slowly with small amounts to make the transition. Many raw companies advocate mixing your cat’s current diet with some raw. This can work for some, though in our house, some of the more sensitive stomachs are unable to handle raw and cooked at the same time. You know your cat’s stomach. Choose wisely.
  2. In addition, we often get tired of the same protein source, so it’s helpful to rotate to make sure we’re getting as much nutrition as possible and don’t snub the food.
  3. Raw doesn’t have a strong smell, so if your pet doesn’t like it right away, keep trying! Sprinkle hated the idea of raw the first few times and her tummy got a bit grumbly. We stopped trying to give it to her and a week later, she was stealing Louie’s (and my) raw food all on her own.
Raw matches Sprinkle's digestive tract and her eyes.

Raw pairs well with Sprinkle’s digestive tract and her eyes.

Where to find it:

While we only used to be able to find our raw food in Chicago health food stores, we are now able to find it at PetSmart! Please be aware, though, that it’s not in ALL PetSmart stores yet and was only in 50% of the two we visited. In addition, the cat variety was hidden in the dog section way up on the top. You may have to ask. Here’s what the display looks like:

instinct petsmart

I circled the cat section for you way up there past the dogs.


Try It:

Now then! If our experience has made you curious, Instinct is kindly offering a $3 off coupon on their website, which you can use towards a trial size or a larger bag. Larger bags tend to be more cost effective, and we hope that they come up with a “We have five cats” size bag soon.

Safety concerns:

Those are addressed here! We make sure to keep our bowls and hands clean, and haven’t had any problems! For more info, visit:

You can also discuss on their Facebook page.

That’s it! We are really pleased to have participated in this campaign because we feel diet is THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH ASPECT of pet care. We always advocate using species-appropriate, healthy foods to keep your pets healthy and we are huge advocates of the raw diet and have been for years.

What do you think of raw? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Let’s discuss!



Natural Cleaning Alternatives for Healthier Pets

Alana and Crepes here today! We’d like to talk to you about cleaning supplies!

Two all-stars: both fastidious cleaners, but only one uses her tongue.

Two all-stars: both fastidious cleaners, but only one uses her tongue.

Crepes: Now, cats are very clean creatures, but sometimes you still need to clean house, especially if you have a dog.

Alana: Actually, our dog is cleaner than any one of you.

Crepes: As if. Now then, I’ve repeatedly told MomFOD to stop wasting paper towels and just lick up the stains, but she says –

Alana: Crepes, I’m not going to do that, and neither is anyone else reading this article.

Crepes: A cat would.

Alana: Moving along, although Crepes would like me to simply lick the floors clean, I’m not going to do that. However, what I also don’t want to do is use harsh chemicals in the house. Why? Because our little furry friends sit on the floor, drop their food on the floor, roll on the floor, play on the floor –

Crepes: Slide on the floor, puke on the floor, eat the puke that we just put on the floor –

Alana: Right. They get it. So, putting chemicals all over the house is not a good choice, we think, to keep the house clean. So what do we do? Well, years ago, we got rid of all our chemical cleaners and replaced them with very inexpensive ingredients that are safe for our little fuzzies to be around. Here’s what works for us:

Vinegar: An all purpose winner! It’s acidity kills bacteria, mold, and other beasties.

Baking Soda: Again, an all around amazing tool.

Borax: A powerful cleaning agent that we use less frequently but is still helpful to us.

Steam: disinfect with nothing but water!

Lemon: Delicious and helpful.

Don't use lemons in a cat's immediate area - they're sensitive to citrus.

Don’t use lemons in a cat’s immediate area – they’re sensitive to citrus.

Consider these uses for the above-mentioned items:

Clogged drain: Sprinkle down some baking soda followed by a healthy pour of vinegar. Your drain will be cleaned out in a few minutes! It’s worked for us many times.

Smudged mirrors or windows: Put a bit of vinegar and water into a spray bottle and use like a glass cleaner.

Laundry: Borax is amazing for removing smells from laundry. Let it soak a bit before running the wash cycle and all your linens come out fresh! Works great for anything that may smell of mildew.

Floors: We use a steam floor cleaner. It disinfects everything and cleans up all sorts of stains. There’s no scent at all and it leaves nothing on the floor afterwards.

Look at that cat on the floor. Do you see how close she is to the floor?

Mrs. Peabody is dangerously close to the floor.

Carpet Smells: Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, let them sit for about thirty minutes, and then vacuum it up. (Cesar Milan suggests you can also do this for doggie fur! Skip the vacuum, though, and just use a brush.)

Carpet Stains: Mix a little vinegar and borax into a paste and rub it into the stain. Let it sit until dried and then vacuum.

Stains on counters, etc.: Mix baking soda and water into a paste and use as a scrubbing abrasive. It’s safe to use wherever you prepare food.

Cutting board: You can use the mix above to clean the board, and then rub it with a freshly cut lemon to neutralize odors from other foods like onions.

Toilet: Pour a few cups of vinegar into the toilet and let it sit for awhile. Brush thoroughly and flush!

Garbage Disposal: Toss some lemon down there and let it do its job! The lemon will help keep the disposal fresh.


Alana: Did I forget anything, Crepes?

Crepes: Yes. The tip about rubbing tuna juice into the floors near the cat tree-

Alana: Nope. I didn’t forget anything.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! We feel that natural cleaning is an important part of keeping our pets and families safe in a world that’s overloaded with chemicals. Everything listed above has been working for us for years and we hope you find it useful, too!

A few more resources for you: Dog Care Cleaning Tips from Cesar MilanVinegar Tips: 1001 Uses  25 DIY Green Cleaning Tips (This one suggests essential oils. Use caution because cats may be sensitive to certain oils like citrus and tea tree.)


Crepes & Alana.


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