FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS

Is raw right for
your pet?

We invite you to learn more about Nature's Variety by browsing our Frequently Asked Questions. Select a category to view the questions and answers within. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us.

  • How much do I feed my pregnant/lactating dog or cat?

  • Do you have a senior formula? Why not?

  • Can I feed both raw and kibble during the same mealtime?

  • What is the digestibility of your foods and how do you determine it?

  • Do raw and kibble digest differently?

  • How much does it cost to feed raw?

  • Can I give my pet a raw bone as a meal?

  • Do I need to add supplements to your food?

  • Which Nature's Variety formula should I feed?

  • How do I transition my pet to a new food?

  • Is your food recommended by veterinarians?

  • What are the components of superior nutrition?

  • What should I feed if my dog/cat has allergies?

  • What should I feed if my dog/cat has allergies to grain?

  • If my dog/cat is allergic to chicken protein, why can he/she eat a product that contains chicken fat?

  • My pet is always itching – could this be allergies? What food do you recommend?

  • What is a Limited Ingredient Diet?

  • What are the benefits of feeding Instinct Limited Ingredient Diets?

  • Instinct Kibble is also grain-free... how is Instinct LID different?

  • How often should I feed my dog/cat?

  • What food would you recommend for my cat/dog that has bladder stones?

  • What should I feed if my pet has a special health condition?

  • How do you develop feeding recommendations for your foods?

  • My pet is a picky eater! Which foods are the most popular tastes?

  • My pet frequently has digestive upset. Which foods are the most gentle for sensitive stomachs?

  • I want my pet to shed less… what food do you recommend?

  • I want my pet to have smaller – or less – stool… what food do you recommend?

  • My pet has a special condition – how can I find out what has worked for other pets with the same condition?

  • Do you have a puppy/kitten formula? Why not?

  • How much do I feed my puppy/kitten?

  • How should I feed my large breed puppy?

  • What is freeze drying?

  • What are the benefits of freeze dried raw?

  • Is freeze dried the same as dehydrated?

  • Is heat used in freeze drying?

  • What is Ash?

  • What are Chelated Minerals?

  • What are prebiotics and probiotics and why are they included in your foods?

  • What is the Nature's Variety Bio-Coating?

  • What is Montmorillonite Clay?

  • Why does Instinct LID use two different oils?

  • What ingredients should I look for when choosing a pet food?

  • What ingredients do you recommend avoiding when choosing a pet food?

  • I care about each and every ingredient in my pet's food - how do I find out more about your ingredients?

  • What is Meal, such as Chicken Meal?

  • What is Tapioca and why is it in your Instinct kibble?

  • Where can I buy your foods?

  • How much does your food cost?

  • Can I have your food delivered?

  • Do you have a frequent buyer program?

  • Do you guarantee your foods?

  • Can I buy your foods online?

  • Can I buy directly from you?

  • How do I get a sample or coupon to try Nature's Variety?

  • Am I eligible to become a retailer of your foods?

  • What are the components of superior nutrition?

  • What is rotation?

  • How do I rotate foods for my dog and cat?

  • What does complete and balanced mean?

  • Is the information on your packaging and website dry matter or wet (as fed)?

  • Why should I consider grain-free foods for my pet?

  • Why should I consider raw food for my pet?

  • Are Instinct Raw Frozen Diets complete and balanced?

  • Should I cook the raw food?

  • How do I handle raw foods when feeding my pet?

  • Why is there 5% vegetables and fruits in your raw formulas?

  • Why do you include raw ground bone in Raw Frozen Diets?

  • Is the raw ground bone in your raw diets safe for my pet?

  • Where do your meat and poultry come from?

  • What is your animal testing policy?

  • Where are your products made?

  • What is High Pressure Processing (HPP)?

  • How does High Pressure Processing work?

  • Which Nature’s Variety foods use HPP?

  • Why has Nature’s Variety chosen to use High Pressure Processing?

  • Is High Pressure Processing appropriate for natural and organic foods?

  • How did the High Pressure Processing technology originate?

  • How does High Pressure Processing maintain the nutritional integrity of the food?

  • Does High Pressure Processing affect the food’s naturally occurring enzymes?

  • Where can I go if I want to learn more about High Pressure Processing?

  • Is High Pressure Processing used on your Raw Frozen Bones?

  • What specifically is the "antimicrobial solution" used on the Raw Frozen Bones, and how is it used?

  • Is your food human grade?

  • How do I handle and serve your raw diets?

  • How do I handle a raw bone?

  • What is the shelf life for your products?

  • How are your foods preserved?

  • Does your Salmon Meal contain Ethoxyquin?

  • How do I store your kibble and canned diets?

  • Why do I occasionally notice a slight change in the color of your diets?

  • Why do I occasionally notice a difference in the moisture content of your Instinct and Prairie cans?

  • Is your packaging recyclable?

  • How long can my pet enjoy a slow roasted treat?

  • How long should I keep a defrosted raw medallion/patty/chub thawed in the refrigerator?