Aug 192013

Hey kitties!  Nature’s Variety has a new line of grain-free canned foods called “Pride by Instinct.” The nice peoples at asked us if we would be interested in trying Pride by Instinct and let everybuddy know what we think of it.  Well, we like to try new foods so of course we said yes!


We taste-tested two different flavors…Champ’s Chicken and Sherlock’s Salmon…both which are flaked. They also offer a minced version as well as several other flavors like lamb, duck, rabbit and tuna.

Here’s what Nature’s Variety says about Pride by Instinct:

  • Tasty recipes in unique proteins and forms for every cat’s palate
  • Grain-free, gluten-free canned cat food
  • Flaked texture – thin cuts in savory gravy, or
  • Minced texture – ground bits in savory gravy
  • Omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
  • Natural nutrition with added vitamins, minerals and taurine
  • Complete and balanced for adults
  • Made in the USA


Wally and Ernie taste-tested the Champ’s Chicken.

Zoey taste-tested the Sherlock’s Salmon.

Okay, we know…you don’t care about all that nutrition stuff…you just wanna know how it tastes, right? Well, y’know what?  It tastes really good!  All of us ate it right up and went looking for more!  And for you kitties that don’t like chunky foods, the flaked version that we tried was not big chunks of foods.  We give the Nature’s Variety a big “paws up!”  So go ahead…give the Pride by Instinct a try!


This stuff is bowl-licking good!

We wanna thank the nice peoples at for giving us the opportunity to try the Nature’s Variety Pride by Instinct.  If your humans aren’t shopping for your foods at, they really should be.  Chewy’s prices and selections are great…all orders over $49 ship for free…and shipping is quick…most orders are received within 2-3 days.  And Chewy always uses the BEST boxes to ship the food in.

Now for the disclosure:  We got several cans of the Nature’s Variety Pride by Instinct for free when we agreed to do this review, but that’s all we got, and it did not influence our opinion about it.


  47 Responses to “We Take Pride!”

  1. If it’s as good as you say, we may have to move to the USA and try it.

  2. you had us at ‘savory gravy.’

  3. We might need to try that! We get our dy food auto-shipped by

    The Florida Furkids

  4. Yum that’s looks like a real winner! THanks for sharing your review with us!

  5. It looks as though Wally’s decided it’s delish.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  6. Looks like you enjoyed your dinner! Have fun kitties.

  7. YUM!!! We’re adding that to Glogirly’s shopping list. : )

  8. Gosh, Mom says they don’t have this brand at any of our grocery stores OR the pet store but then again I’m incredibly (Mom says the word is RIDICULOUSLY not INCREDIBLY) picky about food. I’d probably give her the “what the heck is this stuff???” look which I’m rather famous for. However, we’ll see what we can do – perhaps it’s available online – everything else is in the world so who knows?!

    Kitty Hugs, sammy


  10. Bowl-licking good is all we had to hear and see!

  11. Mum dinner timeeeeee meow

  12. That must be really good food if all of you scarfed it down. We are going to get to try that food too. We can’t wait. That was a great write up for sure. Take care and have a great day.

  13. Yummy ! Is it available in Europe ?

  14. We can see that you enjoyed it. Angel does not like big chunks. Sometimes she has problems with Temptations size!

  15. Interestin’ stuff. Wonder if it’s available in Canada…


  16. We’ve not tried this brand but love Mr. Chewy.

  17. looks as if its a winne for you guys,xx Speedy

  18. that might be some good stuff to have on hand… you know… just in case 🙂

  19. Very well-done review. We’re thinking that it’s probably not for us. We don’t like flaked food of any kind and we’ve never tried ground. We are pretty much happy with pate. Glad you enjoyed these new offerings. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  20. We liked those foods too! They’re yummy!

  21. We are just recently trying (and liking!) shredded and flaked wet fuuds–Mommy will have to get some of this for us!

  22. I have a couple of cans sitting there waiting for me to review too, so happy to see the kitties enjoyed the ones you got!

  23. WOW gang, you hit the yum jackpot!!!

  24. zoey…we bee with ewe on this one…rock on sherlocks salmon !!!

  25. …tapping claw on keyboard…hmmmm…maybe I should try something other than chik-hen and liver….you were lickin’ that bowl with that tongue pretty seriously there Wally…must be good!

  26. Thanks for the good review pals. Hmm, I’ll have to check and see if they make it in the smooth kind – the old fashioned stuff before chipped, sliced. etc. Now M can’t think of the name. But that is the kind I like best.

  27. Oh boy!! It’s always nice to see foods that are bowl lickin’ good!!!!
    Thanks for the review 🙂
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  28. You couldn’t send some in an envelope could ya? We are deficient in Mr Chewy over here!! 😉

  29. That looks delicious! I like flaked food the best. If I get chunks mum has to mash them up small for me.

  30. That looks really tasty! We haven’t tried this, but we sure like Mr. Chewy. The man in blue shorts knows those Mr. Chewy boxes well!

  31. Mmmm! Sounds tasty!

  32. That looks yummy! I’d like to try the salmon! Great review!


  33. Whoa! I thought you guys did *do* wet fuds. BTW, I kinda like that Taste of the Wild you sent me at least until it gets refrigerated.

  34. That does sound like great food for sure! We like that company but haven’t tried it yet.

  35. Thank you so much for your visit, we are so happy! Lovely blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. We are going to ask Daddy to get some for us when he’s in the US for a meeting. While we like Nature’s Variety Instinct, we don’t really like the chunky Homestyle version (we like the broth, though!). So maybe we’ll like the flaked version. Thanks for the review!

  37. That sure looks yummy! We wonder if it would pass the “Oui Oui” test? If she eats it, then its fantastic.

  38. We will have to get mombean to keep her eyes open for some of this delicious sounding stinky goodness.

  39. Now that looks super Nommy 🙂 xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  40. Wow looks like you all enjoyed the food a lot! We shop at Chewys for some items, too and love their fast shipping 🙂

  41. We may have ta give that new chicken variety a try next Chewy order!

  42. I like to actually SEND my Human to PetSmart. It’s more work for her that way, AND she usually peruses the aisles for new discoveries AND the TOY aisles too. I worry if she did mail order I would lose out on those impulse-items, MOL!

  43. They look so thrilled eating that! jajaja Enjoy it:)

  44. that tongue shot is the best! Lucy loved this food too!

  45. Mom’s been wondering about this after getting an email from them. Thanks for the info.
    xoxo Kassey

  46. We use Chewy’s too but we have to eat what Disco has to eat, so for us it’s Instinct Rabbit…

  47. We can´t use Chewy´s in Sweden 🙁
    But we have other grreat internet stores there you can shop to you drop 🙂

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