The concept of limited ingredient diets has been around for quite some time. These diets are designed for cats with sensitive stomachs, food allergies or intolerances. By limiting the number of proteins, chances of a cat reacting to the ingredients in a diet are reduced.
A limited ingredient diet is not the same as a diet used for a complete food elimination trial. To truly diagnose food intolerance, cat guardians must feed a novel protein, meaning, a protein that the cat has never eaten before, and feed nothing but the diet containing the novel protein for a period of at least eight weeks.
Since pet food manufacturers are starting to use more and more “exotic” proteins in their diets – rabbit, venison, duck and lamb have become so common that they can’t be considered “novel” anymore, finding a protein your cat has not previously been exposed to is becoming more difficult. Even proteins such as bison, pheasant, and quail are used in more and more diets. For this reason, a limited ingredient diet can be a good choice for cats with potential food allergies since it has fewer ingredients than regular diets, thus reducing the potential for reactions.
Nature’s Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Formulas are said to be made with only pure, simple, essential ingredients that have been carefully chosen and thoughtfully balanced for your cat’s special needs. The diets are grain-free and gluten-free, and are made with one protein and one hypoallergenic starch, combined with just a few other wholesome, natural ingredients.
I like the entire Instinct line of canned diets, and would feed these diets if I were feeding canned food. I do not recommend any dry food for cats.
Nature’s Variety Instinct is offering two cases to one lucky winner. One case will go to the winner, the second case will go to the winner’s favorite shelter or rescue group. Winner gets to choose the protein.
***This giveaway is closed***
To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment which protein of the diet you’d like to win, and the name of your favorite shelter or rescue group. To see all the available proteins, please scroll through the list of Instinct grain-free canned diets. Please note that this giveaway is for the three flavors of Limited Ingredient only, not for Instinct’s regular formulas. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment for each social network, letting me know that you shared (no need to post the link to your share). This giveaway is only open to readers in the United States, and ends Thursday, January 17. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.
For more information about Nature’s Variety Instinct and their full line of diets, please visit InstinctPetfood.com.
* Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing.