Nature's Variety is a nutritious and well-reviewed brand of cat food that has received a lot of attention from cat owners. The company that makes Nature's Variety cat food is based out of Nebraska, and is currently an independently owned pet food company.
Types of Formulas
Nature's Variety currently offers several different types of pet food formulations. These include raw frozen formulas, freeze dried formulas, canned formulas and dry formulas. The meats and vegetables in the formulas are advertised as being organic. Some of the Nature's Variety formulas are grain-free, and are marketed under the “Instinct” brand. The Prairie brand of Instinct isn't grain free, but is marketed as being a nutritious choice by Nature's Variety.
Sources of Protein
The sources of protein in Nature's Variety vary slightly depending on the specific formula. However, the primary source of protein in all Nature's Variety formulas always comes from a meat source, not a vegetable source. Much of the meats contained in some Nature's Variety formulas are organ meats, which are favored by some nutritional experts as being an important component of pet food.
Sources of Carbohydrates
There are a variety of different carbohydrate sources in Nature's Variety cat food. For the grain-free formulas, carbohydrates come from sources such as butternut squash, apples and carrots. For the formulas that aren't grain-free, many of the carbohydrates come from sources such as brown rice and oatmeal. Vegetables and fruits also provide carbohydrates in all Nature's Variety formulas.
Some Nature's Variety formulas do contain dairy, usually in the form of cottage cheese. Apple cider vinegar is also a common ingredient in the formulas. There are several active cultures in Nature's Variety cat food formulas, which help to aid in digestion. Even in the dry kibble formulas of Nature's Variety, there are still several ingredients that are freeze-dried. There are no artificial preservatives in Nature's Variety - instead, the formulas are preserved with ingredients such as citric acid, mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract.
What are Other Cat Owners Saying?
The majority of cat owners seem to have good things to say about Nature's Variety cat food formulas. The formulas are nutritious, and contain a good percentage of meat-based protein. Though the grain-free Nature's Variety formulas are the favorites among cat owners, some cat owners still say that they've had good results with the regular formulas. Pet nutritional experts also seem to rate Nature's Variety as being a good-quality, nutritious brand of cat food.