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Instinct vs Open Farm

Instinct vs. Open Farm

In this comparison article for Instinct vs Open Farm, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Instinct and Open Farm, we'll use up-to-date nutritional and price information.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best pet food brand for your pet. Factors such as ingredient quality, guaranteed analysis, product safety, brand history, and cost are among the most important factors to consider.

Throughout this Open Farm vs Instinct comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Instinct Review Page or Open Farm Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Open Farm vs. Instinct

According to AAFCO, all pet food labels must provide a guaranteed analysis of nutrient content. The analysis must provide guaranteed minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.

All percentages used in this comparison are averages reported on a dry matter basis.

Instinct Dog Food vs. Open Farm Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Instinct Open Farm
Crude Protein 35.5% 38.2%
Crude Fat 20.3% 25.5%
Crude Fiber 4.6% 4.6%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Instinct Open Farm
Crude Protein 45.0% 44.4%
Crude Fat 25.1% 31.9%
Crude Fiber 8.1% 11.1%

Crude Protein Comparison For Dog Food

Dogs require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Twelve of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining ten are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these ten essential amino acids.

If you look at the average percentages of crude protein, you'll notice that Open Farm typically guarantees 2.75% more protein. This is a fairly small difference between Open Farm and Instinct, but still worth mentioning. For wet dog foods, Instinct and Open Farm provide roughly the same amount of protein.


Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Like protein, fats are an essential part of a dog's body. Fats are needed for the proper development and function of the canine body.

The table shows that Instinct provides far less fat than Open Farm. The difference in fat content is roughly 5.21%. In addition, Open Farm wet dog foods also provide more fat than Instinct wet foods.


As you can see, Open Farm and Instinct guarantee a similar amount of crude fiber. For wet dog foods, Open Farm typically provides a little more fiber (about 3.05% more).

Instinct Cat Food vs. Open Farm Cat Food

Dry Cat Food Instinct Open Farm
Crude Protein 44.4% 41.1%
Crude Fat 20.4% 20%
Crude Fiber 4.1% 3.3%
Wet/Canned Cat Food Instinct Open Farm
Crude Protein 48.2% 43.5%
Crude Fat 24.4% 29.2%
Crude Fiber 8.8% 11.1%

Crude Protein Comparison For Cat Food

Cats require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Eleven of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining eleven are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these eleven essential amino acids.

According to our data, Instinct guarantees 3.26% more protein than Open Farm. Although this difference is relatively small, it's still a notable difference. In addition, Instinct wet cat foods also provide more protein than Open Farm wet foods.


Crude Fat Comparison For Cat Food

There are many ways in which dietary fat contributes to the overall health of our feline friends. Here is a short list of benefits provided by fats (not exhaustive):

  • Help transport nutrients across cell membranes
  • Fats produce metabolites, which help control inflammation
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure
  • Slow the growth of yeast infections
  • Fats improve the taste/texture of food.

Open Farm and Instinct both provide roughly the same amount of crude fat. For wet cat foods, Open Farm provides more fat (about 4.74% more).


There is a relatively insignificant difference between the crude fiber content of the two brands. For wet cat foods, Open Farm typically provides a little more fiber (about 2.32% more).

Instinct Pet Food Ingredients vs. Open Farm Pet Food Ingredients

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Instinct.

Garlic
Canola Oil
Pea Protein
Tomato Pomace
Dried Tomato Pomace
Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid)

We believe that certain pet food ingredients are linked to adverse health affects; these ingredients are classified as harmful.

Here are some of the harmful ingredients used only by Instinct.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

Product Safety: Recall History of Instinct & Open Farm?

Instinct has been recalled 2 times.

  • July 24, 2015: Salmonella
  • Feb. 15, 2013: Pieces of clear plastic in bag

According to our records, Open Farm has never been recalled.

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog Food Instinct Open Farm
Per Pound $3.37 $21.44
Per Calorie $0.0018 $0.0024
Dry Cat Food Instinct Open Farm
Per Pound $4.60 $5.75
Per Calorie $0.0024 $0.0033
Wet Dog Food Instinct Open Farm
Per Pound $5.94 $5.12
Per Calorie $0.0110 $0.0118
Wet Cat Food Instinct Open Farm
Per Pound $8.92 $7.76
Per Calorie $0.0181 $0.0188

The average cost-per-lb is heavily influenced by the varying amounts of moisture present in each brand's food products (wet vs. dry food, dry vs. freeze-dried food, etc). However, the average cost-per-kcal eliminates the influence of moisture. Therefore, the average cost-per-kcal is the better metric to consider.

If you'd like to calculate the average cost-per-day or cost-pet-year of feeding Instinct or Open Farm, input your pet's weight into our cost analyzer widget.

Averages price data can identify whether or not there exists a significant price difference between two brands. However, the actual price that you'll pay for Instinct or Open Farm will depend on your shopping habits.

Pet owners who use our price comparison feature typically save more than 25% off retail prices for Instinct and Open Farm. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.


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Where To Buy Instinct Pet Foods

You can purchase Instinct pet foods from the following stores:


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Where To Buy Open Farm Pet Foods

You can purchase Open Farm pet food products from these retailers:


32 Recipes In-Stock Today

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Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Instinct Open Farm
Dry Dog Food 31 Recipes 5 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 19 Recipes 4 Recipes
Dog Treats 5 Treats
Dry Cat Food 16 Recipes 4 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 18 Recipes 6 Recipes
Cat Treats

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