Instinct vs. Petcurean

Instinct vs Petcurean

In this comparison article for Instinct vs Petcurean, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Instinct and Petcurean, 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 Petcurean 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 Petcurean Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Petcurean 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. Petcurean Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Instinct Petcurean
Crude Protein 41.0% 29.0%
Crude Fat 23.7% 15.4%
Crude Fiber 5.3% 4.6%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Instinct Petcurean
Crude Protein 48.9% 43.8%
Crude Fat 28.2% 24.4%
Crude Fiber 11.1% 6.1%

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.

On average, Instinct dry dog food recipes contain 12.01% more protein than Petcurean recipes. Clearly, there is a significant difference between the protein content of Petcurean and Instinct. For wet dog foods, Instinct provides more protein (about 5.17% more).


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.

When you look at the average percentages of crude fat for dry dog food, it's clear that Instinct provides significantly more fat. On average, Instinct guarantees about 8.28% more protein than Petcurean. For wet dog foods, Instinct typically provides a little more fat (about 3.79% more).


As you can see, Petcurean and Instinct guarantee a similar amount of crude fiber. For wet dog foods, Instinct provides more fiber (about 5.02% more).

Instinct Cat Food vs. Petcurean Cat Food

Dry Cat Food Instinct Petcurean
Crude Protein 44.6% 37.6%
Crude Fat 22.3% 19.2%
Crude Fiber 4.7% 3.4%
Wet/Canned Cat Food Instinct Petcurean
Crude Protein 50.7% 46.6%
Crude Fat 23.7% 26.6%
Crude Fiber 12.2% 5.2%

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.

The table shows that Petcurean provides far less protein than Instinct. The difference in protein content is roughly 7.03%. In addition, Instinct wet cat foods also provide more protein than Petcurean 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.

If you look at the average percentages of crude fat, you'll notice that Instinct typically guarantees 3.03% more fat. This is a fairly small difference between Instinct and Petcurean, but still worth mentioning. In addition, Petcurean wet cat foods also provide more fat than Instinct wet foods.


Petcurean and Instinct both provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber. For wet cat foods, Instinct provides more fiber (about 7.01% more).

Instinct Pet Food Ingredients vs. Petcurean Pet Food Ingredients

Instinct and Petcurean both use the following controversial ingredients in many of their products:

Canola Oil

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

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

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

Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)

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 & Petcurean?

Instinct has been recalled 2 times.

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

According to our records, Petcurean has never been recalled.

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog Food Instinct Petcurean
Per Pound $9.44 $3.56
Per Calorie $0.0047 $0.0021
Dry Cat Food Instinct Petcurean
Per Pound $6.46 $4.84
Per Calorie $0.0033 $0.0026
Wet Dog Food Instinct Petcurean
Per Pound $6.52 $4.75
Per Calorie $0.0107 $0.0107
Wet Cat Food Instinct Petcurean
Per Pound $8.13 $7.45
Per Calorie $0.0171 $0.0155

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 Petcurean, 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 Petcurean 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 Petcurean. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.


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Where To Buy Instinct and Petcurean Pet Foods

You can purchase Instinct pet foods from the following stores:


You can purchase Petcurean pet food products from these retailers:


Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Instinct Petcurean
Dry Dog Food 26 Recipes 29 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 19 Recipes 9 Recipes
Dog Treats 8 Treats 4 Treats
Dry Cat Food 14 Recipes 10 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 29 Recipes 11 Recipes
Cat Treats 2 Treats

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