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Instinct vs Under The Sun

Instinct vs. Under The Sun

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

Guaranteed Analysis: Under The Sun 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. Under The Sun Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Instinct Under The Sun
Crude Protein 35.5% 27.5%
Crude Fat 20.3% 12.1%
Crude Fiber 4.6% 4.6%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Instinct Under The Sun
Crude Protein 45.0% 41.1%
Crude Fat 25.1% 24.5%
Crude Fiber 8.1% 6.1%

Crude Protein Comparison For Dog Food

Protein is an extremely important part of your dog's diet. Without sufficient protein, dogs can develop a wide-range of serious health problems.

Under The Sun dry recipes contain 8.00% less protein than Instinct dry recipes. This difference in protein content is a notable difference between Instinct and Under The Sun. For wet dog foods, Instinct typically provides a little more protein (about 3.97% more).


Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Dietary fats serves a multitude of roles in the proper development and function of our canine companions. Here are some of the benefits (not exhaustive):

  • Help produce prostaglandins, which reduce inflammation among other critical functions.
  • Aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
  • Improve skin and coat health
  • Improve the palatially of your dog's food

Instinct dry dog foods clearly provides more fat than Under The Sun. In fact, the difference between the fat content is roughly 8.27%, which is a significant amount. For wet dog foods, Instinct and Under The Sun provide roughly the same amount of fat.


Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber. For wet dog foods, Instinct typically provides a little more fiber (about 2.00% more).

Instinct Cat Food vs. Under The Sun Cat Food

Wet/Canned Cat Food Instinct Under The Sun
Crude Protein 48.2% 46.5%
Crude Fat 24.4% 22.3%
Crude Fiber 8.8% 6.7%

Crude Protein Comparison For Cat Food

Protein is an extremely important part of your cat's diet. Without sufficient protein, cats can develop a wide-range of serious health problems.

There is a relatively insignificant difference between the crude protein content of the two brands.


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):

  • Aid in the digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
  • Improve the health of skin/coat
  • Slow the growth of yeast infections
  • Slow the development and spread of certain type of cancers.
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure

There is a small difference between the fat content of Instinct and Under The Sun. We can see that Instinct guarantees about 2.09% more fat than Under The Sun.


Instinct Pet Food Ingredients vs. Under The Sun Pet Food Ingredients

Instinct and Under The Sun both use the following controversial ingredients in many of their products:

Canola Oil
Pea Protein

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

Garlic
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.

Instinct and Under The Sun both use the following harmful ingredients in many of their products:

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

Here are some of the harmful ingredients used only by Under The Sun.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex

Product Safety: Recall History of Instinct & Under The Sun?

Instinct has been recalled 2 times.

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

According to our records, Under The Sun has never been recalled.

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog Food Instinct Under The Sun
Per Pound $3.37 $2.07
Per Calorie $0.0018 $0.0014
Wet Dog Food Instinct Under The Sun
Per Pound $5.94 $5.25
Per Calorie $0.0110 $0.0110
Wet Cat Food Instinct Under The Sun
Per Pound $9.10 $6.34
Per Calorie $0.0183 $0.0141

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 Under The Sun, 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 Under The Sun 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 Under The Sun. 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:


125 Recipes In-Stock Today

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Where To Buy Under The Sun Pet Foods

You can purchase Under The Sun pet food products from these retailers:


20 Recipes In-Stock Today

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20 Recipes In-Stock Today

Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Instinct Under The Sun
Dry Dog Food 31 Recipes 7 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 19 Recipes 8 Recipes
Dog Treats
Dry Cat Food 16 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 18 Recipes 9 Recipes
Cat Treats

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