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Instinct vs Whole Paws

Instinct vs. Whole Paws

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

Guaranteed Analysis: Whole Paws 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. Whole Paws Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Instinct Whole Paws
Crude Protein 34.7% 29.8%
Crude Fat 20.9% 17.3%
Crude Fiber 4.7% 3.3%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Instinct Whole Paws
Crude Protein 43.1% 40.5%
Crude Fat 26.8% 23.6%
Crude Fiber 8.6% 7.5%

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.

The table shows that Whole Paws provides far less protein than Instinct. The difference in protein content is roughly 4.93%. For wet dog foods, Instinct typically provides a little more protein (about 2.66% 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.

If you look at the average percentages of crude fat, you'll notice that Instinct typically guarantees 3.61% more fat. This is a fairly small difference between Instinct and Whole Paws, but still worth mentioning. In addition, Instinct wet dog foods also provide more fat than Whole Paws wet foods.


As you can see, Whole Paws and Instinct guarantee a similar amount of crude fiber. With regards to wet dog food, Instinct and Whole Paws also provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber.

Instinct Cat Food vs. Whole Paws Cat Food

Dry Cat Food Instinct Whole Paws
Crude Protein 44.1% 33.3%
Crude Fat 21.4% 18.5%
Crude Fiber 4.0% 7.0%
Wet/Canned Cat Food Instinct Whole Paws
Crude Protein 47.6% 46.1%
Crude Fat 23.7% 23.3%
Crude Fiber 8.9% 5.5%

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.

On average, Instinct dry cat food recipes contain 10.81% more protein than Whole Paws recipes. Clearly, there is a significant difference between the protein content of Whole Paws and Instinct. For wet cat foods, Instinct and Whole Paws provide roughly the same amount of protein.


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.

According to our data, Instinct guarantees 2.83% more fat than Whole Paws. Although this difference is relatively small, it's still a notable difference. For wet cat foods, Instinct and Whole Paws provide roughly the same amount of fat.


There is a small difference between the fiber content of Whole Paws and Instinct. We can see that Whole Paws guarantees about 3.03% more fiber than Instinct. In addition, Instinct wet cat foods also provide more fiber than Whole Paws wet foods.

Instinct Pet Food Ingredients vs. Whole Paws Pet Food Ingredients

Instinct and Whole Paws 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)

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Whole Paws.

Poultry Giblets
Powdered Cellulose

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 & Whole Paws?

Instinct has been recalled 2 times.

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

According to our records, Whole Paws has never been recalled.


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Where To Buy Instinct Pet Foods

You can purchase Instinct pet foods from the following stores:


94 Recipes In-Stock Today

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Where To Buy Whole Paws Pet Foods

You can purchase Whole Paws pet food products from these retailers:


Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Instinct Whole Paws
Dry Dog Food 32 Recipes 5 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 10 Recipes 7 Recipes
Dog Treats 8 Treats
Dry Cat Food 16 Recipes 3 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 16 Recipes 8 Recipes
Cat Treats

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