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Instinct vs Wild Calling

Instinct vs. Wild Calling

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

Guaranteed Analysis: Wild Calling 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. Wild Calling Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Instinct Wild Calling
Crude Protein 35.6% 31.0%
Crude Fat 20.3% 18.5%
Crude Fiber 4.6% 4.9%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Instinct Wild Calling
Crude Protein 45.0% 41.2%
Crude Fat 25.0% 33.0%
Crude Fiber 7.9% 4.5%

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.

Wild Calling dry recipes contain 4.62% less protein than Instinct dry recipes. This difference in protein content is a notable difference between Instinct and Wild Calling. For wet dog foods, Instinct typically provides a little more protein (about 3.83% 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

Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude fat. For wet dog foods, Wild Calling provides more fat (about 7.93% more).


As you can see, Instinct and Wild Calling guarantee a similar amount of crude fiber. For wet dog foods, Instinct typically provides a little more fiber (about 3.35% more).

Instinct Cat Food vs. Wild Calling Cat Food

Dry Cat Food Instinct Wild Calling
Crude Protein 44.5% 35.2%
Crude Fat 20.6% 18.7%
Crude Fiber 4.2% 4.4%
Wet/Canned Cat Food Instinct Wild Calling
Crude Protein 48.3% 41.7%
Crude Fat 24.7% 31.4%
Crude Fiber 8.8% 5.3%

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.

Instinct dry cat foods clearly provides more protein than Wild Calling. In fact, the difference between the protein content is roughly 9.30%, which is a significant amount. For wet cat foods, Instinct provides more protein (about 6.63% more).


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

Wild Calling and Instinct both provide roughly the same amount of crude fat. For wet cat foods, Wild Calling provides more fat (about 6.71% more).


There is a relatively insignificant difference between the crude fiber content of the two brands. For wet cat foods, Instinct typically provides a little more fiber (about 3.48% more).

Instinct Pet Food Ingredients vs. Wild Calling Pet Food Ingredients

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

Pea Protein

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

Garlic
Canola Oil
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 & Wild Calling?

Instinct has been recalled 2 times.

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

According to our records, Wild Calling has never been recalled.

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Wet Dog Food Instinct Wild Calling
Per Pound $5.97 $3.10
Per Calorie $0.0111 $0.0050

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 Wild Calling, 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 Wild Calling 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 Wild Calling. 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 Wild Calling Pet Foods

You can purchase Wild Calling pet food products from these retailers:


2 Recipes In-Stock Today


Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Instinct Wild Calling
Dry Dog Food 27 Recipes 6 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 18 Recipes 8 Recipes
Dog Treats
Dry Cat Food 14 Recipes 2 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 17 Recipes 6 Recipes
Cat Treats

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