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Victor vs Instinct

Victor vs. Instinct

In this comparison article for Victor vs Instinct, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Victor and Instinct, 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 Instinct vs Victor comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Victor Review Page or Instinct Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Instinct vs. Victor

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.

Victor Dog Food vs. Instinct Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Victor Instinct
Crude Protein 31.9% 35.5%
Crude Fat 17.2% 20.3%
Crude Fiber 4.2% 4.6%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Victor Instinct
Crude Protein 43.0% 45.0%
Crude Fat 29.4% 25.1%
Crude Fiber 6.8% 8.1%

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.

According to our average data, Victor typically provides less protein than Instinct. However, this difference is relatively small and doesn't represent a significant difference between the two brands. In addition, Instinct wet dog foods also provide more protein than Victor wet foods.


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

If you look at the average percentages of crude fat, you'll notice that Instinct typically guarantees 3.17% more fat. This is a fairly small difference between Instinct and Victor, but still worth mentioning. In addition, Victor wet dog foods also provide more fat than Instinct wet foods.


Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber. With regards to wet dog food, Instinct and Victor also provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber.

Victor Cat Food vs. Instinct Cat Food

Dry Cat Food Victor Instinct
Crude Protein 35.2% 44.4%
Crude Fat 17.6% 20.4%
Crude Fiber 3.6% 4.1%
Wet/Canned Cat Food Victor Instinct
Crude Protein 42.7% 48.2%
Crude Fat 24.7% 24.4%
Crude Fiber 7.6% 8.8%

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 Victor. In fact, the difference between the protein content is roughly 9.21%, which is a significant amount. For wet cat foods, Instinct provides more protein (about 5.48% 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

According to our data, Instinct guarantees 2.84% more fat than Victor. Although this difference is relatively small, it's still a notable difference. For wet cat foods, Victor and Instinct provide roughly the same amount of fat.


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

Victor Pet Food Ingredients vs. Instinct Pet Food Ingredients

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

Tomato Pomace

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

Liver
Brewers Rice
Vegetable Oil
Powdered Cellulose

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

Garlic
Canola Oil
Pea Protein
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 Victor & Instinct?

According to our records, Victor has never been recalled.

Instinct has been recalled 2 times.

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

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog Food Victor Instinct
Per Pound $1.59 $3.37
Per Calorie $0.0010 $0.0018
Dry Cat Food Victor Instinct
Per Pound $1.95 $4.60
Per Calorie $0.0012 $0.0024
Wet Dog Food Victor Instinct
Per Pound $3.05 $5.94
Per Calorie $0.0062 $0.0110
Wet Cat Food Victor Instinct
Per Pound $3.75 $8.92
Per Calorie $0.0081 $0.0181

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 Victor or Instinct, 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 Victor or Instinct will depend on your shopping habits.

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


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Where To Buy Victor Pet Foods

You can purchase Victor pet foods from the following stores:


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Where To Buy Instinct Pet Foods

You can purchase Instinct pet food products from these retailers:


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Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Victor Instinct
Dry Dog Food 17 Recipes 31 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 5 Recipes 19 Recipes
Dog Treats
Dry Cat Food 1 Recipes 16 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 2 Recipes 18 Recipes
Cat Treats

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