Ok, I gave some of the chicken & vegetable to both girls a couple of days ago - 5.5 oz. cans. I remembered what you said about what it looked like, and there wasn't anything like what you described. It is a smushy pate, like anie said, maybe the consistency of very thick pudding. But it had what looked like small, rice-shaped tapioca pearls or something in it, at least on the top. After what you said, I thought it might be bits of potato. I didn't see it in the rest of the pate, so either it was something about the way the light was on the food, or I don't have any idea what it was.
It had a fairly strong smell, but not awful (as far as cat food goes, I mean). They really liked it for the first few bites, then they walked away and wouldn't eat anymore later. It didn't produce diarrhea though. In fact, oddly, it might have brought on constipation, though I can't say for sure, since I've never figured out a pattern to Celia's constipation.
cinderflower, Celia loves rabbit, but she didn't like the texture of the Hound & Gatos - you know how the texture isn't consistent throughout. That's fine with me, because I thought it was just nasty.
Since doodlebug's made me aware that Nature's Variety Instinct rabbit is sourced in China, I've been looking for an alternative. I and love and you had a rabbit flavor, but she didn't like it. So I'm still looking...
How are your kitties doing now?