Dec. 2, 2016

Halo Cat Food Reviews

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Top 5 Ingredients*
  1. Chicken

  2. Eggs

  3. Pea protein

  4. Oats

  5. Pearled barley

Artificial Ingredients No
Contains By-products No
Price Range $$
*Halo Spot's Stew Natural Dry Cat Food, Indoor Cat, Wholesome Chicken Recipe was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list
What's good about this pet food
  • human-grade meats
  • fruits
  • vegetables
What's not so good about this pet food
  • none

Our Analysis

Halo Cat Food gets a very high rating for its healthy and nutritious cat food made with real meats and quality vegetables. The company only uses human-grade meats like chicken, turkey, lamb, wild salmon and beef. This means no nasty by-products. By-products run the risk of containing meat from animals that were diseased or dying, and meat that is not tested for quality.

It is nice to find a cat food that contains meat that is safe enough for humans to eat, as you can be sure your cat is getting the very best proteins. In addition, the food contains healthy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains for added nutritional value. Halo also adds vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to aid in enhancing immune systems and preventing diseases. The lack of preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial flavors is another bonus. For cats with digestion problems or issues with grains, there are grain-free formulas as well. This is a wholesome, balanced cat food for optimum health.

The Word on the Street...

Customer reviews are mixed about Halo Cat Food. Some say that the food is a favorite with their cats and that the cats cannot wait for the owners to crack open a can or bag. Many say that their cats exhibit less waste after eating the food. In addition, pet owners like the smell of the food and say that it smells almost like human food. However, some cat owners say that their cats will not eat this food, particularly the canned wet food. Some say it is too watery and mushy, and that their cats refuse to eat the large chunks of peas.

There is much debate over whether cats need to eat vegetables for a balanced diet. Our belief is that although veggies are not essential to a cat’s diet, they can contribute plenty of antioxidants and fiber that aid in fighting off diseases. If your cat does lap up this food, all the better as Halo is an excellent nutritious cat food that uses high quality, natural ingredients.

  • Gabrielle

    I’m on here researching the prescription diet the Vet wants to put my 3 cats on as HALO food has let to over $1,000 in vet bills within a 30 day period. For a couple years I was feeding a different brand to help with weight loss. It worked and last June, the heaviest of the 3 weighed 10 pounds. Around August, the boys all starting throwing up a lot and a Vet Tech Nutrition friend, after reading the label, said they were likely reacting to long term consumption of “meal” based meats. So we did some research and slowly transition them to Halo. They were eating 100% Halo as of September.

    By November, we had noticed a weight increase and they were binge eating; going through food way faster than normal. We adjusted their feeding schedule realizing they REALLY liked the food and dropped their intake to bring the weight off. By the end of December, the throwing up started again. We figured out it was Mowgli and the vomit was bile-like rather than just food that they’d been throwing up before. Within a week, we had what had been our smallest cat, at 8 pounds, at the vet for lethargy and temperament change. He weighted in at 16 pounds!!!! He was ridiculously constipated. After xrays, blood-work and TWO enemas, he was sent home with some pain meds and antibiotics. The vet wasn’t sure the cause of the constipation but all organs checked out and since he had a small sinus infections, we assumed it was secondary to the infection. Three weeks later, we were back at the vet with another cat who had the same symptoms. Shocker…he was severely constipated. He also showed signs of early pancreatitis. He did not have a sinus infection so the Vet asked us a ton of questions about the house, possible poisons and their food, looking for a parallel.

    In 4 months time on HALO, all 3 cats have gained 5-10 pounds each, and in a 30 day period, we had over $1,000 in vet bills. Only one of the cats has ever needed any Vet care beyond annual checkups and vaccines. They have all been checked over now and the vet has decided it’s some sort of metabollic stress. In comparing the HALO food to the old one, the benefits were higher protein which is great for weight loss and no “meal”. The downside, double the fat and half the fiber. The Vet thinks this was the trigger. Our instructions, bland chicken and pumpkin until the vomiting stops. After that stopped, we mixed the chicken and pumpkin in with the HALO to transition them back to dry food and now that they are back on dry food, we are transitioning them to Science Diet Metabolic at $60 for a 17 pound bag. Sigh.

    I am on here trying to find a comparable, non-prescription diet, so that I’m not spending $120 a month on cat food. I LOVED HALO when we first switched over. I HATE it now. Watch your cats. I hope they don’t have similar issues but watch them close.

    • lizstuart

      Solid Gold Indigo Moon. I had two cats who lived to be 24 and 16 on it exclusively, with a once a week canned food “treat”.

      Now, my six year old Russian Blue is on Indigo Moon. I free feed him. He’s an indoor cat. He likes the food just fine.

  • Jennie

    Hi! I’ve got two cats. Asari is three, Toedoe is nine.

    I bought Halo’s Spots Stew, Wholesome Turkey Recipe kibble about a week ago. I had been feeding them a lesser quality ‘holistic’ brand for the past three years. I was happy with the food but I felt that they were shedding more than they should be. Toedoes coat wasn’t looking as nice, shiny and smooth as it once had.

    When I got home I was excited to open the bag and feed the kitties. I resisted the urge of switching cold turkey and mixed 1/4 New and 3/4 old food. Asari got sick, she’s a medium hair so occasionally I find hairballs. They were hair balls, but then she kept puking up the food after she ate it. As the week progressed, the piles of vomit became smaller and smaller. But by Wednesday I was so sick of cleaning up cat vomit I decided I would swap back to the old brand if nothing changed before Saturday.

    For the rest of the week, I monitored Asari. I noticed her temperament never changed, she was as active, cuddly and adorable as ever. Today, I upped the mix to 50/50 deciding that since she hasn’t been sick for 4 days that it was safe…. I have a strong feeling that it wasn’t so much the food that was making her sick (ie. with all the fruits and veggies like some people are suggesting), but just the fact that it was so rich. If you’re used to eating oatmeal every day for three years, then suddenly you switch to turkey… you’re going to get sick. I would be interested to know how quickly everyone else decided it wasn’t worth it.

    So with one week in, the cats seem happy and satisfied with the food. They’re definitely eating less than they used to, even with mixing the foods, which says a lot. I’m still hoping it will fix the shedding & coat issue, but only time will tell.

  • Irene Morrissette

    I live with 7 cats (and one dog) and all of the cats but one has taken to the Halo grain-free kibble. Although the food is pricy, I balance the fact that the kibble is made with whole foods therefore providing my gang with more nutrients, therefore less trips to their kibble bowls and the litter boxes. One of the first things I noticed, and it was amazing to me, was they stopped shedding. Within a month of changing from Iams, I noticed that there was very, very little fur in the comb when I groomed them (I mean, I got from all 6 cats one fifth of what I used to get from ONE cat!!!). I chose grain-free because, like my dog as well, I don’t feel that grains are an essential part of a pet’s diet. I am ok with veggies for fiber and minerals/trace nutrients, plus they can eat as much grass and catnip as they want (except the dog … she doesn’t get all the fuss about catnip, lol). My 7th cat, Bandit, who is 18.5 years old, is a bit fussy, but she does like the canned Halo, and basically she gets whatever she wants, so her wet food is varied among the better brands. But she’s not interested in the kibble. All in all, I would have to say that for my family, the benefits and results far, far outweigh the cost of the food. And I like that we get a free bag sooner than most other pet food programs. That helps so much budget-wise.

  • Guest

    I have 7 cats (and one doge) and all of the cats but one has taken to
    the Halo grain-free kibble. Although the food is pricy, I balance the
    fact that the kibble is made with whole foods therefore providing my
    gang with more nutrients, therefore less trips to their kibble bows and
    the litter boxes. One of the first things I noticed, and it was amazing
    to me, was they stopped shedding. Within a month of changing from Iams, I
    noticed that there was very, very little fur in the comb when I groomed
    them (I mean, I got from all 6 cats one fifth of what I used to get
    from ONE cat!!!). I chose grain-free because, like my dog as well, I
    don’t feel that grains are an essential part of a pet’s diet. I am ok
    with veggies for fibre and minerals/trace nutrients, plus they can eat
    as much grass and catnip as they want (except the dog … she doesn’t
    get all the fuss about catnip, lol). My 7th cat, Bandit, who is 18.5
    years old, is a bit fussy, but she does like the canned Halo, and
    basically she gets whatever she wants, so her wet food is varied among
    the better brands. But she’s not interested in the kibble. All in all, I
    would have to say that for my family, the benefits and results far, far
    outweigh the cost of the food. And I like that we get a free bag sooner
    than most programs. Helps so much budget-wise.

  • Geri Presto

    My cat loves Halo Wet Cat Food. He never has digestive issues and has been healthy for five years. I buy it from Mr Chewy at a great price and fast delivery.

  • Zach

    Well I have two cats, brother and sister, and I’ve been feeding them the Nutro Natural Choice for about a year and half and no problems. After some research into Halo’s Spot’s stew and their *quality* ingredients, I thought I would give it a try. I mixed their current food with the halo brand and they loved eating it, but it gave them horrendous diarrhea. Lot of clean ups. Won’t be buying that brand again. Keep in mind that Halo’s “holistic* approach to their ingredients is not very good for your cat. Carnivores only eat meat so why put vegetables in a carnivores diet? READ YOUR INGREDIENT LABLES!!

    • Geri Presto

      Cats do eat grass when they roam outside, they also snack on herbs i.e. catnip as well as melon. So the meat only theory is debunked.

      • Fanatoli Guyoff

        I recently plut a cat cam on my cat for a couple weeks to film what she does about her day. We never fed her much and found she finds most of her own food on the prairie, turns out she eats a lot of mice and a few times caught baby bunnies, a lot of bugs. She tends to eat most of the animal except for the stomach. We never witnessed her once eating any plant material or grass during the days of footage we poured over. We are making a montage film out of the footage for grandma who used to own the cat but had to give her to us when she went into an old folks home. definitely a 100% meat diet as far as i can see, although she often would rub the side of her mouth on plants, but not actually eat them. I have heard this is where there are pheromone glands. She is an 18 pound maine coon type.

  • Nor

    Just wondering how what percent Taurine is in the canned Chicken Pate.

  • Sonja Callahan

    How much Taurine does Halo cat food have in it. Ho many MG?
    I work with rescues and I tell everyone how great this food is. I changed from Blue Buffalo.
    Thank You,
    Sonja Callahan
    Bar Harbor, Maine

  • petmom

    I do have a few worries using this brand only because of the long term use of sodium selenite in their foods. not sure why they call it natural with this cancer causing product.other than that it might be a safe food but the garlic in the can food for dogs is wow very strong.i would go with something like origen or acana but that is just me and how I feel about the sodium selenite.

    • petsrlove

      sodium seleniteis is used to prevent and stop cancer…google it!

  • MeezerMom

    My cats love the grain free chicken. When they hear me grab a bag they come running. They eat less and there’s less waste in the litter pan. They don’t like the canned Halo at all though, too mushy I think and too many clumps of peas.

  • Jen

    My cat was vomiting and had diarrhea after eating this food. I mixed Halo (wet and dry) with her old food for a gradual transition, but as soon as I was feeding 75% Halo, her body completely rejected it. This might be a good food, but it definitely did not agree with my cat. (As a side note, my cat would not eat the carrot chunks in the Halo pate… she actually spit them out). This food is also quite pricey.

    • Sheila M.

      We tried the canned food and used gradual transition, but it made our cat sick too. I’m throwing the rest of the cans away so expensive lesson.

    • neshand

      My cat was having digestive issues and we spent lots of time & money on the vet until they suggested we try a new food. The first day she was off Halo and on a new food, she was finally able to pass stool again.

  • MJG

    I have a 3 1/2 yr old rescue kitty that I’ve enjoyed since she was 6 mo old. I was feeding her IAMS dry, several varieties and many brands of canned food found in the grocery store. When I saw that an IAMS style I was feeding her had been recalled (the variety in the pink bag) I ditched it and researched to find what I should feed her. She loves dry Halo and enjoys the canned as long as I mush it with a fork to integrate the peas and carrot.

  • Anon

    My male cat has horrible gas and diarrhea from this food. Both my male and female cats are producing so much waste that I can barely keep our litter box clean. This food turned my cats into poop machines…animal welfare people at work tell me it’s got a lot more fiber than they’re used to. Cats have also gained weight.

  • EV

    My cat learned to love Halo chicken pate canned cat food while we were in US. Now I am trying to buy it in Ontario (Canada) and cannot find a dealer.

    • Kelly

      Amazon.com sells Halo

    • RC

      Hi EV, Petsmart sells Halo food here in Ontario.

  • Mary Beth

    Has anyone noticed an issue with Halo Spot’s Stew Wholesome Turkey 3oz can cat food? A few months ago I noticed some of the cans have weird white substance in there. I have been feeding my cat this for over a year and never seen this. Usually it has a consistent color but am finding something doesn’t seem right with it. It also has a fishy smell, but the turkey cans don’t have any fish in the ingredients. Wondering if they changed the recipe or if this is a problem that occurred during manufacturing. I am tired of finding this and throwing the can away, wasted money but will not feed to my cat while it doesn’t seem normal. I haven’t found this in any of the Spot’s Stew wholesome chicken just the Turkey. I have also noticed that the turkey has not been restocked in my local Petco. Has anyone heard of any problems or seen this? I plan on calling Halo on Monday to ask if they are aware of an issue.

    • Laura

      I noticed this too but I can’t remember which flavor it was now. It was just 1 can so far.

      • Seema

        I recently noticed the same in two cans of the wholesome lamb. My cat threw up both times so I’ve thrown it all away. The other day I opened a can of the turkey and found a large amount of a greenish jelly like substance so I threw that away. I liked their product when I started using it initially a few months ago, but now I am starting to wonder.

        • Mel

          I contacted Halo about the white bits in the lamb canned cat food as I was concerned about it myself. I just started feeding my cats Halo a few weeks ago and this lamb food was the first time I had bought this flavor from them.

          According to Olga at Halo, the white bits are fat from from the meat.

      • Sally

        Has anyone bothered to contact the manufacturer? That’s the first thing I would do. They may not know they have a problem in manufacturing they are not aware of.

  • Corinne

    I’ve read and have had people at Pet Stores tell me,…. GRAINS ARE NOT GOOD FOR CATS !!!!!!!! Now according to Halo Spot’s Stew, grains can be good for cats. I don’t know who the hell to believe anymore !!!! I’ve heard grains arn’t even good for people. They raise your blood sugar levels, cause inflammation, etc… etc… It makes me extremely ANGRY and FRUSTRATED when one person says ”It’s good”, and then another person says, ”It’s bad”. Again, who the hell am I suppose to believe ????????

    • Anne

      From what I understand, cats do not eat grains in the wild, so it is generally better for housecats not to eat them either. However, if your cat is old or has certain health problems, like kidney problems, a high protein diet can be very bad for that particular kitty. If your kitty has health concerns or is older, consult your vet about what food is appropriate. Otherwise, a grain-free diet is fine.

    • Vic C. Jr.

      Don’t get too frustrated over this because… not all grains are created equal. I find the Halo product to be at or near the top of the “best” list.

      Take the time to do the research. Stay away for wheat, soy and especially corn. Not good at all!

      Other grains, in small quantities, like oat and brown rice, can be nutritionally beneficial and add needed fiber to the diet.

      The idea that cats in the wild not not eat grains and veggies isn’t completely true. A cat may ingest the contents of it’s prey’s stomach, which most likely contains plant products.

      I trust the Halo products and will continue to use them as long as my cats continue to eat it.

      Vic

    • Andrea

      I’m a veterinary technician. I can verify that grains are not good for cats. Chiefly because their bodies cannot process it.. they are made to be carnivores. If there is a tiny amount of grain in a cat’s food then it isn’t the end of the world though.

    • Irene Morrissette

      The only grains that are good for cats, basically, are the “digest” they would get from their prey’s intestines (mice, rabbits, some birds)… the grains would be partially digested, therefore not a problem for the cat. Whole grains are not essential or beneficial to cat. Corn, wheat, soy are among the biggest no-no’s for any animal, actually.

  • Peabody

    Both of my cats love Spots Stew canned or dry food. My cats were eating Royal Canin and hated it and they are soo happy now – they cannot wait until I open the can and they eat both the dry and wet food immediately because they like it so much. My cats used to throw up alot but this has completely stopped. The Halo food looks good, smells more like human food than cat food, and has a lot of moisture in the wet food which helps with urination, so we are all happy to be using it. In addition, there are no chemicals or grain fillers. I recommend it, esp for sensitive stomach cats.

  • danny

    Um, we rescued a 2 yo cat 2 weeks ago. The agency said they fed all their animals Halo cat food. Our new cat turns his nose up at their wet food but eagerly eats the dry. What’s up with that?

    • Pete

      Wife bought Halo dry and their canned Spot’s Stew based on the reported high quality meat content. (and I suspect based on the attractive label graphics with a cute young pet mom feeding her cat a meal a human toddler might get.) I was surprised to find in the wet food, whole peas, carrot chunks and other vegetables. I thought cats were “obligate carnivores” and you weren’t supposed to feed them veggies. My old cat gets smelly yellow diarrhea when he gets the Stew. Another round of household debate- what will it take to get her to stop the Stew?

    • Kristin

      Because there is something in it that some cats just dont like for some weird reason. My cat has never TOUCHED a crumb. I want to know what it is with this food. But on the bright side, my cat LOVES the dry food. It was worth the money.

  • Jack

    My 12 year old fixed male was fat, lethargic, no curiosity and would not play. He just sat around and basically vomited once a week. We fed him Purina One cat food. I tried Halo for sensitive stomach and in less then a week, my cat became a different animal. He was alert, playful, curious, no more vomiting. I can not say enough positives about Halo cat food. Plus, the size of the food pelotas, my cat eats every bit, no left over food particles or “dust”. Give it a try. I have turned on all my cat friends to Halo and they all have had similar results.

More Information

Halo Cat Food

The Halo brand of pet food has gotten a lot of attention, especially after celebrity Ellen DeGeneres became a part-owner. However, does Halo cat food live up to the advertising hype? We feel that it does, because of the high-quality ingredients in the recipes.

Who is Halo Manufactured By?

The company who makes Halo cat food is called Halo Pets, Inc. Halo Pets was founded by Andi Brown, who had a cat named Spot. Spot had many different health problems, and Andi decided that he was going to try to create a formula to keep him in good health. Halo Pets was born, and has expanded to include a variety of different formulas for both cats and dogs. Halo Pets has received a lot of attention from the media, especially after actress and TV host Ellen Degeneres became involved in the company.

Halo Cat Food Recall

Halo cat food is not listed on the FDA’s pet food recall website, and has not been involved in any recent recalls. However, in order to make sure that your cat’s food is safe, it’s always highly recommended that you check the FDA’s pet food recall website. This will help you to stay updated on the latest pet food recall information.

Halo Cat Food Ingredients

The first ingredient in all of the dry Halo cat food formulas is always a whole meat. The second ingredient is always eggs, and the third ingredient is always pea protein. After that, the different formulas branch off to include other ingredients. For the most part, the formulas derive their carbohydrates from oats and barley. There are several different fruit and vegetable ingredients in the dry Halo cat food formulas. Examples of these ingredients: cranberries, apples, carrots, green beans and blueberries. Most of the formulas have a 32-33% guaranteed protein analysis.

Halo Allergies

There do not seem to be any corn, wheat or soy ingredients in any of the Halo dry cat food formulas. Since these are the three most common allergens, this could mean that Halo is suitable for certain cats with allergies. However, if your cat has a specific allergy, you should always read the ingredients of any cat food formula.

Halo Spot’s Stew Dry Recipes:

  • Indoor Recipe Wholesome Chicken
  • Indoor Recipe Wild Salmon
  • Sensitive Recipe Wholesome Turkey
  • Sensitive Recipe Seafood Medley
  • Grain Free Recipe Hearty Chicken

Halo Spot’s Stew Canned Recipes:

  • Grain Free Wholesome Chicken
  • Grain Free Succulent Salmon
  • Grain Free Wholesome Turkey
  • Grain Free Wholesome Lamb
  • Grain Free Chicken and Beef
  • Grain Free Chicken, Shrimp and Lamb

Halo Consumer Info

Where can I buy Halo?

You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Halo Cat Food?”. Halo is sold in many small pet shops, as well as grocery stores and large pet stores. You can also find Halo online at many of the large and small online pet stores.

How much Halo should I feed my cat?

A common question that many pet owners have, is “How much Halo Cat food should I feed my cat?”. Since the answer is dependent on several factors (such as your cat’s age, weight, activity level, etc) always follow the specific instructions on your formula’s packaging.

Halo Cat Food Coupons

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37 Responses to Halo Cat Food

  1. Gabrielle February 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    I’m on here researching the prescription diet the Vet wants to put my 3 cats on as HALO food has let to over $1,000 in vet bills within a 30 day period. For a couple years I was feeding a different brand to help with weight loss. It worked and last June, the heaviest of the 3 weighed 10 pounds. Around August, the boys all starting throwing up a lot and a Vet Tech Nutrition friend, after reading the label, said they were likely reacting to long term consumption of “meal” based meats. So we did some research and slowly transition them to Halo. They were eating 100% Halo as of September.

    By November, we had noticed a weight increase and they were binge eating; going through food way faster than normal. We adjusted their feeding schedule realizing they REALLY liked the food and dropped their intake to bring the weight off. By the end of December, the throwing up started again. We figured out it was Mowgli and the vomit was bile-like rather than just food that they’d been throwing up before. Within a week, we had what had been our smallest cat, at 8 pounds, at the vet for lethargy and temperament change. He weighted in at 16 pounds!!!! He was ridiculously constipated. After xrays, blood-work and TWO enemas, he was sent home with some pain meds and antibiotics. The vet wasn’t sure the cause of the constipation but all organs checked out and since he had a small sinus infections, we assumed it was secondary to the infection. Three weeks later, we were back at the vet with another cat who had the same symptoms. Shocker…he was severely constipated. He also showed signs of early pancreatitis. He did not have a sinus infection so the Vet asked us a ton of questions about the house, possible poisons and their food, looking for a parallel.

    In 4 months time on HALO, all 3 cats have gained 5-10 pounds each, and in a 30 day period, we had over $1,000 in vet bills. Only one of the cats has ever needed any Vet care beyond annual checkups and vaccines. They have all been checked over now and the vet has decided it’s some sort of metabollic stress. In comparing the HALO food to the old one, the benefits were higher protein which is great for weight loss and no “meal”. The downside, double the fat and half the fiber. The Vet thinks this was the trigger. Our instructions, bland chicken and pumpkin until the vomiting stops. After that stopped, we mixed the chicken and pumpkin in with the HALO to transition them back to dry food and now that they are back on dry food, we are transitioning them to Science Diet Metabolic at $60 for a 17 pound bag. Sigh.

    I am on here trying to find a comparable, non-prescription diet, so that I’m not spending $120 a month on cat food. I LOVED HALO when we first switched over. I HATE it now. Watch your cats. I hope they don’t have similar issues but watch them close.

    • lizstuart June 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      Solid Gold Indigo Moon. I had two cats who lived to be 24 and 16 on it exclusively, with a once a week canned food “treat”.

      Now, my six year old Russian Blue is on Indigo Moon. I free feed him. He’s an indoor cat. He likes the food just fine.

  2. Jennie November 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Hi! I’ve got two cats. Asari is three, Toedoe is nine.

    I bought Halo’s Spots Stew, Wholesome Turkey Recipe kibble about a week ago. I had been feeding them a lesser quality ‘holistic’ brand for the past three years. I was happy with the food but I felt that they were shedding more than they should be. Toedoes coat wasn’t looking as nice, shiny and smooth as it once had.

    When I got home I was excited to open the bag and feed the kitties. I resisted the urge of switching cold turkey and mixed 1/4 New and 3/4 old food. Asari got sick, she’s a medium hair so occasionally I find hairballs. They were hair balls, but then she kept puking up the food after she ate it. As the week progressed, the piles of vomit became smaller and smaller. But by Wednesday I was so sick of cleaning up cat vomit I decided I would swap back to the old brand if nothing changed before Saturday.

    For the rest of the week, I monitored Asari. I noticed her temperament never changed, she was as active, cuddly and adorable as ever. Today, I upped the mix to 50/50 deciding that since she hasn’t been sick for 4 days that it was safe…. I have a strong feeling that it wasn’t so much the food that was making her sick (ie. with all the fruits and veggies like some people are suggesting), but just the fact that it was so rich. If you’re used to eating oatmeal every day for three years, then suddenly you switch to turkey… you’re going to get sick. I would be interested to know how quickly everyone else decided it wasn’t worth it.

    So with one week in, the cats seem happy and satisfied with the food. They’re definitely eating less than they used to, even with mixing the foods, which says a lot. I’m still hoping it will fix the shedding & coat issue, but only time will tell.

  3. Irene Morrissette September 27, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    I live with 7 cats (and one dog) and all of the cats but one has taken to the Halo grain-free kibble. Although the food is pricy, I balance the fact that the kibble is made with whole foods therefore providing my gang with more nutrients, therefore less trips to their kibble bowls and the litter boxes. One of the first things I noticed, and it was amazing to me, was they stopped shedding. Within a month of changing from Iams, I noticed that there was very, very little fur in the comb when I groomed them (I mean, I got from all 6 cats one fifth of what I used to get from ONE cat!!!). I chose grain-free because, like my dog as well, I don’t feel that grains are an essential part of a pet’s diet. I am ok with veggies for fiber and minerals/trace nutrients, plus they can eat as much grass and catnip as they want (except the dog … she doesn’t get all the fuss about catnip, lol). My 7th cat, Bandit, who is 18.5 years old, is a bit fussy, but she does like the canned Halo, and basically she gets whatever she wants, so her wet food is varied among the better brands. But she’s not interested in the kibble. All in all, I would have to say that for my family, the benefits and results far, far outweigh the cost of the food. And I like that we get a free bag sooner than most other pet food programs. That helps so much budget-wise.

  4. Guest September 27, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I have 7 cats (and one doge) and all of the cats but one has taken to
    the Halo grain-free kibble. Although the food is pricy, I balance the
    fact that the kibble is made with whole foods therefore providing my
    gang with more nutrients, therefore less trips to their kibble bows and
    the litter boxes. One of the first things I noticed, and it was amazing
    to me, was they stopped shedding. Within a month of changing from Iams, I
    noticed that there was very, very little fur in the comb when I groomed
    them (I mean, I got from all 6 cats one fifth of what I used to get
    from ONE cat!!!). I chose grain-free because, like my dog as well, I
    don’t feel that grains are an essential part of a pet’s diet. I am ok
    with veggies for fibre and minerals/trace nutrients, plus they can eat
    as much grass and catnip as they want (except the dog … she doesn’t
    get all the fuss about catnip, lol). My 7th cat, Bandit, who is 18.5
    years old, is a bit fussy, but she does like the canned Halo, and
    basically she gets whatever she wants, so her wet food is varied among
    the better brands. But she’s not interested in the kibble. All in all, I
    would have to say that for my family, the benefits and results far, far
    outweigh the cost of the food. And I like that we get a free bag sooner
    than most programs. Helps so much budget-wise.

  5. Geri Presto September 6, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    My cat loves Halo Wet Cat Food. He never has digestive issues and has been healthy for five years. I buy it from Mr Chewy at a great price and fast delivery.

  6. Zach June 17, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Well I have two cats, brother and sister, and I’ve been feeding them the Nutro Natural Choice for about a year and half and no problems. After some research into Halo’s Spot’s stew and their *quality* ingredients, I thought I would give it a try. I mixed their current food with the halo brand and they loved eating it, but it gave them horrendous diarrhea. Lot of clean ups. Won’t be buying that brand again. Keep in mind that Halo’s “holistic* approach to their ingredients is not very good for your cat. Carnivores only eat meat so why put vegetables in a carnivores diet? READ YOUR INGREDIENT LABLES!!

    • Geri Presto September 6, 2014 at 9:01 am #

      Cats do eat grass when they roam outside, they also snack on herbs i.e. catnip as well as melon. So the meat only theory is debunked.

      • Fanatoli Guyoff November 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

        I recently plut a cat cam on my cat for a couple weeks to film what she does about her day. We never fed her much and found she finds most of her own food on the prairie, turns out she eats a lot of mice and a few times caught baby bunnies, a lot of bugs. She tends to eat most of the animal except for the stomach. We never witnessed her once eating any plant material or grass during the days of footage we poured over. We are making a montage film out of the footage for grandma who used to own the cat but had to give her to us when she went into an old folks home. definitely a 100% meat diet as far as i can see, although she often would rub the side of her mouth on plants, but not actually eat them. I have heard this is where there are pheromone glands. She is an 18 pound maine coon type.

  7. Nor May 21, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Just wondering how what percent Taurine is in the canned Chicken Pate.

  8. Sonja Callahan February 6, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    How much Taurine does Halo cat food have in it. Ho many MG?
    I work with rescues and I tell everyone how great this food is. I changed from Blue Buffalo.
    Thank You,
    Sonja Callahan
    Bar Harbor, Maine

  9. petmom January 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    I do have a few worries using this brand only because of the long term use of sodium selenite in their foods. not sure why they call it natural with this cancer causing product.other than that it might be a safe food but the garlic in the can food for dogs is wow very strong.i would go with something like origen or acana but that is just me and how I feel about the sodium selenite.

    • petsrlove May 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      sodium seleniteis is used to prevent and stop cancer…google it!

  10. MeezerMom November 8, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    My cats love the grain free chicken. When they hear me grab a bag they come running. They eat less and there’s less waste in the litter pan. They don’t like the canned Halo at all though, too mushy I think and too many clumps of peas.

  11. Jen November 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    My cat was vomiting and had diarrhea after eating this food. I mixed Halo (wet and dry) with her old food for a gradual transition, but as soon as I was feeding 75% Halo, her body completely rejected it. This might be a good food, but it definitely did not agree with my cat. (As a side note, my cat would not eat the carrot chunks in the Halo pate… she actually spit them out). This food is also quite pricey.

    • Sheila M. February 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

      We tried the canned food and used gradual transition, but it made our cat sick too. I’m throwing the rest of the cans away so expensive lesson.

    • neshand August 1, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      My cat was having digestive issues and we spent lots of time & money on the vet until they suggested we try a new food. The first day she was off Halo and on a new food, she was finally able to pass stool again.

  12. MJG October 23, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    I have a 3 1/2 yr old rescue kitty that I’ve enjoyed since she was 6 mo old. I was feeding her IAMS dry, several varieties and many brands of canned food found in the grocery store. When I saw that an IAMS style I was feeding her had been recalled (the variety in the pink bag) I ditched it and researched to find what I should feed her. She loves dry Halo and enjoys the canned as long as I mush it with a fork to integrate the peas and carrot.

  13. Anon June 1, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    My male cat has horrible gas and diarrhea from this food. Both my male and female cats are producing so much waste that I can barely keep our litter box clean. This food turned my cats into poop machines…animal welfare people at work tell me it’s got a lot more fiber than they’re used to. Cats have also gained weight.

  14. EV February 22, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    My cat learned to love Halo chicken pate canned cat food while we were in US. Now I am trying to buy it in Ontario (Canada) and cannot find a dealer.

    • Kelly March 3, 2013 at 3:57 am #

      Amazon.com sells Halo

    • RC March 11, 2013 at 12:56 am #

      Hi EV, Petsmart sells Halo food here in Ontario.

  15. Mary Beth February 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Has anyone noticed an issue with Halo Spot’s Stew Wholesome Turkey 3oz can cat food? A few months ago I noticed some of the cans have weird white substance in there. I have been feeding my cat this for over a year and never seen this. Usually it has a consistent color but am finding something doesn’t seem right with it. It also has a fishy smell, but the turkey cans don’t have any fish in the ingredients. Wondering if they changed the recipe or if this is a problem that occurred during manufacturing. I am tired of finding this and throwing the can away, wasted money but will not feed to my cat while it doesn’t seem normal. I haven’t found this in any of the Spot’s Stew wholesome chicken just the Turkey. I have also noticed that the turkey has not been restocked in my local Petco. Has anyone heard of any problems or seen this? I plan on calling Halo on Monday to ask if they are aware of an issue.

    • Laura March 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      I noticed this too but I can’t remember which flavor it was now. It was just 1 can so far.

      • Seema June 13, 2013 at 1:44 am #

        I recently noticed the same in two cans of the wholesome lamb. My cat threw up both times so I’ve thrown it all away. The other day I opened a can of the turkey and found a large amount of a greenish jelly like substance so I threw that away. I liked their product when I started using it initially a few months ago, but now I am starting to wonder.

        • Mel June 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

          I contacted Halo about the white bits in the lamb canned cat food as I was concerned about it myself. I just started feeding my cats Halo a few weeks ago and this lamb food was the first time I had bought this flavor from them.

          According to Olga at Halo, the white bits are fat from from the meat.

      • Sally June 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

        Has anyone bothered to contact the manufacturer? That’s the first thing I would do. They may not know they have a problem in manufacturing they are not aware of.

  16. Corinne September 23, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    I’ve read and have had people at Pet Stores tell me,…. GRAINS ARE NOT GOOD FOR CATS !!!!!!!! Now according to Halo Spot’s Stew, grains can be good for cats. I don’t know who the hell to believe anymore !!!! I’ve heard grains arn’t even good for people. They raise your blood sugar levels, cause inflammation, etc… etc… It makes me extremely ANGRY and FRUSTRATED when one person says ”It’s good”, and then another person says, ”It’s bad”. Again, who the hell am I suppose to believe ????????

    • Anne September 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      From what I understand, cats do not eat grains in the wild, so it is generally better for housecats not to eat them either. However, if your cat is old or has certain health problems, like kidney problems, a high protein diet can be very bad for that particular kitty. If your kitty has health concerns or is older, consult your vet about what food is appropriate. Otherwise, a grain-free diet is fine.

    • Vic C. Jr. January 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Don’t get too frustrated over this because… not all grains are created equal. I find the Halo product to be at or near the top of the “best” list.

      Take the time to do the research. Stay away for wheat, soy and especially corn. Not good at all!

      Other grains, in small quantities, like oat and brown rice, can be nutritionally beneficial and add needed fiber to the diet.

      The idea that cats in the wild not not eat grains and veggies isn’t completely true. A cat may ingest the contents of it’s prey’s stomach, which most likely contains plant products.

      I trust the Halo products and will continue to use them as long as my cats continue to eat it.

      Vic

    • Andrea February 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      I’m a veterinary technician. I can verify that grains are not good for cats. Chiefly because their bodies cannot process it.. they are made to be carnivores. If there is a tiny amount of grain in a cat’s food then it isn’t the end of the world though.

    • Irene Morrissette September 27, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      The only grains that are good for cats, basically, are the “digest” they would get from their prey’s intestines (mice, rabbits, some birds)… the grains would be partially digested, therefore not a problem for the cat. Whole grains are not essential or beneficial to cat. Corn, wheat, soy are among the biggest no-no’s for any animal, actually.

  17. Peabody April 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Both of my cats love Spots Stew canned or dry food. My cats were eating Royal Canin and hated it and they are soo happy now – they cannot wait until I open the can and they eat both the dry and wet food immediately because they like it so much. My cats used to throw up alot but this has completely stopped. The Halo food looks good, smells more like human food than cat food, and has a lot of moisture in the wet food which helps with urination, so we are all happy to be using it. In addition, there are no chemicals or grain fillers. I recommend it, esp for sensitive stomach cats.

  18. danny October 11, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    Um, we rescued a 2 yo cat 2 weeks ago. The agency said they fed all their animals Halo cat food. Our new cat turns his nose up at their wet food but eagerly eats the dry. What’s up with that?

    • Pete May 3, 2012 at 11:35 am #

      Wife bought Halo dry and their canned Spot’s Stew based on the reported high quality meat content. (and I suspect based on the attractive label graphics with a cute young pet mom feeding her cat a meal a human toddler might get.) I was surprised to find in the wet food, whole peas, carrot chunks and other vegetables. I thought cats were “obligate carnivores” and you weren’t supposed to feed them veggies. My old cat gets smelly yellow diarrhea when he gets the Stew. Another round of household debate- what will it take to get her to stop the Stew?

    • Kristin April 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

      Because there is something in it that some cats just dont like for some weird reason. My cat has never TOUCHED a crumb. I want to know what it is with this food. But on the bright side, my cat LOVES the dry food. It was worth the money.

  19. Jack September 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    My 12 year old fixed male was fat, lethargic, no curiosity and would not play. He just sat around and basically vomited once a week. We fed him Purina One cat food. I tried Halo for sensitive stomach and in less then a week, my cat became a different animal. He was alert, playful, curious, no more vomiting. I can not say enough positives about Halo cat food. Plus, the size of the food pelotas, my cat eats every bit, no left over food particles or “dust”. Give it a try. I have turned on all my cat friends to Halo and they all have had similar results.