Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: November 9, 2023

Halo Holistic Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: November 9, 2023

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Halo Holistic cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor’s highest star rating; 5 stars.

Halo Holistic range is made from fresh meats. The recipes do not contain corn, wheat, wheat gluten or rice, and no artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives have been added.

Pros
  • Fresh meats
  • High animal protein
  • No GMO ingredients
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives
Cons
  • Price above market value
  • Some recipes have plant-based protein

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

The product line includes four different recipes.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Adult Cat - Grain Free Chicken Stew 5 M
Indoor Cat - Grain Free Chicken Recipe Paté 5 M
Indoor Cat - Grain Free Turkey & Giblets Recipe Paté 5 M
Indoor Cat - Grain Free Salmon Recipe Paté 5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Halo Holistic Adult Cat  – Grain Free Chicken Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Halo Holistic Adult Cat - Grain Free Chicken Stew

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

56.3%

Protein

37.5%

Fat

0%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, carrots, turkey, green beans, peas, celery, sweet potatoes, guar gum, xanthan gum, potassium chloride, pumpkin, flaxseed oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), minerals (iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), taurine, dried kelp, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), magnesium sulfate, natural flavor


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 1

Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, they are a common component in many wet products.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”. 2.

Like chicken, turkey is also naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The sixth ingredient is green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

The seventh ingredient is peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber. However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The eighth ingredient is celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product.

However, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium, sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Halo Holistic Adult Cat – Grain Free Chicken Stew looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 56.3%, a fat level of 37.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 0%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48.2% and a mean fat level of 33.2%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 14.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 69%.

This means the Halo Holistic wet product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Halo stands out with a commitment to sustainable ingredient sourcing. It does not use rendered meats or meat by-products. None of its recipes contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Has Halo cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, Halo food has been recalled once.

In late October 2015, the company voluntarily recalled packages of a single product with a specific expiration date. The problem was listed as potential mold concerns.

What was recalled: 3 lb and 6 lb bags of Spot’s Stew Wholesome Turkey Recipe Sensitive Formula for Cats with a Best By date of September 4, 2016.

You can view a complete list of all cat food recalls since 2021 here.

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About

Halo was set up by Andi Brown in 1980. It is now owned by Best Choice Company Inc which sources meat and poultry from the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. 

To support the company’s GMO-free mission, Halo sources fruits and vegetables from Europe, where genetic engineering is strictly regulated.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition

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