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Halo Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe Review

By: Carl Laron on July 11, 2017

Bottom Line

Halo Spot's Stew packs high-quality meats and veggies into a stew that looks like people food. The company has a spotless safety record and uses no questionable ingredients or fillers. The cans are BPA-free, too

Pros

  • High-quality ingredients
  • Grain-free
  • No artificial preservatives
  • Cans are BPA-free

Cons

  • Relatively low-calorie, so you may need to feed more
  • Some experts say cats don't need all those veggies
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Breaking it down

Ingredient quality

It looks appealing to cats … and humans. Reviewers like Halo's simple ingredients: chicken, liver, carrots, zucchini, peas and the like. Like other top-rated canned cat foods, Halo is grain-free -- which experts prefer, as cats are strict carnivores that didn't evolve to digest much grain. Some experts say cats can't digest vegetables well, either, but others have no problem with vegetables in cat food. Halo canned cat foods include no byproducts and no fillers. Halo adds chelated minerals to its cat food, as well, which are easy for cats to absorb.

Product safety

A clean recall history. "Halo has never been recalled," its website boasts, and a search of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website backs that up. Halo sources its ingredients from the U.S. only, except for lamb from New Zealand and peas from Canada, a top expert source notes. All of Halo's cans are now BPA-free. There are no questionable ingredients in the Spot's Stew varieties, but the Spot's Paté varieties contain carrageenan.

Value

Lower in calories than some other premium foods, so you might need to feed more. At about $1.65 for a 5.5-ounce can, Halo is relatively pricey. In addition, a 5.5-ounce can of Halo contains about 135 to 160 calories (depending on which flavor you pick), so you may need to feed more than with other highly rated brands. However, the cost per ounce is actually the same or lower than some well-regarded but still lesser quality foods, and only a little more than some low-quality foods that can be found on supermarket shelves. Halo cat food also comes in a 3 ounce size.

Our Sources

Susan Thixton, Not Dated

Susan Thixton, author of the blog Truth About Pet Food, researches and reviews dozens of cat food brands, including Halo. She rates the company -- and its individual flavors of food -- on a five-point scale (though no canned food can earn more than 4 points), with a lot of weight given to ingredient quality.

Franny Syufy, May 6, 2017

Halo Spot's Stew makes this list of the best canned cat foods, compiled by TheSpruce.com's Franny Syufy. She provides basic nutritional information and notes that this wet food "contains no chemicals, fillers or by-products."

Contributors to Chewy.com , As of July 2017

More than 150 cat owners leave reviews of Halo's Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken at Chewy.com. It earns a score of 4.1 stars, and around 83 percent say they recommend the food. Many say that their only issue with the food is that their cats did not like it. Some would prefer to see fewer veggies.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2017

We see more than 500 ratings for all flavors of Halo Spot's Stew at Amazon.com. Most users are satisfied, but we see some negative comments regarding the veggie content and that their cats did not care for it -- similar to what we see at Chewy.com.

Editors of 1800PetMeds.com, Not Dated

This handy comparison tool lets you check up to three cat foods side-by-side to see if they meet the standards that most experts say are most important in a quality product. Those include sources of ingredients, freedom from unnamed meat meals or byproducts, natural ingredients and preservatives and more. Halo's Spots Stew Wholesome Chicken earns check marks across the board.

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