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.
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.
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 its cans are now BPA-free. There are no questionable ingredients in the Spot's Stew varieties, but the Spot's Paté varieties contain carageenan.
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, such as Nature's Logic Feline Canned Food -- Chicken (Est. $2.50 for a 5.5-oz. can), which provides more than 240 calories per 5.5-ounce can.
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.
Review: Halo Cat Food, Susan Thixton, Not Dated
Halo Spot's Stew makes this list of the best canned cat foods, compiled by About.com's guide to cats. Syufy names the ingredients and notes that it "contains no chemicals, fillers or by-products."
Review: Top Canned Cat Food, Franny Syufy, Not Dated
This website recommends foods that can be tolerated by cats with feline inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Halo Spot's Stew canned cat food is one of them -- it contains no low-quality grains, dairy, or bowel-irritating spices and additives.
Review: Wet Food, Editors of IBDKitties.net, Not Dated
Nearly 90 cat owners leave reviews of Halo's Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken at Chewy.com. Around 84 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.
Review: Halo Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Canned Cat Food, Contributors to Chewy.com , As of April 2015
There are more than 140 reviews here covering all flavors of Halo Spot's Stew. The food earns a 4.1-star rating, with satisfaction and recommendations mirroring those at Chewy.com.
Review: Halo Spot's Stew Canned Cat Food, Contributors to Petco.com, As of April 2015
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.
Review: Comparison Center: Compare Your Pet's Food, Editors of 1800PetMeds.com, Not Dated