What every best Cat Food has:
- More meat, less grain in the top five ingredients.
- No corn, wheat or soy as carbohydrate sources.
- No artificial preservatives.
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 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.
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.