Halo Indoor Cat Food (Wet) Review And Nutritional Analysis
- Meat is the first ingredient - 1 Star
- Does not use unnamed meats - 1 Star
- Average protein content - 0.5 Star
- Less than 4 controversial ingredients - 1 Star
- Catological Discretionary Rating - 0.5 Star
Here’s a few important points:
- Meat is the first ingredient
- Some recipes utilize liver, which is a quality ingredient
- Most recipes have very minimal filler ingredients
- Some recipes rely too heavily on fish, which we do not recommend feeding as a main protein source
- Includes added vitamins and high quality, chelated versions of some minerals
Halo’s Indoor product line includes 9 wet recipes/flavors.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage or packaging: Growth (G), Maintenance (M), All Life Stages (A), Supplemental (S) or Unspecified (U).
The star rating is a rough average of all of the flavors in a single line of food. If an individual recipe scored lower or higher, we will mark that below, next to the flavor.
- Halo Indoor Chicken (M)
- Halo Indoor Turkey & Duck (M)
- Halo Indoor Whitefish (M)
- Halo Indoor Salmon (M)
- Halo Indoor Seafood Medley (M)
- Halo Indoor Turkey & Giblets (M)
- Halo Indoor Chicken & Beef (M)
- Halo Indoor Turkey & Quail (M)
- Halo Indoor Chicken & Trout (M)
Halo Indoor Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Halo Indoor Chicken
Wet Cat Food
Estimated Nutrient Content
Dry Matter Basis
Calorie Weighted Basis
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Fiber (guaranteed analysis):
Is real, named meat the first ingredient?
INGREDIENTS: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Natural Flavor, Tricalcium Phosphate, Spinach, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Sweet Potatoes, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, 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, Salmon Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Magnesium Sulfate, Rosemary Extract.
Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.
The first ingredient in this cat food is chicken. Good.
While quality of the individual ingredient can vary, chicken is a very good protein source for cats.
It’s also important to note that chicken contains about 70% water, so when it is processed and cooked for use in cat food, it will become a smaller part of the total recipe.
The second ingredient is chicken liver. Good.
Liver is an important organ meat that your cat would eat in the wild to get extra protein, vitamins, and minerals.
This is usually a sign of a high quality food.
The third ingredient is chicken broth. Good.
Instead of using water for processing, chicken broth is added for moisture.
Broth may contain vitamins and nutrients from the original animal (chicken, in this case), that water would lack.
This is usually a sign of a high quality food.
After natural flavors, the fourth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate. Good.
Tricalcium phosphate is both a useful phosphorous supplement to help regulate acidity in the body, and an emulsifier.
It helps the food stay together a bit more in general, but without “caking” or “clumping”.
The fifth ingredient is spinach. OK, but with reservations.
Now, cats obviously don’t need to eat a lot of greens.
However, it’s unlikely there’s much spinach in here.
Spinach provides a variety of quality minerals and nutrients.
However, it also contains calcium oxalate, which can cause crystals to form in your cat’s urinary tract, which is of course not good for your kitty.
It’s unlikely this small amount will harm your cat, but if she has urinary or kidney problems to begin with, you may want to play it safe and avoid foods with spinach.
The sixth ingredient is guar gum. OK, but with reservations.
Guar gum comes from guar beans, and is a thickening agent.
In small quantities, like those in cat food, it should be a harmless ingredient.
However, some research has shown that including guar gum in a commercial cat food “had a significant negative effect on apparent protein digestibility in many of the cats and tended to depress apparent fat and energy digestibilities.”
While not heavily substantiated beyond this study, it might mean your cat needs to eat more protein to make up for the lower digestibility.
The seventh ingredient is carrageenan. OK, but with reservations.
This is another thickening agent.
Carrageenan is a very controversial ingredient. It is derived from a red seaweed.
One of it’s forms, degraded carrageenan, is a potential carcinogen.
While degraded is not used in food applications, some people have concerns that the ingredient could become degraded from a cat’s stomach acid, therefore potentially increasing cancer risk.
It is likely fine, but with so many other options on the market, many people choose not to take the risk.
This recipe includes a number of other ingredients, but once you get down this far, none of them will be in large enough quantities to make a real difference, except for the added vitamins and minerals.
However, there are still a few things you should know.
Normally sweet potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates and fiber, with less sugar than beets.
However, cats do not require carbohydrates like this, and while it won’t necessarily hurt the cat, it is not biologically appropriate.
It may be hard to digest, and is unnecessary.
This recipe uses the chelated form of minerals, which means that they should be easier to digest for your cat, and be more readily available for her body to use to maintain her health. This is usually a sign of a quality food.
To read a more in depth article about any of the ingredients listed here, check out our Cat Food Ingredient Wiki (currently under development).
The Catological Verdict on Halo Indoor Wet Cat Food
From top to bottom, this is an above average food.
Meat is the first ingredient, quality organ meats are used, and very minimal fillers are present.
However, some recipes have a much higher carbohydrate level than others. We recommend the chicken, turkey & duck, and the turkey & quail the most.
Unfortunately many of the recipes still use carrageenan, which many people choose to stay away from.
We are not convinced that it does act as a carcinogen because the degraded form is not used in cat food, but the fear remains.
It does seem that some recipes use agar agar instead, though, so perhaps we will see more recipes changed to reflect this in the future.
This is a good example of a wet food you should be feeding your cat.
Since it’s clear that meat products make up the majority of this food, we can assume that this is a mostly meat-based food, which is ideal for your carnivorous feline’s dietary needs.
To review, on a dry matter basis, this food is 50% protein, 41% fat, and 0% carbs.
As a group, the brand has an average protein content of 46%, and average fat content of 30%, and an average carb content of 9%.
Compared to the other 2000+ foods in our database, this food has:
- Average protein.
- Above average fat.
- Average carbs.
Because meat is the first ingredient, quality organ meats are used, and fillers are fairly minimal, our rating for this brand is 4 stars.
Halo Cat Food Recall History
We do not believe that a recall indicates a low quality food or company, and we respect the fact that sometimes things happen that cause a manufacturer to recall a food.
Usually these things are non-life-threatening, and we think it’s important to take a moment to be thankful about just how few recalls there really are in the industry, considering the enormous volume of food produced.
However, we do believe that a history of recalls may point to a larger issue with a company, and that discerning consumers want to know who they’re buying from, especially when it comes to something as important as the food you feed your beloved cat.
Here is a list of recalls that have affected the Halo brand in the past:
- October 2015 – Potential mold – 1 product affected
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Where To Buy Halo Indoor Wet Cat Food
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