Halo Cat Food Ingredients

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Halo manufactures roughly 34 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Halo ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Halo uses roughly 121 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Cat food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Halo, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken liver
  3. dried egg product
  4. dried pea
  5. carrot

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Halo is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken liver, followed by dried egg product, dried pea, and carrot.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Halo does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 34 Halo cat foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most cats consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Halo does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Halo have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive cat foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 121 Halo ingredients. According to our data, Halo does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

Certain Halo cat food recipes contain one or more grains. The specific ingredients are listed below.

For cats, we typically recommend choosing a grain-free recipe. Cats are obligate carnivores and therefore grains are not species appropriate.

The kibble production requires a binding agent. Grains are commonly used for this purpose in cat food. When purchasing grain-free cat food, grains are often replaced with another starchy source. This is also not ideal.

To avoid grains and other starchy additions, consider feeding wet or frozen recipes.

oatmeal
1 Recipes

Oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats and therefore contains the entire oat grain. As with regular oats, oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals.

The following recipes contain oatmeal:

pearled barley
4 Recipes

Pearled barley is barley with the outer husk and bran layers removed. Similar to regular barley, pearled barley provides carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Pearled barley is however not as nutritious as regular whole grain barley.

The following recipes contain pearled barley:

oat groats
3 Recipes

Oat groats are obtained by removing the inedible outer husk of oats. Unlike other ingredients derived from oats, groats are not processed further and therefore contain the whole grain.</p><p>Oat groats provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals. Whats more, non-contaminated oats are gluten free; however, oats are typically processed and grown near ingredients which contain gluten and therefore contamination is not unusual. Always check the packaging to ensure the product is gluten free if your pet has allergies to gluten.

The following recipes contain oat groats:

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce cat foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 1 controversial ingredient inside Halo products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Halo ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium cat food brand.

Halo Cat Food Ingredient Lists

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Grain Free Senior Cat
Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
Halo
Grain Free Senior Cat Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
potato protein
dried pea
dried potato
tapioca

Halo

Grain Free Senior Cat
Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
Halo
Grain Free Senior Cat Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
whitefish
dried egg product
dried pea
dried potato

Halo

Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight
Holistic Game Bird Medley
Halo
Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight Holistic Game Bird Medley
First Five Ingredients
turkey
dried egg product
dried pea
dried chickpea
dried potato

Halo

Sensitive Stomach Cat
Holistic Turkey & Turkey Liver Recipe
Halo
Sensitive Stomach Cat Holistic Turkey & Turkey Liver Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey liver
dried egg product
oatmeal
dried pea

Halo

Grain Free Kitten
Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
Halo
Grain Free Kitten Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
dried egg product
dried pea
soybean protein concentrate

Halo

Grain Free Kitten
Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
Halo
Grain Free Kitten Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
whitefish
dried egg product
dried pea
tapioca

Halo

Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight
Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
Halo
Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
whitefish
dried egg product
dried pea
tapioca

Halo

Sensitive Stomach Cat
Holistic Seafood Medley
Halo
Sensitive Stomach Cat Holistic Seafood Medley
First Five Ingredients
whitefish
salmon
dried egg product
oat groats
dried pea

Halo

Adult Cat
Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
Halo
Adult Cat Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
dried egg product
dried pea
oat groats

Halo

Adult Cat
Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
Halo
Adult Cat Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
whitefish
dried egg product
oat groats
dried pea

Halo

Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight
Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
Halo
Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
dried egg product
dried pea
dried chickpea

Halo

Gluten Free Indoor Cat
Chicken & Trout Recipe
Halo
Gluten Free Indoor Cat Chicken & Trout Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
egg
chicken liver
trout

Halo

Gluten Free Indoor Cat
Turkey & Quail Recipe
Halo
Gluten Free Indoor Cat Turkey & Quail Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
turkey liver
quail
quinoa

Halo

Grain Free Kitten
Chicken Recipe Pate
Halo
Grain Free Kitten Chicken Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chicken broth
vegetable broth
salmon oil

Halo

Grain Free Senior Cat
Chicken & Chickpea Recipe
Halo
Grain Free Senior Cat Chicken & Chickpea Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
chickpea
natural flavor

Halo

Grain Free Senior Cat
Turkey & Chickpea Recipe
Halo
Grain Free Senior Cat Turkey & Chickpea Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
turkey liver
chickpea
sweet potato

Halo

Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach
Chicken, Egg & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
Halo
Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Chicken, Egg & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
egg
natural flavor

Halo

Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach
Guinea Fowl & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
Halo
Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Guinea Fowl & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
guineafowl
turkey
turkey broth
turkey liver
water

Halo

Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach
Rabbit & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
Halo
Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Rabbit & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
rabbit
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
water

Halo

Indoor Cat
Salmon Recipe Pate
Halo
Indoor Cat Salmon Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
salmon
water sufficient for processing
turkey
turkey liver
salmon oil

Halo

Grain Free Kitten
Whitefish Recipe Pate
Halo
Grain Free Kitten Whitefish Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
turkey
turkey broth
vegetable broth
turkey liver

Halo

Indoor Cat
Whitefish Recipe Pate
Halo
Indoor Cat Whitefish Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
chicken liver
chicken
water sufficient for processing
salmon oil

Halo

Grain Free Indoor Cat
Seafood Medley Pate
Halo
Grain Free Indoor Cat Seafood Medley Pate
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
chicken liver
salmon
salmon broth
trout

Halo

Indoor Cat
Turkey & Giblets Recipe Pate
Halo
Indoor Cat Turkey & Giblets Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
turkey liver
carrot
spinach

Halo

Indoor Cat
Chicken & Beef Recipe Pate
Halo
Indoor Cat Chicken & Beef Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chicken broth
beef
carrot

Halo

Indoor Cat
Chicken Recipe Pate
Halo
Indoor Cat Chicken Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chicken broth
beef
carrot

Halo

Adult Cat
Chicken & Beef Stew
Halo
Adult Cat Chicken & Beef Stew
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chicken broth
beef
carrot

Halo

Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach
Quail & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
Halo
Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Quail & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
quail
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
water

Halo

Indoor Cat
Turkey & Duck Recipe Pate
Halo
Indoor Cat Turkey & Duck Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
water sufficient for processing
turkey liver
duck

Halo

Adult Cat
Chicken, Shrimp & Crab Stew
Halo
Adult Cat Chicken, Shrimp & Crab Stew
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
shrimp
crab

Halo

Adult Cat
Chicken Stew
Halo
Adult Cat Chicken Stew
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
carrot
turkey

Halo

Adult Cat
Lamb Stew
Halo
Adult Cat Lamb Stew
First Five Ingredients
lamb
chicken broth
beef liver
carrot
celery

Halo

Adult Cat
Salmon Stew
Halo
Adult Cat Salmon Stew
First Five Ingredients
salmon
water sufficient for processing
chicken liver
turkey
carrot

Halo

Adult Cat
Turkey Stew
Halo
Adult Cat Turkey Stew
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
chicken liver
carrot
green bean