Halo Cat Food Ingredients
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 117 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.
- chicken liver
- dried egg product
- dried pea
- dried chickpea
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 dried chickpea.
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.
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 117 Halo ingredients. According to our data, Halo does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.
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.
The following recipes contain barley grass:
- Halo Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Chicken, Egg & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
- Halo Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Guinea Fowl & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
- Halo Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Rabbit & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
- Halo Impulse Grain Free Sensitive Stomach Quail & Garden Greens Recipe Pate
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 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:
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 3 controversial ingredients inside Halo products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.
Soybean protein concentrate is produced by removing the water soluble carbohydrates from soybeans. The inclusion of non-meat protein typically degrades the overall quality of protein in the recipe. This degradation is due to the inferior amino acid profile of plant based proteins.
The following recipes contain soybean protein concentrate:
- Halo Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
- Halo Sensitive Stomach Cat Holistic Seafood Medley
- Halo Sensitive Stomach Cat Holistic Turkey & Turkey Liver Recipe
- Halo Adult Cat Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
- Halo Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight Holistic Game Bird Medley
- Halo Grain Free Indoor Cat Healthy Weight Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
- Halo Grain Free Kitten Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
- Halo Grain Free Kitten Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
- Halo Grain Free Senior Cat Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
- Halo Grain Free Senior Cat Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
- Halo Adult Cat Holistic Wild Salmon & Whitefish Recipe
Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.
The following recipes contain pea protein:
Garlic powder in very small quantities can be an acceptable addition, however, garlic can also be toxic. Therefore many pet owners choose to completely avoid garlic.
The following recipes contain garlic powder:
- Halo Spot's Stew Grain Free Adult Cat Chicken, Shrimp & Crab Recipe
- Halo Spot's Stew Grain Free Adult Cat Salmon Recipe
- Halo Spot's Stew Grain Free Adult Cat Chicken & Beef Recipe
- Halo Spot's Stew Grain Free Adult Cat Chicken Recipe
- Halo Spot's Stew Grain Free Adult Cat Lamb Recipe
- Halo Spot's Stew Grain Free Adult Cat Turkey Recipe
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.