Halo says the Proof is in the Poop™, but instead of waiting to see evidence of Halo’s quality in the litter box, let’s take a skeptical approach. We’ve taken a close look at Halo cat food and reviewed it on the things that matter most.
Find out if this brand is a safe, healthy choice for your cat in our unbiased Halo review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Halo on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Halo and graded it according to the Cats.com standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, ingredient quality, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. Here’s how it rates in each of these six key areas.
- Species-Appropriateness – 5/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 7/10
- Price – 7/10
- Customer Experience – 9/10
- Recall History – 5/10
Overall Score: 6.8/10
We give Halo cat food a 41 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.
Back in the 1980s, Andi Brown’s cat Spot was struggling with a host of health conditions including an unhealthy coat, digestive problems, eye and ear infections, fleas, and urinary tract problems. Prescription drugs and premium foods did nothing to help. When Andi was almost ready to give up, she met someone named Voyko Marx.
Believing that a diet change could relieve his health issues, Voyko cooked Spot a stew of chicken, garlic, peas, carrots, and other vegetables available at the grocery store. Several of Spot’s health problems dissolved during the first week eating the stew.
This experience led Andi to found a pet food company called Halo, a reflection of the idea that pets are “our little angels”. After 20 years of active involvement in the company, Andi sold Halo to a group of investors. In 2008, talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres became part owner of the company.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Halo sources meat and poultry from the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. To support their GMO-free mission, Halo sources fruits and vegetables from Europe, where genetic engineering is stringently regulated. None of their ingredients, including vitamins and minerals, are sourced from China.
Halo’s OrigiNative® sourcing program aims to foster sustainable, natural, and environmentally friendly farming processes. The company sources wild-caught seafood from MSC-certified sustainable fisheries and meat from facilities that meet the Global Animal Partnership’s Step 2 standards.
According to the GAP’s 5-step animal welfare program, Step 2 facilities are defined as those that provide an enriched environment.
For example, a chicken living in a Step 2-certified facility would not be packed into a cage or crate, nor crowded with other chickens. The environment must be naturally-lit and enriched with items like straw bales or hanging branches to perch on.
Halo foods are manufactured in the United States.
Has Halo Cat Food Been Recalled?
In 2015, select bags of Halo dry cat food were recalled due to potential mold growth.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Halo Offer?
One of the biggest points Halo emphasizes in their marketing is the idea of superior digestibility. Halo’s Proof is in the Poop campaign suggests that Halo foods are ultra-digestible, leading to waste that’s smaller, less smelly, and easier to scoop.
The company is committed to using only fresh meats rather than rendered meals. Rendered meals, Halo explains, are about 30% less digestible than fresh meat and higher in ash content. While not all Halo recipes are grain-free, they’re made without corn, wheat, wheat gluten, and rice. Halo foods are made without any artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
The Halo cat food lineup includes both wet and dry food. It’s broken up by life stages and dietary needs. The company makes recipes for kittens, adults, and seniors. They have special formulas for indoor cats, digestive sensitivity, weight loss, and grain-free recipes for people who want to avoid grain.
Halo Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Halo Chicken Stew Recipe Grain-Free Adult Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.44 per oz||B|
|Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe Grain-Free Healthy Weight Indoor||Dry||$5.82 per lb||C|
|Halo Holistic Seafood Medley Sensitive Stomach||Dry||$6.62 per lb||C|
What Do Customers Think of Halo Cat Food?
People love Halo cat food. Halo recipes receive excellent reviews on Amazon and Chewy. The brand even gets positive feedback on ConsumerAffairs.
Here are a few real customer reviews of Halo cat food on Chewy:
“Our cat, Bert had been on a prescription diet of Science Diet I/d for loose stools, ever since we adopted him. It helped a little bit not much. He started scratching and bathing relentlessly so we thought he may be allergic to chicken. Found this and switched over the course of 2 weeks. By the end of the 2 week period his stools are firm like they should be, he’s not bathing or scratching near as much as he was, and his coat is very soft and shiny. Went ahead and ordered a 6lb bag, as we’re very happy with this. Seems to have much more energy too, now that he’s fully digesting his food.” – Benji, reviewing Halo Holistic Seafood Medley Sensitive Stomach Dry Cat Food
“Sophie is a finicky cat. She only eats food that is smooth. After a year I’m still learning which flavors she likes. I’m happy that she likes Halo, which I consider a high quality, nutritious food. She likes the chicken flavor.” – SophiesMom, reviewing Halo Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Adult Canned Cat Food
“Well I am very disappointed in this product. It is obvious by the consistency that you have changed the recipe. This is not even close to a pate it is the most disgusting mess and my cats won’t even touch it. This is not a pate and I have wasted my money. It is very hard to find something cats like and when you mess with it you make it hard on cat owners. If it is not broke don’t fix it.” – Rescuecatmom, reviewing Halo Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Adult Canned Cat Food
“I used to only feed Halo to both my cats and dogs. They liked it and did well on it. Then they changed the formula. Why would they change a perfectly good food and adulterate it with soy. I would never feed soy to any animal.” – kariS, reviewing Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe Grain-Free Healthy Weight Indoor Cat Dry Cat Food
How Much Does Halo Cat Food Cost?
Halo foods are moderately-priced. Here’s how much it would cost per day to feed a 10-lb cat various Halo recipes.
According to the company’s recommendation of one ounce of food per pound of body weight, their grain-free wet food would cost about $3.20 per day. Their dry foods would cost between $0.48 and $0.58 per day.
Overall, Is Halo a Good Choice?
Halo’s doing some things well. For example, they stand out with a commitment to sustainable ingredient sourcing. They refuse to use rendered meals and meat by-products. None of their recipes contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
But Halo isn’t perfect.
Like most dry foods, Halo kibble is loaded with carbohydrates and plant proteins that don’t belong in a carnivorous meal plan. Their wet food selection is a superior option. Despite a colorful smattering of vegetables, some canned Halo foods have less than 10% carbohydrate content on a dry matter basis.
Overall, Halo is a slightly above-average cat food brand and may be a good choice for some cats.
Where Is Halo Cat Food Sold?
Halo cat food is sold in pet specialty retailers and natural grocery stores around the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. In Canada, Halo is sold exclusively through PetSmart.
You can buy it online through Amazon, Petco, PetSmart, Chewy, PetSense, Jet, Vitacost, Thrive Market, and other stores that sell cat food.