Halo Purely for Pets Spot's Stew For Cats Wholesome Chicken Recipe 12 Cans (5.5 oz/156 g per can)
Halo Purely for Pets Spot's Stew For Cats Wholesome Chicken Recipe has been the "Gold Standard" in natural cat food for over 25 years. Halo Spot's Stew For Cats is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages. Halo uses the highest quality protein - Whole meats and fresh vegetables - with no inferior by-products, rendered meats or meat meals. Spot's Stew for Cats is formulated for optimum protein and complete nutrition, to help maintain body tone and body tissue. Spot's Stew is ideal for all life stages, and is real food with simple ingredients you know and recognize. These are slow cooked complete and balanced recipes with high moisture formulas for added hydration.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am searching for a food that will be okay for my cat that has a history of urinary stones.
It has been proven that the most important part of stone prevention is to increase the amount of water that your cat drinks every day. When cats drink more they make more urine. This urine is less concentrated (more dilute or watery) so the crystals are less likely to form into stones. Because they make more urine they urinate more frequently which also helps get rid of the stone-making substances. Halo's canned formulas have a high water content (84 to 85%) when compared to other canned foods (78%). This additional water is excellent for urinary health in all pets. Halo cat foods also achieve a urine pH of 6.4 which is normal for cats. There are many different types of urinary stones and some types will require very specific medication or dietary recommendations; ask your veterinarian what type of stone your cat has.
My cat has had some recent bouts with urinary problems. My vet says I should look for a low ash diet. Does Halo have anything for him?
A recent research study of cats with lower urinary tract problems (FUS, FLUTD, FIC, idiopathic cystitis, etc) revealed that the only treatment of benefit was increased water intake. The easiest way to increase water intake in cats is to feed them a strictly canned food diet. Cats eating all canned food had only 11% recurrence versus almost 40% in the cats eating dry food. Halo canned cat formulas perform exceptionally well for urinary problems because of their high moisture content (84 to 85%) compared to most other commercial brands (78%). This study proved no change in signs based on varying the ash or magnesium levels of the food. Experts in this field now agree that foods intended to minimize ash or crystal production have no scientific rationale in the management of this condition.
My vet told me my cat needs a high fiber food? Can I use Halo?
While the vegetables that Halo uses provide an excellent source of fiber for digestive health, Halo should not be considered a high fiber food. For cats that require extra fiber in their diet, you can use Halo as the primary food and then mix in additional fiber—psyllium, canned pumpkin, carrots, potato skins—a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber for maximal digestive benefit. Ask your vet if this would be appropriate for your cat.
Is it okay for cats to eat the dog food?
Although your cat getting a nibble of Halo dog food from time to time isn't bad (Halo dog foods are supplemented with proper amounts of taurine for cats), it definitely is not recommended to routinely feed them food formulated for dogs. Cats (as strict carnivores) require higher levels of protein and fat than dogs and Halo foods are designed accordingly. Halo dog food just doesn't have the right balance for cats to reach their optimal health level.
Why does my cat eat my houseplants? Does he have a deficiency?
Plant eating is not unusual in cats. It is not usually associated with gastrointestinal illness or a deficiency. It is most likely a trait inherited from their wild ancestors in which big cats would consume prey that would have eaten plant material. Eating grass is not bad—just stay away from chemically-treated or toxic plant varieties. Give Daily Greens a try for the added phytonutrients!
Does Halo have too much protein for my 14-year-old cat? My veterinarian said that high protein diets can cause kidney problems.
Cats are carnivores and have a high protein requirement throughout life. While too much protein will not cause kidney damage, too much protein could be detrimental if your cat already has kidney problems. From kittens to seniors, any age cat can eat Spot's Stew.
I have heard that Taurine is critical to my cat's health. How do I know that she's getting enough?
Taurine is critical to your cat's health! Without proper amounts, cats can develop blindness, heart problems and other serious medical issues. Taurine is abundant in muscle meat and Halo cat foods contain excellent levels of whole meat. Halo analyzes their cat foods routinely to insure a proper amount of taurine is present in every bite! Even though dogs don't have the same taurine requirements, Halo supplements their dog foods with taurine as well—they know that cats love to steal the dog's food!
My vet said my cat is allergic to chicken. Is Halo okay for pets with food allergies?
True food allergies are actually very uncommon—they account for only 10% of all pet allergies. Pets are often misdiagnosed with food allergy when what they really have is an adverse food reaction or food intolerance. Pets may react to artificial dyes, preservatives and additives in food or they may react to the quality of a protein source. For example, "chicken meal" is a rendered product that can have a variable composition and can vary greatly in its digestibility compared to real whole chicken. Adverse reactions may be more common with diets of lower digestibility. By choosing a natural diet like Halo, artificial ingredients and rendered meat meals will be avoided and thus lessen the potential for any adverse food reactions. The only way to definitely diagnose a food allergy in a pet is to perform an elimination diet trial—blood tests and skin tests are not reliable for this.
Some pets do have true food allergies and even high quality natural foods like Halo could cause a reaction because of the type of protein included. Read the labels fully to check all ingredients to be sure to avoid those your pet is allergic to.
My cat is overweight. My vet has recommended a prescription weight loss diet but I don't like the list of ingredients. Can I use Halo?
Halo foods can be used successfully in a weight loss program. Halo donated food for a weight loss challenge to a New York City shelter (Bideawee) and monitored the progress of 7 obese cats over 4 weeks—all successfully lost the desired amount of weight. Several of Halo formula fall within the "lite" category as defined by AAFCO (canned cat food <950 kcal/kg): the Canned Cat Chicken and Lamb formulas.
Cats are carnivores and don't need carbohydrates. Why does Halo include carbs in their cat foods?
You are right…low carbohydrate foods are best suited to the natural biology of cats as carnivores. Cats reach optimal health levels and may avoid many food-related problems (such as obesity, diabetes, some intestinal diseases) by eating high-protein, low-carbohydrate foods.
Protein (not carbs) should make up the majority of every cat's diet, however, many cats appear to benefit from a small to moderate amount of complex carbohydrates (fibers) in their diet. Remember long ago cats hunted for their food (and some still do!) and were exposed to carbohydrates within the digestive system of their prey. The domesticated indoor cat appears to benefit from the digestive health that COMPLEX carbs (in the form of fiber-rich vegetables) provide. Halo includes only this type of carbohydrate in cat formulations. All Halo canned cat formulas are grain-free.
Is canned food bad for my cat's teeth?
No. While many vets recommend dry food to "keep teeth clean and healthy" it is a fact that many cats do not chew their food well enough to get any abrasive cleaning action from dry food. Whether you feed dry or canned food…the single most important thing for dental health is tooth brushing. It is a fact that by age three more than 70 percent of cats show signs of gum (periodontal) disease and this is because most owners do not give their cats proper dental care (DAILY tooth brushing and annual dental cleanings). Keep the canned food and start brushing!
My cat has a problem with hairballs and vomiting. Will Halo help?
There are many things that can cause vomiting or other signs of digestive upset in cats—excessive carb levels, low-quality poorly-digestible proteins, artificial preservatives or other food additives. A natural diet like Halo provides only high-quality digestible proteins and no artificial ingredients—so may help your cat. Halo also makes a Sensitive Cat formula which has smaller protein sizes and increased levels of egg which help to make the diet even more highly digestible than our Indoor Cat formula.
Vomiting may be a sign of a medical problem, especially if present with a decreased appetite or weight loss. If the vomiting persists you should see your veterinarian for a complete examination.
Why does Halo refer to its products as natural?
Because it is! AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) defines "natural" pet food as having ingredients from ONLY plant, animal or mined sources. These foods cannot be highly processed or contain chemically synthetic ingredients, such as artificial flavors, preservatives or colorings.
Why does Halo refer to its products as holistic?
The holistic viewpoint that Halo has stems from the belief that health is achieved by focusing on the whole body through natural living. Halo believes that the quality of ingredients a pet eats is the foundation of overall well-being but that elimination of harsh chemicals from food, treats and the environment is also critical to achieve optimal health.
How do I transition my dog or cat to a new food?
Most pets require 7-10 days to adjust to a new food because their intestinal tracts contain unique bacteria and enzymes that need to adapt to the proper digestion of a new food. It is recommended that dogs and cats eat a combination of dry and canned food every day. Their bodies are made of 75% water and they rarely drink enough water to support excellent hydration and organ function. Halo recommends that 25 to 50% of their daily calories come from canned food. You can feed it all at one time during the day or break it up into 2 meals…whatever is easiest for you.
If your dog or cat experiences digestive upset during the transition (poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or soft stool, etc), return to the new food amount that was not causing problems and keep them there for a few more days before continuing with the diet change. Once your pet is eating all Halo, you can change between the flavors if you would like. There is no need for a transition period between flavors.
My pet seems to have developed diarrhea on the Spot's Stew. What can I do?
First, make sure you have introduced the food slowly over 7 to 10 days. Many times a "cold turkey" switch will cause problems with your pet's digestive system—it takes the bacteria and enzymes in their intestine time to adjust to the new food. Next, take a look at the other food or treats your pet is getting throughout the day. Avoid overfeeding and eliminate all treat with fillers, artificial colors or flavorings as these may cause diarrhea. Some pets require a little more fiber to maintain their digestive health—try adding some natural fiber to your pet's new food—pumpkin, psyllium, potato skins, etc.
Why should pets eat both canned and dry food every day?
Most pets do not drink enough water every day to stay well hydrated. The addition of canned food contributes the water that is so essential to overall health.
What is the difference between just plain "meat" (like "chicken" or "lamb") and "meat meals" (like "chicken meal" or "lamb meal")? Following are AAFCO definitions:
Meat is the clean flesh derived from slaughtered mammals and is limited to the part of the striate muscle which is skeletal or that which is found in the tongue, diaphragm, heart or in the esophagus; with or without the accompanying and overlying fat and portions of the skin, sinew, nerve and blood vessels which normally accompany the flesh. Meat is considered edible for humans. Meat meal is the rendered product from flesh and other mammal tissues, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices. Meat meal is always considered unfit for human consumption.
Why doesn't Halo use meat meals (like "chicken meal" and "turkey meal") when it seems that every other pet food maker does?
Halo has chosen to use only the highest quality ingredients in their pet foods. Meat meals are always considered unfit for human consumption. Meat meals do contain meat and can be of high quality, however, they may also contain 4-D meats (dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals) and potentially other unsavory mammalian tissue. Although meat meals can contribute a high level of protein, the quality and digestibility of meat meals can vary tremendously between batches and Halo has chosen to avoid this source of protein.
Halo does not have as high of protein levels as other foods…why?
Halo does not use meat meals as a concentrated source of dried protein and uses only whole real meat ingredients. It is more difficult to achieve very high protein levels when using whole real meat instead of a meat meal. Halo uses eggs and peas as an additional source of highly digestible protein to support protein levels in all formulations. Halo feels this is a healthier alternative to meat meals.
Why does Halo avoid rice and corn in their foods?
Halo defines corn and white rice as "fillers". These are carbohydrates that may raise blood sugar levels rapidly and create hormonal signals that may have negative long term effects on metabolism and weight gain. Although corn and white rice are often thought of as staples of an American diet, they are not healthful for pets in the large quantities used by many pet food companies. Corn and rice are often the main ingredients in other foods and treats because they are a less expensive way to fill up a bag and still meet basic energy requirements. This has led to industry-wide creation of pet foods and treats which are high in carbohydrates, relatively low in meat protein and are a major factor in the pet obesity epidemic. These corn and rice based diets may also contribute to chronic symptoms of maldigestion, such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
Halo makes healthier carbohydrate choices by using whole grains such as barley and oats and vegetables like sweet potatoes. These carbohydrates are nutrient-dense because they supply energy as well as high levels of fiber for digestive health and high levels of vitamins and minerals for overall health.
Is Halo saying that chicken meal is terrible for animals?
No, we believe that chicken meal can provide good nutrition. However, it is not nearly as high a quality ingredient as real chicken, from both a health and safety perspective.
Isn’t chicken meal higher protein than chicken, pound for pound?
It can be, and often is. So it’s important to check the protein level of the food (especially the dry-weight protein level), and the quality of ALL the ingredients. Companies like Halo that avoid chicken meal have to put in much more real chicken to get the same protein level as a company using chicken meal – a much more expensive proposition. All else being equal, chicken is a far superior ingredient.
Are other meat meals, such as beef meal, lamb meal or salmon meal as bad?
Yes, all such “meals” have the same issues as chicken meal. Unspecified meals (such as meat meal, fish meal or poultry meal) are of even lesser quality and have additional health risks associated with them.
What about by-product-meals?
By-product-meals are inferior to named meat meals such as chicken meal – but all of the meals are inferior to real flesh meat such as chicken
Why does Halo use so much egg and peas in their formulations?
Halo uses eggs and peas as an additional source of highly digestible protein to support protein levels in all formulations. Halo does not use meat meals as a concentrated source of dried protein and uses only whole real meat ingredients. It is more difficult to achieve very high protein levels when using whole real meat instead of a meat meal. We feel the eggs and peas are healthier alternatives to meat meals.
Holistic Nutrition Made with Only the Best Real Food Ingredients
- Exclusively uses only real chicken, turkey, lamb, beef or wild salmon. No chicken meal or other rendered animal parts.
- Farm raised fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Formulated with added vitamins and minerals.
- No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
- Interchangeable formulas for added variety.
- Complete and balanced for all life stages.
Holistic Pet Care Products for Optimal Pet Health
Halo Purely For Pets' Mission: To provide people and their pets with honest information and wholesome products to better the lives of animals and the people who love them.
Halo, Purely for Pets evolved from three guiding principles: balance, nature and love. They believe that when these are the basis of pet product development, optimum health, vitality and wellness follow. Their pet products yield amazing results. For the past two decades, they've seen the emergence of thousands of radiant, healthy pets whose owners have chosen Halo.
Halo considers not just the pets, but also the people who love them when they select ingredients. A healthy pet makes your life better, too. They understand the unconditional love pets give and create products that help you give that love back.
Halo's premium quality ingredients and commitment to holistic pet care separate us from many other pet care companies. Their first priority is the health and well-being of your pet. Their commitment to wholesome, natural, quality pet products is unparalleled.
Halo's holistic pet care approach drives them to develop all-natural products with ingredients chosen to give your pet a happier, healthier life. Extensive study and the input of nutritional experts are the backbone of healthy dog and cat food, nutritional supplements, herbal grooming supplies and treats.
The holistic approach to pet health is focused on treating the “whole animal,” recognizing that good nutrition is an essential element of overall well-being. Just like people, pets need love, quality nutrition, sound sleep, clean air, fresh water, exercise, sunshine and positive surroundings. A holistic approach to wellness encompasses all these elements. And the people behind Halo believe that good nutrition is the single most important factor.
Each day pets need to have all the necessary nutrients in proper balance to achieve and maintain good health. Proteins, carbohydrates, essential oils and fatty acids, along with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and trace elements are universally recognized as essential for good health. Supporting the immune system with high-quality foods and supplements can help keep loved ones strong and help to maintain resistance to disease and degeneration.
The entire line of Halo pet care products is made with the highest quality ingredients. Their commitment to your pet’s well-being shines through in all Halo pet care products. Halo guarantees you will see a difference in your pet’s health and demeanor.
Halo products produce vibrant, happier, healthier pets — inside and out.