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Question: My cat loves Halo cat food so much she had gained too much weight and I had to take her off Halo to keep her from getting too fat. Does Halo have a healthy weight formula for cats?
Answer: First, yes Halo does have a Healthy Weight Formula for Cats: Spot’s Stew® Adult Cat Healthy Weight GF Game Bird Medley (6 lb) and Spot’s Stew® Cats Grain-Free Healthy Weight Whitefish & Salmon (6 Lb). Although these two foods are lower in calories (about 7% fewer calories) than the other dry formulas, it is still a fairly calorie-dense food.
If an owner is having issues with weight gain, I highly recommend the addition of canned food as it is much lower in calories. In general, dry food has 3 to 4 times more calories than a similar quantity of canned food…which means a cat can eat a LOT more canned food and feel fuller without all the calories of a dry food. Canned food is also lower in carbohydrates than dry food which is much healthier for cats—especially those prone to being overweight.
The second issue many owners have is the AMOUNT they are feeding. Many cat owners are still using the free-feeding approach where they just fill the bowl up when it gets low. This is really a disaster for a cat’s waist-line!
Most indoor domestic housecats require only between 150-200 calories per day and with the free-feeding approach sometimes these cats are getting close to 300-400 calories each day. So it might be necessary to deal with the way you are feeding. Meal feeding—where an exact amount can be measured out—is necessary to prevent excess weight gain in most cats.
So, it is unlikely that you need to switch away from Halo. You may just need to change the way you are feeding or maybe consider the type of food you are feeding.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector
Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.
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Below is the official FDA statement on the recent pet food recall from Jump Your Bones, Inc. The Roo Bites (Cubes) pet treats are being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination.
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The 2014 Holiday Kibble Drop “Feed It Forward Tour” continued spreading holiday cheer when it stopped at Pet Supply Center on Friday, December 12. Satchel’s Last Resort and the Humane Society of Sarasota County picked up Halo Vigor and Spot’s Stew cat and dog food to help the pets in their care have a happy holiday season.
It looks like everyone in Sarasota had a great time and it was an honor to be there. We love the expression of the pup posing in front of the Halo bags. It’s as though he’s wondering why his bowl isn’t overflowing yet with delicious Halo!
The 2014 “Feed it Forward Tour” is making 15 stops to deliver 500,000 healthy meals to pets in more than 30 shelters and rescues across North America. Halo, Freekibble.com, and GreaterGood.org are enjoying this fourth annual Holiday Kibble Drop. You enable us to donate more than 1.5 million meals a year.
The Holiday Kibble Drop, part of the #HaloFeedItForward campaign, is just one part of that. When you share a photo of your pet on social media with #HaloFeedItForward, Halo donates a meal on your behalf to a pet in need.
We hope that the homeless pets of Sarasota find homes soon. Thank you for helping us make some holiday wishes come true.