Product Review: Halo Indoor Cat Formula

My dog says KitCat has been busy eating his little heart out this month so he could bring you another review. This time, our favorite feline tested Halo's Indoor Cat formula wet food. This grain-free recipe is one item in a large line of indoor cat food products that Halo offers. So, let's see what the Big K has to say!



Ingredients:

Halo has recently changed a bunch of its foods and remarketed them as "holistic." While some of the recipe changes we're not wild about, the Halo grain free chicken recipe we tried has left the first five ingredients as-is in their latest formulation. They are chicken, chicken liver, chicken broth, natural flavor, and tricalcium phosphate. The chicken is cage free and the fruits and veggies in the recipe are non GMO.

When we opened the first can, we were a little alarmed to see little green spots all over the top. However, after reading the ingredient list we quickly realized that spinach is the sixth ingredient. So, no need for alarm when you see those green specks.




Usability:

The firmness of a wet food is always something we pay special attention to. Foods that are too hard are never well-received by our crew so we prefer foods that are easy to mash up. The Halo Indoor Cat wet food is a medium firmness. When you scoop it out, it holds its shape without falling apart. However, it is very easy to mash up so KitCat can chow down. There is also a little broth/gravy at the bottom so it's nice to scoop that out and add a little to the top so it's extra moist and enticing.



Origin:

Made in the United States.

Cost:

A 12-can case of the 5.5 ounce food is currently $19.95 on Chewy.com. That's the standard cat food can size, not the smaller one.

Rating:

KitCat likes this food. He usually didn't finish it all at once, but he always went back to eat it all. We give Halo Chicken Recipe Grain Free Indoor Cat wet food three out of four paws up!



Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

Product Review: Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

My dog says we love simple ingredient foods. That's why we jumped at the chance to test out Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Mixers. What did the canine crew think of this dried food topper (they sure liked the smell of the bag!)? Let's get started...


Ingredients:

Although this is not a one ingredient food, it's still a simple ingredient recipe which we like. We tried the turkey flavor and were pleased to learn it is cage free turkey and the veggies and fruits are non GMO. There is no grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, or artificial colors or preservatives, either.

We normally list the first five ingredients, but we're going to list them all this time since we think it's useful. The mixer includes turkey, turkey liver, pumpkin seeds, turkey heart, carrots, apples, butternut squash, ground flaxseed, montmorillonite clay, dried kelp, broccoli, mixed tocopherols, apple cider vinegar, salmon oil, rosemary extract, blueberries, and dried chicory root.

The mixers also come in other varieties including chicken, beef, and lamb.


Usability:

Since this is a dry nugget, it's very easy to use and takes no time to prepare. The mixer can be used to top kibble, wet food, and can even be used as a treat. The pieces are slightly different sizes, but are generally about the size of the first section of your pinky finger. Small dogs can also eat the pieces just fine since they're easy to chew and not hard like some other dried food products we've tried.


Origin:

Made in the United States.

Cost:

At chewy.com, the 6 ounce bag of The Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Mixers is currently $10.79 and the 14 ounce is $25.19. This price is in line with most freeze dried foods which always cost more than standard fare.

Rating:

The dogs just love this mixer! We used it as a topper for kibble and also as a treat. It's a solid four paws up, for sure!


Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 

Product Review: Wellness Core Simply Shreds for Cats

My dogs says today we're here to tell you about kitty food! Specially, Wellness Core Simply Shreds. Is it a hit or miss with our resident feline, KitCat? We tested it and here are our results.



Ingredients:

We're big fans of simple ingredient lists and this variety of Wellness Core is exactly what we like to see. Four ingredients. Total. No weird names you can't pronounce or don't know what they heck they are. It is simply tuna, fish broth, water sufficient for processing, and shrimp.

That makes us super happy. We know exactly what KitCat is eating, and it's ingredients we feel good about. No fillers, grains, or starches; just solid protein with Omega-3 fatty acids for good health.

Usability:

This variety of food, the Simply Shreds, comes in pouches. It's a nice single-size serving and comes with ample broth. It's not a stew type broth, more of a clear one that just keeps everything moist.


On the broth/pouch note, we only have one complaint. If you don't manage to tear off the top of the pouch all the way the first time, and have to go back to pull the rest of it off, you may end up with a mess. If the pouch is partially open and you go to put the top off the rest of the way, there's a strong likelihood you'll squeeze the pouch just enough to have fish broth and water come out the top and start dripping down your hand and arm. So word to the wise, pay attention when you tear so you pull the top off all the way across the pouch.


The Simply Shreds can be used as a topper for kibble or canned food, a side dish to your cat's regular meal, or as a snack all on it's own. We chose to use it as a snack so there weren't other tastes mixing in and KitCat could sample the product without distraction. He lapped up all the liquid enthusiastically and then I looked away for a minute. When I looked back, all the meat was gone. And I mean gone. No evidence there had been anything in the dish.


In regard to packaging, you can either open the box at the top or tear diagonally along the perforated lines so it creates a retail-like holder for the pouches. It's actually nice to have a choice so you can store the food in a way that makes the most sense for you and your pantry/kitchen.


Origin:

United States of America

Cost:

The current cost on Chewy for the Wellness Core Simply Shreds is $14.49 for a 12-pouch box, each 1.75 ounces of food.  Although this costs a little more than regular food, it's a high quality product and falls into the "you get what you pay for" category.

Rating:



As you can probably already tell, KitCat LOVED this food. L. O. V. E. D. (Yes, he's hard to see in the photo above because black cats don't photograph well, but you can absolutely see his tongue lapping up the broth!) We felt like we were doing something special for him when we saw how much be enjoyed this food. It was like he thought he was getting a special reward for being a wonderful kitty.

Our rating? Well, our top rating is four paws but that doesn't seem to be enough. So, let's just say we give this a four-plus-plus-plus. This is absolutely a product we'll be getting again and again.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

Product Review: Nutro Wild Frontier Grain-Free Kibble

My dog says the pups here have been busy taste testing another fine product for you all. This time we checked out Nutro's Wild Frontier line of grain-free kibble in salmon flavor. Was it a hit? Let's see...


Ingredients:

This high protein food is free of grains, wheat, soy protein, corn gluten meal, and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. We prefer grain-free foods like this because they are generally better for your dog and there's a decreased chance of food allergies or sensitivities.

The top ingredients in this formula are salmon, chicken meal, chickpeas, fish meal, dried potatoes, and peas. As always, we like when the first ingredient is real meat (and so do the pups!). And bonus points that the ingredients are non GMO.

Usability:

The only thing that's of note in the usability area is the bag. It says easy pour spout, inferring that when you open the bag you'll have an opening to pour the kibble from. If that's supposed to be the case, it wasn't clear how it worked. We cut it and even looked at the bag's seams to figure out how it worked, but we couldn't figure out how it was supposed to work.

The kibble itself is a good size; appropriate for smaller or larger dogs.

Origin:

Made in the good old U.S. of A. Something noteworthy here is that this product is produced in the manufacturer's own facility so that should help ensure added safety and quality control.

Cost:

A 4-lb bag of the Nutro Wild Frontier in salmon flavor is $17.09. The next size up is 24-lbs and is $52.19. As always on chewy.com, you get a discount when you sign up for auto shipping.

Rating:

The pups ate this food, however it wasn't necessarily a hit or a miss. The dogs didn't turn their noses up at it, but they didn't eat it enthusiastically either. That said, we'll give the Nutro salmon three paws up. It does come in other flavors (including chicken, lamb, and also venison meal), so we'll give those a whirl and see if those are a better match for the sophisticated palates over here at taste test headquarters.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

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