Pet Food Company Shares Spot's Stew Recipe

Halo gives pet owners chance to replicate an original.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2008, 3 a.m. EST

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Cats can enjoy the original Spot's Stew recipe developed by Halo founder Andi Brown for her pet cat.
Over the holidays when friends and family are sharing food, they’re also talking recipes. This year, Halo decided to give away the recipe for Spot’s Stew, the original inspiration for the pet food company.

Unlike other pet-food companies that prefer to keep their recipes under lock and key, Halo said it wanted to help people and their pets have a healthy holiday weekend by sharing their Spot’s Stew recipe.

The formula was developed when Halo founder Andi Brown’s pet cat, Spot, was struggling with allergies and other health issues. Spot’s Stew was created in her kitchen in 1986 using ingredients found at the grocery store.

The recipe, below, can be tweaked to accommodate cats and dogs.

Spot’s Chicken Stew from Halo
2 ½ pounds whole chicken
¼ cup chopped fresh garlic
1 cup green peas
1 cup coarsely chopped carrots
½ cup coarsely chopped sweet potato
½ cup coarsely chopped zucchini
½ cup coarsely chopped yellow squash
½ cup coarsely chopped green beans
½ cup coarsely chopped celery
1 tablespoon kelp powder
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
11 to 16 cups spring water

For dogs only: Add 8 ounces whole barley and 6 ounces rolled oats, and adjust the water content to a total of 16 cups or enough to cover the ingredients (According to Halo veterinarian Dr. Donna Spector, cats require zero carbohydrate content in their diet, so this would be an unnecessary addition for cats).

Combine all of the ingredients in a 10-quart stockpot (stainless steel) with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat as low as possible and simmer for two hours (the carrots should be quite soft at the end of the cooking time). Remove from the heat, let cool, and debone the chicken. With an electric hand mixer, or using a food processor and working in batches, blend all the ingredients into a puree; the stew should be slightly thicker for dogs and more soupy for cats. Using plastic zip-top bags or plastic containers, make up meal-sized portions. Refrigerate what you’ll need for three days and freeze the rest. Be sure to seek your pet’s advice (and your vet’s) on ideal meal sizes.

Serving Size: Amounts will vary depending on age, activity level, health, weight and season, but here are some guidelines: The average adult cat will eat roughly 1 cup a day. Because dogs vary so much in size, consult the table below. The amount shown should be split into at least two meals daily.


Dog’s Weight                 Total Daily Portion

Up to 10 pounds            1 to 1 ½ cups

11 to 20 pounds             2 to 3 cups

21-40 pounds                 4 cups

For each additional 20 pounds, add 2 cups. Remember, pets are individuals, so let intuition and observations guide you, and always consult your vet.



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John    Cupertino, CA

2/27/2009 12:18:47 PM

This is a very interesting article!

Pat    Omaha, NE

12/5/2008 5:30:00 AM

Interesting recipe, didn't know cats liked sweet potato, squash, etc.!

Ashley    Leonard, TX

11/30/2008 7:31:48 PM

It was very interesting. I think I will make it for my cats

Amanda    Brevard, NC

11/30/2008 6:47:08 PM

That was very nice and in the right holiday spirit of Halo!!
Thank you Halo company! And I will be trying this for the 3 cats in the house this holiday season!
They always smell the food and want some so bad!!

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