My Cat had reaction and My Heart Goes Out to Everyone

I bought the Hartz Flea Drops for My Precious Baby (Mo BeBe). I can’t believe I almost could have killed him, I could not handle it.
I lost my cat of 15 years almost 2 years ago (not Hartz related). I was not planning on another cat, being that I still have one other elderly cat living, but Mo Bebe found me. Someone had dumped him on the street, as a kitten, I heard his crys and said “KITTIE?”, next thing I know this beautiful white cat ran to me afraid and shaking. He was sent to me from somewhere and I knew he was mine!

Now about 18 months later, I thought I was doing something good. I applied the drops as directed, and within 15 minutes I noticed he was acting oddly, but didn’t think much of it. Until about an hour later….I found him hiding in the back of the closet, his eyes were glazed and he seemed to not be able to focus or comprehend anything. His ears were twitching and he was shaking a bit. He also kept pawing at his face in a crazed manner.

I went online, originally to check the Hartz website, but found yours. After reading the first entry i immediately washed him. I was so worried, I called several Emergency Animal Hospitals. They said I did the right thing by washing him and should continue doing so (with either dish soap or a mild oatmeal soap) for the next few days. I wanted to take him in somewhere, but I am currently unable to work and waiting for disability, and they all want payment up front. I watched him closely the entire night and next day and prayed.
Its been 3 days now and he seems ok mentally now, but he has a huge red burn mark were the drops were applied and the fiur is gone there also
.I keep bathing him daily and I hope he will be ok.

Had I known all this before I NEVER would have bought the stuff. You think Hartz is a good company, I am disgusted with them!!

I am telling everyone I know. I also contacted the local news stations in the area, and they are interested also.

I f anyone could email me info about the class action lawsuit or anything regarding that I would greatly appreciate it.

Again, my heart sincerely goes out to those of you that have lost “your children”. Hartz is going to pay!

Hartz 4 in 1 almost claims my kitty

Well, I sure wish I had done my research before buying this product.

Yesterday I was at my boyfriend’s place, and he noticed fleas on his one year old tabby, Elektra. Trying to be helpful, I suggest getting some flea and tick medication and go to the store to buy the Hartz 4 in 1. We applied it to Kitty and after several hours we noticed she had become listless and she began shaking a little.

So we bathed her and called the emergency vet (it was Midnight Sunday by this time) and upon telling her the situation she immediately asked, “Was the medicine Hartz?” When I responded yes she directed me to bring the cat immediately to the hospital.

They have sinced hooked her up to IV’s and have given her valium and a muscle relaxer to help her get over her poisoning. They told me had we waited until morning to bring her in that she would have been dead. Thankfully it seems she may be coming home today as she’s showing no signs of neurological distress, but this whole situation has me completely enraged. In trying to help my boyfriend’s cat I almost killed her, and had she died I never would have forgiven myself.

It’s my intention to attempt to collect not only my refund, but what will amount to almost $1,000 in vet fees from Hartz. I’m sure this probably won’t happen, but I have to try.

Needless to say, I’m preaching the word to keep anyone from buying this lethal product.


Blue Eyes suffers and dies

My little 6 mos. old kitty died after experiencing consecutive seizures and brain trauma after I gave him HARTZ flea drops for cats and kittens 10 pounds and under. THe vet tried to save him, but it was too late and it had attacked his brain. He was such a loving little kitty… really depended on me and trusted me. I feel awful and am very angry that Hartz killed my cat. WHen I called their consumer relations number, they claimed they had never heard of a death! What a bunch of bull! WHen I did an internet search on the stuff, I came up with thousands of websites on deaths in cats and dogs caused by this horrible product. HOW CAN IT STILL BE ON SHELVES?

my experience with Hartz

Melissa Johnson
Beckley, Wv 25801


Back in July 2003 I applied the hartz flea drops on my 12 year old very healthy cat.
The next few days were horrible..he went into seizures, wouldn’t eat, had tremors. I immediately contacted
my local vet and he stated that I would have to SHAVE my cats beautiful full coat and get him in as soon as possible as my cat was dying from the poison from the Hartz flea drops.
My cat was shaven..bathed and put on IV fluids. Today he is doing better but he has residual effects from the flea drops.
I contacted hartz and told them my story and was very upset with there company. At that time I was asked to submitt my bills and the product package, I did exactly what they asked. I cried for days and suffered from guilt of what I had done to my cat.
Today (2 months later) I came home from work to find a HORRIBLE LETTER from hartz, it reads as follows:

Dear Mr. Johnson:

Thank you for submitting the requested information regarding your cat, Oscar Bear. After an extensive review by our veterinary staff, it is our determination that Oscar Bear’s problem was caused by inappropriate use of the product.

As it is a Violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling, inappropriate application of the product would not be considered the fault of the Hartz Mountain Corporation. We strongly recommend that all pet owners read and follow label directions very carefully, before applying any product to there pet. Hartz cannot assume responsibiltiy for product misuse. However, as a gesture of Goodwill, we are making a decision to reimburse you for professional services rendered and also for product cost.

Hartz’ mission is to enhance the Human Animal Bond by proving quality products with innovative and technological solutions developed with proven science and love for companion animals. Thank you for the opportunity to address your concerns.

Very truly yours,

Dr. Jill Richadson
Associate Director
Consumer Relations and Technical Services

NOW, I called Hartz and was told that the WHOLE staff was in a meeting and that I would be getting a return call later in the day. A few minutes later I recieved a call from Rosemary a Hartz Rep. When I questioned her as to how I “misused” there product she informed me that it stated on the product label that the product should not be used on “aging” pets. Hartz considers a cat 10 yrs or older to be “aging” regardless of its health, BUT it does not state this on the package, How am I an ordinary consumer suppose to know that !!!!!! If it shouldn’t be used on pets over 10 yrs old then they need to put that on the lable, BUT as I calmly stated to Rosemary, its a nice loop pole to prevent them the libality. I will be speaking with an attorney.
Its not about Money..its about accountabilty and there lack of it.
If they would have stated somewhere in this HORRIBLE letter ” Mrs. Johnson we are sorry for your experience with using the Hartz product and we hope that your cat is in good health” just a simple gesture of concern I might be able to accept there lack of accountabilty for selling poision, but Hartz even lacks the one natural instinct that every human should posess…CONCERN.
Hartz is a big company with NO HEART.

Bad reaction to Hartz 4 in 1 cat flea medication

I just wanted to let you know my cat had a serious reaction to the Hartz 4 in 1 flea medication. I was unaware of the problems with Hartz products and purchased the flea medication. I applied the proper dose on my cat and within hours she bgan to scratch the medicated area and also had frequent tremors/shaking of her head and leg. She spent the next 2 days at the veterinarian getting medication and IV treatments. She is now home and seems to be fine. I am in the process of writing a letter to Hartz demanding reimbursment for both the vet bill and purchase price of the flea medication. I don’t understand how Hartz can continue to sell this medication when there are so many people who have had experiences similiar to mine. Thank you for getting this information out.

Kevin E.
Lacey, WA

Looking for information on Class Action Law Suit

I am looking for any information on a class action law suit that was supposedly filed by a New York Law Firm Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP and Squitieri & Fearon, LLP.. I try to access that web site and I am unsuccessful, the links don’t work on the website I got the information from. You can contact me [email protected] or [email protected]


My Maine Coon- Tom is dead after seziures and swelling of the brain thanks

Thanks Hartz! For killing my cat. Is this russian roullette or what? I saw a couple of fleas on my cat and I purchased Hartz Flea product and within 24 hours my cat had granmal seziures, I raced him to the vet. His brain swelled and he died. Someone has got to pay for this, and i don’t mean money. I am going to pursue this legally. I have the pharmaceutical adverse events monitoring experience, as it has been my career to do QA-Validation on various drugs. I would like to see the clinical trials on these products. To allow over the counter approval of poison is beyond me.

death from hartz

I would like to know how to become part of the lawsuit. My email addy is [email protected] I had a breeding queen die from this product after her and another queen of mine spend 2 days in a comma! This happened to me several years ago and I contacted hartz had they listened to me there would have been a lot of lives saved and heartbreak avoided. They need to pay for what they have done.

Death/Health issues of EIGHT PETS

Growing up I had heard about Hartz food, cat food, turtlefood, bird food etc. had heard of ‘flea collars’, so when for the first time we had a ‘flea problem’ we went to the store to get products that were to control and elimanate the fleas…

the product we got was Hartz Control1 for flea n ticks….reading the directions…shake well before using, treat entire area using fine mist, allow to completely dry before walking in area, we were told over the phone not to let animals back in the area for at least ONE HOUR after spraying…

after spraying we kept the cats and dogs out of the area for SIX hours, we wanted to make sure all areas were dry, we even had fans blowing in all the rooms that were sprayed.

shortly after letting the animals back into the area…the cats started acting differently… Sir Spike, who usually is quite the ham became listless, his eyes lost their sparkle, he started twitching, moaning, gasping for air, had diarreaha, we use an eye dropper to give him saline solution and give him ‘O2″, which seemed to do some good…for a while…then just after I had gone to bed, I heard this horrid noise…Sir Spike was attempting to crawl into where Paul was sleeping…but he could not make it…he was screaming in pain, his head was arched back all the way to his back, he had NO control over the use of his legs, again he was gasping for air, fluid was coming out of his nose, there was no light in his eyes again, the skin around his ears, eyes, mouth…including the area around his teeth/gums… were pale, there was no pink coloring at all…with his sides heaving as he continue to fight to live the last gasp of air went out of his body…Paul refused to give up, for an hour more he continued to do ‘cpr’, trying to force air into Sir Spikes lungs, to get his heart to beat again, stroking and putting his face close, hoping for any sign of life…finally with tears pouring down his face he let me take Sir Spike away…. since it was well after midnight I had to wait till morning to bury Sir Spike… just as the sun was coming up I placed him between a might oak and a sturdy pine…

going back into the house I notice Mitzie was sitting on a chair with her head hanging down…I remarked to Paul that Mitzie was in ‘mourning’ for Sir Spike…MItzie was the eldest of all the cats, Sir Spike was only 7 yrs old… for most of the day she did not move from the chair, refusing to eat or drink, when she did get up, she had no balance…her legs gave out from under her… late afternoon while I was gone, Mitzie started screaming in pain, Paul was home alone with her and the other animals, she started throwing up, diarreha, thrashing about, gasping for air. Paul tried to comfort her, again trying to give her water and ‘O2’….nothing worked…her screams of pain grew louder until she just stopped breathing…I walked in the door just as she died…Paul came out of the bedroom with tears pouring down his face again, he didnt have to say a word, I knew she was gone, once again I had to go out to the might oak and sturdy pine, placing Mitzie a few feet away from Sir Spike, her campanion in life…

for the second night in around, both of us were unable to sleep, it was hard losing two of our ‘furry friends’, not really knowing WHAT had caused this to happen… we racked our brains WHAT??? HOW??
we knew that it had to be from something INSIDE the house, because NONE of the cats ever went outside!! only the two dogs…

about an hour after Paul finally got up from tossing an turning all night, he went to feed the rest of the cats…once again we were to go thru this horror! Little Bear started flopping over, unable to stand, his eyes lost the sparkle, Paul started yelling and I started screaming NO NO NO NOT AGAIN, NOOOOOO…. I grabbed Little Bear and put him in a box, wrapping him snuggly and raced for the door, grabbing my keys and shoes as I flew out the door…I put the box with Little Bear in the front seat next to me and drove as fast as I dared to get him to the vet….when I got there the vet took his temp which was 104, he had fluid coming out of his nose…the vet asked me questions, “had I given them anything new to eat?? what was the health of the other animals, I told him that two other cats has just died…please dont let this one die also!!!
he gave him a shot and then gave me some amoxicillian to give him once I got him home… I could tell in the short ride home that the shot was working…he had wrapped his paws/body around my hand and held on the whole way back home…
Paul was afraid to come out to the car when I got back…when he saw that Little Bear was doing better he just picked him up and kept talking to him…

now two days after I had sprayed the product, a fourth cat was acting different than normal, Baby was sleeping standing up on top of a window air conditioner…letting the full blast of cold air blow on him…he did come down to eat a tiny bit and to drink some water…then he would jump back up onto the air conditioner…in one of his jumps, he lost his balance…and ‘we thought’ he had bit his lip or tonge, cause blood started coming out of his mouth…we gave him an ice cube to suck on … he likes playing with ice cubes… and the bleeding seemed to stop…

later that day, talking with Paul I suggested that maybe we better take all the animals to be checked because by now Sammy, 5yr old Brittney Spaniel. had two open sores on his head and nose… I cleaned them out and put first aid cream on them, to this date they HAVE NOT healed up!! all these sicknesses and death started happening on 11 Aug ’03, it is now 6 Sept ’03!!! I called a local vet up, told him what had been going on…he said bring them all in… the vet checked the sores and stated at first he was not sure what caused them but they should heal right up…he did note that both dogs had lost weight…their ribs were sticking out…told him that Sammy had a mild case of diarreha and was panting very heavyly…seeming to stare off in the distence even tho he was sitting in the cornor staring at the wall…
Peanut, 7month old Shitzu, had lost weight but seemed to be ok…

When I had gotten home from the vet, I was telling Paul what had been said when I looked over at Baby…there was blood pouring from his mouth!!!…I grabbed him and raced back up to the vet…he was bleeding inside and had been for awhile…his weight had dropped from 22 lbs to 10.7 lbs. the vet kept him for two days…
Little Bear dropped from 22 lbs to 11.4 lbs… the vet kept him for two days
Mickey Moose was running a fever also and dropped from 25 lbs to 10.5 lbs … the vet kept him for two days
the three ‘boys’ will be two years old on 14 Sept ’03
Mama Squeek, the mother of the three ‘boys’, dropped from 18 lbs to 7.2 lbs she was able to come home…tho very upset not to have her babies with her….kept howling and looking for them

All six cats were Maine Coon Cat mixes, they are known for being BIG cats with many toes, only Mitzie and Baby had normal feet…the resthad 7-8 toes per paw…

while I was racking my brain to figure out what could have caused all this…my neighbor suggest I call Posion Control and talk with them…I told them what product I had used and when…they stated to me that this product was EXTREMELY toxic!!! I took the container of Control1 for flea n tick to the vet and he stated he had written several letters concerning the toxic ingrediance in this product…

Talking with Hartz, they asked me to ‘dig up and bring the cats to the vets to be shipped to a lab in Illinois for testing’ I could NOT dig them up, talking with animal control, they agreed to dig up the cats for me…not something they usually do, but in this case had no problem doing it. I did take the cats to the vet and they were shipped off. as of yet I have NOT heard from Hartz as to what the results are/were. they also asked me to send them the ‘receipt and product bar code’ which I did send the bar code but not the receipt cause it was thrown away with the shopping bag.

I know that this is a long story, yet it does not even touch how deeply the death of our cats has affected us, nor the continuous illness of the rest of the animal. Paul is terminally ill, the two cats that died were his…he had them from the time they were born…they kept him going after his heart attack/stroke/ and coma…their death has hit him very hard…depression that he can not shake…still calling out to them…Sir Spike used to curl up in the crook of Pauls arm when he slept or when he was on his computer…Mitzie knew when Paul was not feeling good and would use her body to warm the spot in his back that hurt the most, no need for a hot water bottle!!! even tho the rest of the cats are slowly gain some weight back, they still are not as playful and active as they were…there are days that they still are running a fever

we are hoping/needing a lawyer to help us with this case…since I have talked with friends of mine from all over the US I have been sent even more horror stories…. I really wish that I had heard about this before this happen… yes they had pulled this product off the shelf…but re-naming it and putting it back did NOT correct the situation!!!

Dr. Paul Brown,PhD & Barbara Hernandez

Over the weekend my mother had bought some Hartz flea shampoo for my dog. By Wednesday of that week Molly had begin to vomit. By Thursday she was unable to eat any dog food because she could not keep it down. She vomited at least seven times Thursday evening. Thursday night she also started having diarrhea. At 12:00am her face started to swell, so bad she could barely see. When I called the vet he told me to bring her in first thing the next morning. When I got up the next morning to take her to the vet, I noticed that her swelling had gotten worse over night and she was now breaking out in hives. The vet said that Molly had had an allergic reaction. Last night I noticed that her chest had what looked to be blood under the skin. The swelling in her face has went down, but has moved to her chest and her shoulders. I am stilling keeping a close eye on her, hoping that I acted in time.