I had used the Advantage flea and tick drops a long time ago and they did the job wonderfully, but my cats fleas came back… This time, I just picked up some of the Hartz flea drops from the drugstore, hoping it would do the trick – BAD IDEA!
I put the drops on my cat, being sure to get them high enough on her neck (when i used the Advantage, it wasn’t high enough and she was able to lick it off, making her a sick) so that she couldn’t mess with it, but I guess she used her paw to try and get it off… I don’t really know. All I know is that she started acting strange, a little lethargic, and kept lifting up her back paws and shaking them like they were wet. I was getting concerned, so I did a search online and that’s when I found all of these websites and stories about cats who’ve gotten ill or even died from this horrible product. I was horrified! I told my father about everything, but he didn’t really seem to care. He kept telling me she was just fine, but I knew she wasn’t fine at all. At 3 A.M. I woke him up, telling him we needed to take her to a vet or something – he said there was nothing he could do, because the drops were already on her and he wouldn’t pay four hundred dollars to take her to some emergency clinic.
Because of my father being a total jerk, I sat up all night with my poor cat, hoping and praying that her “symptoms” wouldn’t get any worse. Luckily, she seems to be better this morning. I’m hoping she doesn’t end up getting worse, though.
I feel terrible that I put that stuff on her to begin with and didn’t even do a little research before. I looked everywhere on the package before using it and saw NOTHING about it being harmful to cats. That Hartz can continue to put that product out with hardly any information about what it can do to your pet disgusts me. I’m tempted to leave slips of paper next to this product in all the stores in town to warn people 🙁