I recently adopted two cats from our local animal shelter. Because the second of the two had been an indoor/outdoor cat, I decided to treat both with a single-dose flea treatment before confining them to being indoor-only cats. I carefully read the directions and planned to apply the medication during a time that I would be there a fully day to keep watch of the animals. About a half of an hour after applying the medicine, the first cat starting losing the hair at the base of its neck. I realized that she was having a reaction to the medicine and quickly washed it off with soap and water. I checked the second and she seemed fine. After a few hours I realized that I hadn’t seen the second cat around and went in search of her. She had found a hiding space in the drop ceiling of our basement and refused to come out. When we finally removed enough ceiling tiles to climb up and get her down, she was disillusioned and docile. She had lost nearly all of her coordination and balance and had trouble walking and standing. She also had tremors and would shake on occasion. I repeatedly washed the medicated area and gave her a lot of fluids but it took 3 days before she was herself again. After telling many people my story, I heard many other stories very similar to my own. It was then I realized that they all had one common factor… Hartz flea medication. I warn anyone out there against using this medicine on their pets. I know it is convenient since it is sold in many discount and grocery stores but it is dangerous. Please take the time and consult your vet about a safe flea medication.
I gave my cat Hartz mite drops 3 days ago. He wouldn’t eat, drink or use the litter box .He also had trimmers and a puny meow. My husband and I couldn?t figure out what was wrong with him until we stumbled upon this website tonight. I had heard here and there that it Hartz might be harmful but never thought it came from a valid source, I thought it was just hear say. I just can?t believe that a company would and could do this to animals. It?s going on the fourth day now with not much improvement. Thanks Hartz. I’m lucky that my cat is alive.
We purchased hartz flea tick and misquito drops. I thought since it said could be used on kittens under 10 pounds maybe one drop would be ok since i was tired of paying 48 dollars for frontline. Almost instantly my cat sylvester started twitching and staring as if he had a neurological problem and tremors. That scared me to death so i called the vet and he said bring him in. We could not bring him in until the next day so the vet said keep giving him baths total of four with dawn dishwashing liquid to get it out of his pores. We did and took him in the next morning. After examing him he said he had been posioned and needed a liver panel and to subq him for dehydration . We couldnt afford the cost so we had to take him home like that with more baths until we could get the money or hartz reimburesed us. I didnt know they were in a lawsuit like this and i am so mad and want compensation so i can get him checked.
I purchased this product yesterday morning, and applied it to my cat at 12:30 pm. By 5:00 pm, he had been rushed to the vet hospital from full body tremors. He was instantly taken in and given a shot to calm him, and a shot of muscle relaxer. I was given a bottle of muscle relaxers to bring home to give to him every 6 hours as needed for tremors, as they can cause fever and dehydration. He has been sleeping since I brought him home last night due to the muscle relaxers, and is having a hard time eating and drinking. The vet said he will be fine with no long term effects. I feel like I am one of the lucky one’s after reading other people’s stories about Hartz and their pets dying. I am outraged that this product is on the shelves! The vet even told me NOT to use Hartz…it’s pretty bad when a vet even says not to use it.