NOT KNOWING OUR CAT WAS PREGNANT WE USED HARTZ FLEA DROPS ON HER,SHE RAN OUT SIDE AND STAYED GONE ALL NIGHT,WE DIDNT KNOW WHAT WE HAD DONE. A FEW WEEKS LATER SHE HAD FOUR KITTENS,THREE LOKK TO BE OKAY,AS ADULTS WE DO NOT KNOW,BUT,#FOUR A LITTLE BOY WE CALL IMO (IMHOTEP)AFTER THE FAMOUS MUMMY,FOR THAT REASON IS WHEN HE WAS BORN HIS FRONT LEGS WERE DROWN UP TO HIS CHEST LIKE A MUMMY,HE HAD SEVERE NERVE DAMAGE,SO MUCH SO WE HAD TO HAVE ONE OF HIS EYES CUT OPEN AFTER A YEAR,HE NOW WALKS ON THREE LEGS ONE CURLS UNDER HIM, HE CANT JUMP,SCRATCH,WASH HIM SELF, HE CANT EVEN STAND LONG ENOUGH TO USE THE LITTER BOX,HE HAS TO LEAN ON ANY THING HE CAN FIND.HES VERY SHAKY AND CANT RUN,OR CLIMB STAIRS. EVEN AS A INFANT HE COULDNT FEED OFF HIS MOTHER I BOTTLE FED HIM,HE LAID IN ONE SPOT TILL YOU PICKED HIM UP ,IT WAS VERY HEART BREAKING BUT WE HAD NOT A CLUE TILL, WE PUT SOME MORE FLEA DROPS ON HIS MOTHER AND HIM, SHE BECAME ILL,THROWING UP,SHAKES ECT BUT,IMO GOT REALLY ILL . AFTER THREE OR FOUR BATHS HE STILL ACTED STRANGE, BUT THE WORST WAS WHEN FOR TWO WEEKS HE HAD DIARIHA TO THE POINT WERE HE WAS DEHIDRATED THE VET GAVE HIM NUTRA-CAL, ANTIBOTICS,AND SPECIAL FOOD,AND SADLY THE TWO KITTENS THAT WERE BORN A FEW WEEKS LATER WAS V E R Y DEFORMED AND DIED AFTER A WEEK. THIS STUFF SHOULD BE PULLED FROM EVERY SHELF NOW BEFOR SOME ONE ELSE GETS HURT OR DIES, THIS MUST HAPPEN NOW BEFOR THE SPRING MAD RUSH TO GET RID OF FLEAS ROLLS AROUND………… IT ANGERS ME SO TO THINK THAT MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THEN THE LIVES OF ANIMALS AND THEIR OWNERS, I THINK SOME ONE SHOULD PAY FOR THIS OUTRAGE………………………………………………
IM READY FOR THE FIGHT!!!!
There were alot of stray cats in our area, most of them we befriended. One of them had kittens when she was only 8 months old. We found the kittens just a day or 2 after they were born, the mom wasn’t adapt at caring for them so my Mom and I took over. When they were about 2 weeks old we found Hartz kitten formula at walmart while we were buying other pet items. and it was $2 or $3 cheaper than the KMR we had been feeding them, so we decided to try it. My mom used it the next morning to feed the 4 kittens. Within just a few hours one of the kittens went into what I describe as a deep sleep that they couldn’t wake up from, but they were a little responsive, more like twitches when I blew in her face. Edi was in the coma like state for 8 hours, her sister Beni for only about an hour, James and Cassie didn’t make it. We noticed the severity of the “coma” was based on how much they ate. Cassie ate almost a full bottle, Edi and James half, and Beni barely touched it. Our vet couldn’t figure out what was wrong with them and didn’t expect them to pull out. We have Edi and Beni still, Edi is a little slow, almost like the “coma” effected her brain. We wrote Hartz but only got a thank you letter back for purchasing there products.
Edi and Beni(our vet said they were boys and turned out to be boys) celebrated there 2nd birthday August 5th.
We have used Hartz on our cat for a month now with no ill effects, and the fleas are going away. Let me also say I do not work for Hartz. I stumbled across this site looking for information to use a flea bomb.
It is scary the number of people reporting problems with this product and it is true a problem probably exists. But how many people followed the instructions? I looked at the terrible picture of the cat with the burn on his neck. Did the owner put a little bit on his neck wait to see if he had a reaction or just squeeze out the whole bottle? If he waited a day that cat would not have suffered the way he did.
You can blame Hartz all you want, and as I said it seems they have a real problem, but I bet a good percentage of pet owners didn’t follow instructions. The picture of the cat being a good example. If Hartz sold a bad product they need to be sued and given fines, but irresponsible pet owners need to take responsibility for their actions.
My cat had seizures after putting the topical flea drops on her. She was vomiting, screaming, and twitching. My vet said this is the second cat he has had at his office this month with this problem after using Hartz Mountain products.
Yesterday I made the mistake of trusting a well known pet store to recomend a flea drop for my 3mo old kittin Cassy. Like most of you I had no idea that they could package and sell toxic, killer, chemicals as a pet product. Within an hour Cassy begain to cry. She ran to the bathroom vomiting and shooting diaria. I had red the box thank God so I imideatly bathed her and used baby shampoo to wash her. She kept crying though, never had I heard a cat sound like this… she just lay their lookin like she would die. I could not affod a vet but called many for advice looking for something to help. One place told me to bath her again using kitchen dish soap so I again bathed Cassy who was now limp and staring at me. Well I just held her for hours wraped in warm blankets or towls, changing them as needed to keep her dry. She is lucky, about 6hr later she stood up and ate a little food! It is a day later and she is acting normal, I just hope their are no unknown side effects she has that I have not noticed yet. I have resurced non stop since then, I found a pitition against Hartz co. Please look!! http://www.petitiononline.com/hartz/
My heart goes out to all of you.
I recently wrote an e-mail to Petco regarding the fact that they carry Hartz products. I was shocked at the response I received. It seems that they simply don’t care what happens as a result of the products that they sell. Please read below.
I very much like your web site and the wide variety of products you offer for pets. I just wanted to mention, though, that I am surprised that you offer Hartz products. When seeing Hartz products for sale by your company, it makes it very difficult for one to have confidence in the safety of other products that you sell. The Hartz products make it
appear that Petco isn’t giving much thought to the safety of our beloved companions. I saw a few nice toys, etc., that I was going to order, and
figured they were safe since you were selling them. Then, I saw the Hartz products and decided that there is a good chance that these toys
could be dangerous as well, as it appears the company is not very selective in the products they offer. Consumers really need to have
confidence that you care for the wellbeing of their pets. Thank you.
Response from Hartz:
Thank you for contacting PETCO.com.
Please accept our apologies. We strive to provide exceptional Customer Service, and appreciate hearing from you. Your feedback is vital for us to continue to improve our products and services.
We offer a variety of products for the satisfaction and convenience of all of our customers.
Again, we apologize and hope that you will shop with us again soon.
Customer Service Representative
***When contacting us by e-mail, please include all previous correspondence to assist us in providing you with the best customer service***
I put Hartz drops on all our cats over 1yr ago,within 2 days 1 real young cat died, and our 9yr old cat had the spasm syptoms everyone is talking about. She will NEVER be normal! Her pupils are out of focus,no balance at all, and still has the twitchy head. I HATE you for this HARTZ!!!
My cat had a terrible reaction to a similar product called Front-line. Our vet suggested it to us and sold it to us. My cats first symptoms were very subtle, she was sluggish and unactive. She became gradually worse and within two days could barely control her hind legs. We rushed her to the vet, who ran test after expensive test, and made no diagnosis. Time passed and my cat began to regain control of her hind legs, each day she improved. Then suddenly out of nowhere, she got worse than ever, when she walked she stumbled to and fro like a drunk person, unable to control her legs, when she tried to jump short distances she would crash to the floor unable to right herself. This reoccurance coincided with a reapplication of Frontline, and the emergency pet clinic in our town confirmed that it was a reaction to the flea drops we used on our cat. I hope the word gets out about these harmful products, it is a terrible thing when vet’s don’t even know about the potential damage they can cause.
November 5 we decided that it was time to fight the fleas in our house, as many of you have done. We also went to WalMart like many others due to our money situation as well. Hartz products have been a product that my parents had used and we decided since it was good for them why not us. Maggie May is a beautiful cat that we had since she was born, as we have the mother and father and Maggie decided she never wanted to leave home. We gave them all the drops Fizben, Jinx, Spook and Maggie May, at ten p.m. Then this morning we went to let them out of their bedroom and we found Maggie May in grand mal seizures. Rushed her to the vet right away and found out from our Vet this was her fifth cat this week. They had all been poisoned and two died. Maggie May was given the charcoal slurply and a flushing.
She so far has recovered but we unsure of the total outcome of her brain function and bladder reaction. She will have a head twitching for the rest of her life.
What sickens me is reading this page and finding out that Hartz a reputable company at one time allows this poison to be out their killing our pets (children). Maggie May is not just a pet she is Family and I believe a lawsuit and a petition should be started and a full ban on their products and stores that sell them.
Hartz was their when I was a kid what happen to them?
I live in Canada and need all those that can help me do so.
Please e-mail at
and even if you snail mail me that will help as I plan on forwarding it to Hartz company.
K147 13280 105 Ave
V3T – 1Z1
I was able to take pictures of Maggie May as well which I will upload at this site. I would like to thank you all ahead of time.
mY CAT GEEPS HAD FOUR KOOL LITTLE KITTENS UNTILL I FOUND OUT THEY HAD WORMS. SO I WENT DOWN TO THE STORE AND BOUGHT SOME HARTZS LIQUID WORMER. AND SINCE THEN MY CATS BEEN FOAMING AT THE MOUTH AND HES INCOHEARENT. AND HES ON THE VERGE OF DYING. I CANT AFFORD A VET SO ALL IME LEAFT WITH IS A CAT WHOES LIFE I TRUSTED TO A MEDICIN THAT I TRUSTED THANKYOU HARTZS SINCERLEY DISSATIFIED CONSUMMER AND ONE DEAD KITTEN.