I purchased Hartz’ Control Flea & Tick Guard for Cats (spray) for my cat K.C (aka KittyCat). She already had on a standard Hartz flea collar. She was treated by myself with the spot spray.
The following day I noticed she was making some strange noises, so I looked closer. I was horrified to realize that the flea spray when combined with the powder on the flea collar, had formed into a gel that had hardened overnight.
The flea collar was now ‘glued’ to my cat’s neck and she had already panicked overnight, which caused the glued flea collar to rip out a huge section of hair on the underside of K.C.’s neck.
I applied warm water, as to remove the flea collar. Then I retried with the collar in my hand and sprayed it with the spray. Sure enough, the two combined products formed the same ‘gel’ where as water on the collar did not ‘gel’ at all in the same way.
I kept the ripped out section of hair clean via a diluted saltwater solution for a couple of days. To no avail, the exposed skin area was getting much worse. So we took her to the Vet. Hospital And they said she had a progressive skin infection as a result of the hair being ripped out by K.C. when the collar became glued to her fur.
Also the Vet. said that had we not brought her in sooner she may have had to be put down. They gave her two antibiotic shots, followed by an oral medication for us to give K.C. twice a day for ten days. Now at the end of her ten days K.C.’s neck looks much better.
Unfortunately I suspect that the skin infection has spread further. Her hind feet are now swollen and missing hair, as are her ears. She will be going back to the Vet. tommorow. This maybe her last trip to the Vet. as she is not looking very good at all.
I have contacted the HartzMountain Corporation regarding this matter. I Have sent them progressive photos of K.C. and as well the Vet. bill. I have asked them for reimbursement for the bill and that they put a warning on future products. Results are still pending at this time.
So please remember to tell people Do Not Combine These Two Products (let alone, use them at all)..
1)Hartz Standard (powder style) Plastic Flea Collar,
2)Hartz Control Flea & Tick Guard for Cats (spray).
Thank-You For Reading My Story,