Last year was pretty rough for me financially, and I just couldn’t afford to take both my cats to the vet (I now have three, having taken in a feral kitten).
They were troubled with fleas, so I bought the once-a-month flea drop product from Hartz. I’d heard lots about once-a-month programs, and how well they worked, and I figured a company like Hartz was reputable. Plus, the price was right — about $8 for three treatments instead of the $39 for three treatments the vet wanted.
Both cats immediately went into fairly major contortions trying to get the stuff off. I didn’t think that much of it, since they *always* try to get any kind of medicine off. One of my cats, though, started vomiting a *lot* (more than normal for this cat). I used the treatment a second month, and noticed when I applied it that the more-affected cat was losing some fur. I concluded that she was allergic to fleas and to the flea medicine and got her a collar instead.
As I’d gotten the breakaway collars, both cats had them torn off and hidden within a couple of days.
I gave up at this point and bought them the more expensive medicine at the vet, which controlled their fleas very well.
One of the cats had lost a lot of fur, but I assumed it would grow back over the winter. I figured she had lost it due to body stress because of flea allergies. However, it never grew back, and she has large patches of fur missing, and scabs everywhere.
She also was grooming and scratching constantly. If she was awake, she was grooming and scratching. I spoke of it to the vet, and noted that I’d tried the Hartz products. He was horrified, and said not to use them anymore, because a lot of cats were experiencing seizures or even dying because of the OTC treatments.
I watched them carefully this time, and noticed that the constant grooming and scratching has stopped. I’m hoping my cat’s fur will eventually grow back in.
And I’m warning everyone I know not to buy Hartz products of any kind.