I have a 10 month old kitten that I put Hartz flea drops on. He started acting strange right away. Didn’t want to be held, started hiding( this is a cat that is usually VERY friendly). Then I noticed he started falling off the window ledge where he sleeps. Finally he started having seizures, at first I thought it was just a flea that bit him and he started jerking around, but yesterday he was having a full seizure, I tried to touch him to calm him and he bite me in the hand, I couldn’t get him to let go of my hand with his teeth. I have a huge bite on my right hand, it’s swollen and I can’t use it. All because of this flea medicine. I took him to the vet and she said that hertz had been known to have these kinds of reactions. Why weren’t we warned????? I also had to go the the doctor and get put on antibiotics.
Yesterday I had my husband give our 3 cats a treatment of Hartz Advance Care for Cats and this morning I discoverred the youngest of the three convulsing. I rushed his to the vet where he has been all day trying to recover from the medicine that I gave him that I thought would help. He had to be sedated and bathed and is now on an IV. When I discovered what it was that might have killed my cat I became angry and went online to discover that many more cats and dogs have reacted similarly.
Lucky for me and my cat that I am married to an attorney. I do not intend to let this go by without a fight.
My Melanie is a beautiful and very sweet little feline lady of near 4 years old and weighing in at just about 5 pounds. She is a deaf-mute and by nature not a very active little girl. We live in the deep south and fleas are a big problem here in our extended warm climate. Melly is a strictly indoor cat but still those pesky fleas find her. I myself had minor surgery this week and being home I noticed that she really seemed to be bothered with fleas so while at the supermarket yesterday I picked up what was a prominently displayed remedy, in attractive packaging, at a very fair price. This product is what I now know to be one that can cause debilitating illness, permanent central nervous system damage and even bring on painful death. That pretty little package with the picture of the healthy yellow tabby on the front was of course Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens weighing 10 lbs or less.
I applied it according to package directions at about Noon yesterday. As is the usual my Melly slept most all day but I did notice that she had no interest in food or water. Last night at around 8 pm my son and I spent a good hour looking for her. She had wedged herself up into a corner in a closet behind a file cabinet and was just sitting there looking sleepy. I coaxed her out and offered her some food which she refused. I went to bed not long after but truthfully I just couldn’t get past the feeling that something was wrong. I got up at midnight to find her facing headlong into a corner, her tiny body first contracting rigidly and then nearly collapsing lifelessly. Again and again she would convulse. Her eyes were just open a tiny slit and she was so weak that she was unable to stand. I knew that she was exhibiting symptoms of toxicity and gently immersed her in a sink full of warm water and then bathed her with No More Tears Baby Bath. After holding her wrapped up in a towel for near an hour she finally stopped convulsing. She is however at this hour, now 24 hours since application, still too weak to stand and is at the Veterinary Hospital on IV fluids to flush out her little body. I only pray that she will survive and that none of her vital organs have been permanently damaged due to this toxic poison.
My ignorance led me to believe that a product displayed prominently in the Pet Care section of my supermarket was safe. I feel like I have been tricked and I am admittedly furious about it. So far my calls to Hartz have been unsuccessful. Seems according to a message that I get when I call that the entire company is “in a meeting” until later this afternoon.
I plan to make them responsible for this Vet bill as well as my Melanie’s suffering and I don’t care if it costs me 10 times as much in legal assistance to do it. I will write every agency on your list as well as insist that my supermarket pull this product. I also will be contacting my local newspaper and news channel this afternoon once I hear my Melly’s definitive prognosis.
I am both angry and simply incredulous that such a dangerous product is allowed to be sold to the unsuspecting public. Consider me in the fight. I am furious and going to make as big a stink over this as one person can.
Please pray for my Melanie. I love her so very much. Truly, my heart is broken.
I was wanting to tell people of the misery my cat Dexter has gone through because of these products. I gave him the prodauct for the back of his neck and within a day he came in with a big spot of his hair and skin missing right above his tail. I thought he had gotten bitten by a dog or something. And with in a few days he started to lose his hair on the back of his neck. I talked to the pet store and they said it sounded like an allergic reaction to fleas and I should get a flea collar and spray. So I went to walmart and bought the hartz products and now my cat is very sick. He does not want to move much, he was laying on my bed and fell off and landed on his back and then crawled under my bed and layed there and peed under my bed. He is walking around like he his hunting for something. He stands up and his back legs and is wobbly. I want to take him to the vet but I can’t afford to pay the bill right now and there is no payment plan for the bill. I am very stressed wether or not he is going to live. All I can do is prey. Thank you for reading to my story and I hope that someday those terrible products will be off our shelves and quit killing our loyal, loving & long-life friends.
I was wanting to tell people of the misery my cat Dexter has gone through because of these products. I gave him the prodauct for the back of his neck and within a day he came in with a big spot of his hair and skin missing right above his tail. I thought he had gotten bitten by a dog or something. And with in a few days he started to lose his hair on the back of his neck. I talked to the pet store and they said it sounded like an allergic reaction to fleas and I should get a flea collar and spray. So I went to walmart and bought the hartz products and now my cat is very sick. He does not want to move much, he was laying on my bed and fell off and landed on his back and then crawled under my back and layed there and peed under my bed. He is walking around like he his hunting for something. He stands up and his back legs and is wobbly. I want to take him to the vet but I can’t afford to pay the bill right now and there is no payment plan for the bill. I am very stressed wether or not he is going to live. All I can do is prey. Thank you for reading to my story and I hope that someday those terrible products will be off our shelves and quit killing our loyal, loving & long-life friends.
Hi, my husband bought the hartz drops tonight because they were on sale for $6.00 rather than the$45 for the other brand. We decided to read about them online before opening them to use them. I am so glad we did. We found your site and the “victims” who wrote on your site most likely saved our kitty and doggie from much pain and health problems. We wont take a chance now and we will be returning the drops tomorrow. unopened thankfully. God bless and thanks for your site . It has really helped us.
signed, Calmer in California
April 27, 2005, I bought hartz flea and tick drops for all 4 of my cats. (I was a little low on cash and didn’t want to pay $44 for 4 tubes of advantage from my vet like I usually do). Two packages of Hartz was about $10. On May 2, one of my indoor cats was vomitting and very lathargic. My outside cat seemed to be fine but wanted constant attention (very odd for him). I checked online for information about the hartz flea and tick drops thinking maybe there was a problem with them. Boy, was I shocked to see all the stories. I called my vet and they said to bring “Cleopatra” in. They determined that she was out of the woods as far as convulsions, etc…because she would have already had them, but had an upset stomach due to licking the poison. They gave her 2 shots to stop the stomach upset and vomitting. (Vet cost $24). When I came home, I discovered a new pile of vomit (obviously not made by Cleo as she was with me at the vet). So, one of the other 2 indoor cats was sick. About an hour later, “Mary”, one of the other cats had horrible diarrhea. Called the vet again and they said watch her and make sure she starts to eat and drink and has a regular BM in the next few days, if not bring her in. (She still had diarrhea at night). May 3, Cleo seems fine. She has ate and is playful. Mary has only licked the gravy off some canned cat food and is still very lathargic. Hope she gets better. The outside cat seems fine, but
still wanting more attention than usual. Only one cat seemed to be unnaffected by these drops and that is because on April 30, I noticed she still had fleas and gave her a bath. I am lucky that my cats didn’t get desperately ill (or die), although, still not sure about Mary. But the heartache of watching them so ill and worrying about them is awful.
I had heard that Hartz flea drops were bad for cats so I told my girlfriend to get Advantix. She misunderstood and got the Advanced formula of Hartz. Now my cat has a chemical burn and scabbing and no fur on his neck. He’s lucky that’s all that has happened. (We give him showers as needed–he likes them more than baths). He happened to get a shower the day after the flea medicine went on. Then another when we noticed hair missing. This stuff is cruel.
Yesterday, we put Harts Flea drops on the back of our 2 year old Manx cat and this morning we found clumps of hair all over the house. Our cat had pulled out all of the hair on the back of her neck and she is extremely ill. She is lethargic and will not move. Also, she is dry heaving uncontrollably. It has been about 36 hours since the application and she is still extremely ill. We washed her real good in the tub and removed all of the product. We called a animal hospital this evening and they were well aware of the problem with Hartz. As you can imagine, we are very upset with Hartz and gravely concerned with our cat. We are angry with Harts and are sending our story and opinion to Harts legal department, to put it lightly. Something has to be done to stop Hartz. We will continue to read this web site and try to find out more about the product and how to remove it from the market. We need a class action lawsuit against Hartz.
A stray cat left a litter of 5 in my backyard, so I’ve been feeding and caring for them as they are all so cute. Last Tues. I took 2 of the females to my vet to be spayed. After their surgeries, the vet wanted me to keep them in the house for 2 or 3 days to give them time to recover. On the 3rd day both were doing fine so in my infinite wisdom I decided to put Hartz flea drops on them before letting them go back outside. Imagine my horror upon arriving home from work to find 2 previously lively kittens huddled in the corner twitching and shaking and one couldn’t even walk. I immediately took them back to my vet who kept them overnight for fluids and medications to reduce the tremors and shaking. So $228 later I had my kittens back, what a great way to save money and torture my poor sweet kittens who had put their trust in me to take care of them. My vet also said to never use the products again (not that I would) because each application will produce more severe results.