Yet another hapless victim

On Sunday we tried to do something nice for our cat Kestra – prevent fleas. We bought the Hartz Advanced Care drops and applied one tube as the directions specified. We read the warnings but how were we to anticipate that our cat had a “sensitivity”? It’s not like there was a small tube of the stuff to test her with, so we squirted the whole thing on her neck. The next morning she was scratching and meowing at our bedroom door, and when I saw her I was shocked because she was shedding like crazy from the back of her neck where we had applied the drops, and it felt like a chemical burn on her skin. Later my husband and I decided to wash her with soap like it suggested on the label. It seemed to get the majority of the oil off, but then we started noticing her shaking her hind legs like she does when wet, so we think we should bring her to the vet. I am so mad right now, yet at the same time I feel guilty for putting my friend, Kestra, through this. Why is Hartz getting away with this? There needs to be a penalty for this sort of thing; it’s tantamount to ANIMAL CRUELTY!!! Let’s try to figure out a way to get this “product” off the shelves and away from other unsuspecting pet lovers!

Suzanne Aldrich

Two more victims

Last night, 5-1-05, my girlfriend Kelly, put the hartz stuff on our 3y/o Maine Coon, and 6 m/o Gray Tabby. This was given to us by her VET!!!!!She called me this morning at 5am and told me that both cats were having leg spasms. I told her to immediately bathe both of them, and make sure to do their backs, then put them in the bathroom and turn on th heat to make sure they stayed warm. When I got home, the spasms had stopped. I called my vet (185 miles away) and they immediately went off the deep end. They told me to keep a good check on them to make sure that they acted fine, and didn’t have any mre spasms. I think they are going to be fine as the tabby is playing.


About a month ago, my boyfriend use Hartz flea drops on our cat Goblin, who’s about 10 mos. old. Goblin got totally lethargic and skittish, but we thought he was just unhappy about having something wet and strange smelling on the back of his neck. Overnight, he curled next to us as tightly as he could, and I tried to comfort him, but it still never occured to me that he could be ill.

The next morning, my boyfriend noticed that Goblin was still lethargic and began having muscle spasms in both legs. Mike washed the product off him a bit and went online to see if he could find any information about what to do for him and why he was reacting that way. What he found, of course, was horror story after horror story about what Hartz has done to people’s pets. Mike washed Goblin thoroughly and called the vet, who told him, “Bring Goblin in right away.” I raced home from work and we took him to the vet, where they told us that it was very good that Mike had washed him and he should be ok, although the kept him on an IV for two days.

The vet bill was almost $400, but luckily, Goblin is fine. I am SO grateful to Josh and everyone responsible for this site, because without it, Mike wouldn’t have known how serious the effects of Hartz products can be.

I can’t imagine the pain of those who lost beloved pets and I find it absolutely APALLING that Hartz knows about the deaths, traumas and illnesses they’ve caused yet fight tooth and nail to continue to sell these deadly products. I’m particularly outraged about the grossly inadequate “relabeling” that Hartz was required to do by the EPA: our package merely reads that pet owners should consult a vet before using their products IF your pet is “known to be sensitive to pesticide products.” Why would Goblin have a “known sensitivity”? He was only 9 months old at the time!

I am a magazine editor and writer and since Goblin recovered, I have wanted to write as big a story as I could lambasting Hartz for the trauma they have caused and continue to cause. I am in particular need of sources with legal backgrounds to comment on why Hartz can continue to sell these products or can at least offer background on class action suits against large corporations. If this fits you or someone you know, please get in touch with me. I would also like to speak with anyone who would like to discuss their experience with Hartz products (good or bad) and/or their dealings with the Hartz corporation.
Thanks very much, Virginia (please email: [email protected]

Hartz Flea Drops Are Toxic to Cats

We purchased Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops Plus in April 2005. It is labeled “For Cats and Kittens Weighing 10lbs or less”. We applied it to the back of the necks of our two adult cats, both of whom weight 10lbs or more. Both had severe and ongoing reactions, including tremors, salivation and apparent halluncinations. We have bathed the animals repeatedly to try and remove all traces of the product. The vet’s were shocked that we had purchased this product. This product and all related products are to be avoided. If you applied these products to your animals, bath them immediately and rinse repeatedly. We notice that the reactions seem to occur after the cats wash behind their ears. Despite repeated attempts to remove the product from the fur, we can still smell the residue.

Hartz Flea & Tick Drops for Cats

I purchased the stuff from a reputable large pet store chain, thinking it will deter summer fleas and mosquitoes (since I have read about heart worms I was worried). I put it on my cat at about 8 pm and noticed the strong, oily greasy stuff and thought it would subside by morning. I woke up that morning and to my surprise my kitty was not waiting for me. He is always there when I wake up and walks me down stairs to start the day. I called for him and started searching after five minutes I started to panic. I finally found him hiding under the couch, very usual for him. I examined him and notice how lethargic he was, panicking further, I read the package and it said nothing of this. I washed him off hoping that would help, it didn?t. I rushed him to emergency vet services and they said it was the worse product to use on my beloved cat and this is a very common reaction to this product. For the first time he hissed at me, the vet said he is not himself due to this product. The clincher, as I was leaving the emergency hospital another cat was being admitted for the same problem. I took him to his doctor and he spent all day having tests ran and shots to counter act this reaction, $400 dollars later he is doing better. My cats vet and 2 emergency services confirmed that this product is not effective and very harsh on a cats body due to the ingredients used. The vet also stated Hartz is not regulated as Frontline is. Needless to say I will never use their products again.