I had previously used Hartz treatment on my cat. It was the kind that you stripe from neck to tail, and she was able to lick it. At the end of the day her fur was all mussed and she didn’t look like she felt well. I gave her a bath, and she looked better the next day. Never again, said I.
I went to PetSmart the other day to get some flea treatment. I knew Hartz sucked, but I didn’t even know PetSmart was dumb enough to sell Hartz. I just wanted to get the kind that you apply right behind their head, so she couldn’t lick it. Plus, the kind I bought was $9.99, and I knew Hartz was some cheap s***. I didn’t even see the “hartz” in the corner of the package. I feel so bad because I am a lawyer and always onto people, that you should be smart enough to read directions, etc. Well, this was the kind you apply at the base of their head, so I didn’t even think it was Hartz because of my past experience with it. Little did I know they were forced to change their directions from striping to base of head. Stupid me.
I put it on my cat and immediately left for work. When I came home, I thought she was still sulking about it, because she was hiding. I checked on her and she seemed ok, under my bed. She finally came out about an hour later, and she sat on my lap trembling. Her eyes were all dilated. She sat there for awhile, then she suddenly just fell off my lap onto the floor. “That’s it”, I thought, and gave her a good bath. (I thought she felt pretty bad, but not bad enough to give me hell by thrashing around!!) She threw up in the middle of the night, but she seems fine now.
My cat is 6 years old and weighs a little over 10 lbs. I used the kind for under 10 lbs. because of her previous funny reaction. Here I thought the first bad reaction was because she licked it. Now I find that Hartz has years and years of this happening to all kinds of cats, just by applying it.
I was so disgusted to find that I had bought Hartz by accident. I didn’t think PetSmart would stoop so low. Hartz raised their price point so they wouldn’t look like the cheap bastards that they are. I can’t believe this s*** is still on the market. I was glad to hear that MSNBC ran a story on Hartz the day before I put this crap on my cat. I’m just sorry I didn’t see it before hand. Could have saved my pet a lot of suffering.
Hartz knows they can get away with this crap, because their damages would be so low in these class actions. You can’t put the kind of life value on a pet that you can on a human, since pets don’t generate income. Yes, we all feel that our pets are priceless, but legally, they’re just another piece of personal property. It’s disgusting that Hartz has years of history pulling this crap and they have done nothing, except at the insistence of the EPA.