I got Yoda in June of 2002. She was a very loving and cuddly cat that loved as much attention as she could get. She would play fetch, and just liked to lay with people. In December of 2002 I noticed that she had some fleas so I went to PetsMart and got some of the flea and tick drops for cats. I followed the directions to the “T” and eveything seemed fine, that is until it came time to give her the second dose a month later in January of 2003. Just a few days after she was sleeping peacefully on my pillow and all of a sudden she started shaking really badly. I found the number to an emergency vet and told them what was wrong, before I even had a chance to tell them they asked me if I had used Hartz flea medication, and I told them I had. It turns out the “medicine” caused her to have sezeiures. They told me to imediately give her a bath and bring her in as soon as I could get there, I did as told and got her to the vet where they gave her and anti-toxin and a shot of valium. She was never the same after that day. She wasn’t cuddly anymore, she was having sezeiures more and more frequently, and then she started having strokes. She wouldn’t play fetch, or play with the dog anymore. You couldn’t get near her without her freaking out at first. She no longer wanted to be petted, and she started sleeping in the kitty litter for days on end.
Here it is, two and a half years after giving her the medication, and I had to take her to the vet to be put to sleep. The vet tech was not at all surprised when I told her what had caused her to become so sick with her only being 3 years old. It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do and I started bawling as soon as I tried to tell the woman what I was there for. Hartz did pay for the vet bill those 2 and a half years ago, but that doesn’t change the fact that they destroyed my cats quality of living.
I will never ever buy another Hartz product, I just wish there was a way that I could make sure this never happens to anyone else because I know it has put me through hell watching my loving cat slip farther and farther away.
I found this website when I was Googling “Hartz” and I am very happy that I found it, I can take a little comfort by the fact that there are people that are trying to do something. Thank you.