My fiance and I have five cats and recently discovered that our feline friends had a few “friends” of their own. Previously, I’ve purchased Frontline from my vet and have been very pleased with the results. While my pets have been lethargic for a day or so after treatment, the medicine works like a charm, even with animals who spend the majority of their time outdoors. Now owning five cats, my fiance and I decided to take the more convenient and least expensive route, and purchased Hartz 3-in-1 flea drops at our local Rite-Aid. I was skeptical that Hartz would work as effectively as Frontline, but was certainly willing to save a dollar or two to find out.
We applied the product around 8 PM on Thursday evening. The first thing that I noticed about this product was it’s ridiculously pungent odor – my cats smelled worse than a perfume counter at a department store. Still skeptical, but not concerned, I noticed that my cats were acting a little upset, but considered this behavior not unsusual considering my extensive experience with Frontline.
Friday, however, was an entirely different story. My cats went out of their way to let us know that something was horribly wrong. They were acting very strange, and very clingy, and would not let us out of their sight…so much so that, unable to sleep, I thankfully hopped on the internet and found this site. THANK YOU!! I woke my fiance up to let him know what I discovered, and we proceeded to bathe all five of our friends first thing this morning…and not a moment too soon: our youngest kitten was showing signs of an allergic reaction to her fur and skin near her neck, along with breathing problems, and two others were also showing signs of an allergic reaction to their necks, as none of the product had dispersed as normally seen with Frontline. In fact, all five still had an oily, messy matte of fur near the necks. To give all of them baths was absolutely heartbreaking, but we are so pleased that we did as they are now playing and napping and showing no signs of an adverse reaction.
Certainly, we will continue to monitor them diligently. But it has been comforting to find this site, and to have an opportunity to vent. It makes me ill to think that we could have lost all five of our dear friends just because we were feeling a little cheap. Please spread the word – tell everyone you know to avoid Hartz products at all costs!