I have a recently aquired a older kitten. She is about 9 months old. She has been fairly infested with fleas, and after an extensive flea coming, I decided to treat her with flea drops.
I have always used Frontline in the past on all my pets(2 dogs, 4 cats). This fall however, I have been strapped for cash, as we had a very special cat die of feline infectious peritonitis. That was a very expensive ordeal as well as traumatic to all concerned.
Anyways, our newest cat, Nisel has turned out to be an exceptional cat as well. For some reason, I had a package of Hartz flea drops for dogs, and one for Cats/kittens. I used the medication on both dogs and all was fine. Then I used the one for cats/kittens on our new cat. This was at 10pm. By 4am, she was trembling, her eyes were twitching non stop, and should couldn’t hold a arm up or even walk.
I immediatly suspected the medication, and did a search on feline flea drops and wow! I could not believe what I saw. Hundreds of pages relating to the exact Hartz medication I had used. I called the local emergency vet hospital and they told me to give her a bath at once, keep her warm, quiet and in the dark.
Fortunatly after doing all these, and her curled up in my bed all night, ahe seems completely back to normal the next morning.
I’m sure this was a mild reaction compared to alot of other pets, but nonetheless it really scared the crap out of me. The next day after talking to my regular vet, and other people, I can not believe all the horror stories I am hearing about this medication.
It was totally stupid on my part to just assume the Hartz medication was just as good as Frontline. Even with that, I will not use any meds on this particular cat in the future.
This medication was “Hartz ADVANCED CARE Brand Flea & Tick Drops Plus+”
I know my cat was very lucky. I just hope this doesn’t happen to any more pets, and this stuff is off the shelves ASAP.