MY CAT WOULD NOT LEAVE THE CLOSET…..

My cat Skylar is 7 years old and 14 pounds, she has never had fleas. We recently added a 7 week old baby kitten named Chicken Head to the family (my husband named her). When Chicken Head came home she also brought a family of fleas with her, which of course took up residence on Skylar as well. I went to Walmart looking for products to rid my babies of these nasty bugs. Thank God I read the box to see that Chicken Head (only 2 pounds) was too young/small for any of the Hartz flea and tick drops. The vet informed that they could have killed her had I used them on her. Luckily I bought a flea shampoo (made by another company) and we bathed her with no side effects. Skylar was another story. We put the Hartz Flea and Tick treatment that you put between the shoulder blades on her. That night she seemed okay, but the next morning I noticed that she was acting really weird. She would normally greet us at the door and want to sit with my husband and I on the couch when we watched TV. Although she was not very fond of Chicken Head, she was usually very interested in what the kitten was doing and would follow her from room to room to observe her. But now she just camped out in the closet and would not move. She did not get up to do anything. She laid there completely oblivious to what was going on around her. I actually had to force her to eat, because she would not even get up to do that. I had no idea what was going on, I thought she was just depressed about the kitten joining the family. This went on for about a day and a half before I called the vet. He told me to wash her immediately. Within hours she was alert and moving around. I know that Skylar’s reaction was a lot milder than what other cat owners have experienced. But if you are like me, you don’t want your pets to experience any discomfort or pain, so I wanted to share my story, so that others could recognize even the most minimal side effects of the Hartz products, and future kitties can be spared any discomfort! The vet told me that the toxicity level of Hartz was too high for most animals to tolerate. After a little research I found out that the primary ingredient in Hartz is phenothrin which is a chemical pesticide that has been banned for use as a lawn pesticide due to the toxicity level. I cannot believe that a product that is too toxic to be used on your lawn is being applied directly to the skin/fur of our pets. Hartz needs to be removed from the shelves. Lexington, KY

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