I have just found this website as I was looking online for a place to contact the Hartz company to complain about an issue with their “Hartz Control Flea and Tick Collar”. I have 2 purebred Siamese cats that are completely spoiled in our home. They are sticktly indoor cats to take every precaution for their safety and to avoid any flea infestations, however recently we took a dog in to our home and both our cats were infested with fleas after.
Last Friday I purchased a Hartz Control collar from our new Walmart store that just opened two weeks ago. We came home and after bathing our cats, put the collars on them. The next day was fine, and then Sunday we came home and found puddles of foaming spit all over our furniture and floor. We could not figure out where this was coming from and both cats appeared to be fine so I cleaned the mess up. Then yesterday I came home from work to find more puddles of this foamy spit again. I cleaned it up again, inspected both cats who again appeared to be fine. I was very puzzled but continued on with my evening. I have seen several cats in the past with these collars on so I had never thought that possibly the collar was the reason for this.
Then later that evening, my elderly sealpoint came running down the stairs with foamy saliva coming out of his mouth. He was very distressed and panicked. I was petrified as well. I got a cool cloth and washed his mouth but the foam was developing as fast as I could wipe it away. I worried that he had possibly gotten rabies from the dog we had brought in. I took off his collar and called the vet at home. She asked if we had done anything different and when I told her about the collar she told me that he obviously had been being poisoned by the pesticides on the collar and that if we had caught it as quickly he very likely would have died. And because the collar is not to be too tight around their neck, (just loose enough to fit 2 fingers in between his neck and the collar) when he bathed himself, he was licking the pesticide on his fur, and possible licking the collar itself, thus causing the reaction.
Now we bought 2 different flea collars for our 2 cats. Both were made by Hartz, but one was the regular white one and the other was called the “control” one. This one called “control” has 2 different pesiticides in it and was obviously very dangerous.
I am completely appalled that these are on the market, especially now that I have read other people’s stories. It especially worries me since I have a 3 year old toddler in my home. If these collars have enough pesticides to potentially kill a feline, what are they doing to our children???
New Brunswick Canada