i am SO glad i found your site BEFORE i ever used such a harmful product on my cats.
i just wanted to add a word of warning to be very careful of some of the hartz toys as well since i have run into a few that are poor quality. some quick examples:
1. their fishing pole – my cat managed to eat a couple of the feathers which tore out almost immediately while we were playing (and yes, when i saw them in his mouth i jumped up to get them out but he swallowed them before i could grab them) and the elastic which is so thin, another cat chewed through it in minutes and could have very easily swallowed that too or the tiny bead strung onto it had i not immediately thrown the toy in the trash.
2. the dizzy daisy – the “crinkly petals” of the flowers which are supposedly designed to entice the cat by the sound they make are apparently very tasty too. once again, into the trash it went.
3. the hartz catnip bubble bottle – the stuff inside had gone bad and when i dipped the wand in, it came out covered in what i can only describe as putrid slime. yep, trash.
i’ve been lucky that with my unfortunate naivete, my cats have managed to pass or vomit the bits they’ve eaten…
please people use common sense with animal toys and don’t make the same mistakes i have. i think dangerous animal toys should be banned too and regulated like children’s toys are. hartz may not be the only culprit here, but they dominate the shelves at my local grocery store and pet stores so i hold them at least partially responsible for the crap out there.