I Almost Murdered My Cat Cheeba

Last night my girlfriend asked me if it was alright to use a 2ml dose of Hartz Canada One Spot on her cat Cheeba. After inspecting the packaging and making sure the weight/dose was correct I said it seemed ok to use and she held the cat while I applied the One Spot. Afew hours later my girlfriend told me she thought the cat was acting weird by curling into her and she said shaking every so often. When I checked the cat for her I didn’t notice any shaking and figured he was cuddling although she said he normally doesn’t just come up and do that and she normally has to go get him to cuddle, but anyhow we came to the conclusion he was sucking up and maybe shaking because he was scarred he was going to get in trouble for urinating/spraying somewhere in the house because thats been a big problem with the cat recently. So anyways I went to bed to be awakened by a screaming/crying frantic girlfriend to come check out the cat and something was wrong, a little annoyed thinking she was over-reacting as usual I got up and come out to be horrified after seeing the cat trembling uncontrollably and I would say almost to the point of a seizure but he was still sort of standing but very very disoriented that when he was trying to get from the couch to the floor he flopped on his head but the symptom that had me the most worried was he kept opening his mouth real wide and closing it which made this horrible clicking noise as if his jaw was coming off track or something. I swear I thought the cat was going to keel over and die right there on the spot and with my girlfriend screaming even more hysterically after she seen my worried expression which in turn made our 18 mo. baby just as upset (the cat by the way is my babies best friend and she laughs her head off at that cat everyday but I was sure she didn’t understand the situation and was just reacting to mommy) so I told my girlfriend she wasn’t helping matters and totake the baby in the room try and calm down and I will help the cat. We are a very low income family so we knew a vet was out of the question (which I’m sure just made the GF more upset) so I put the cat in the center of the room with a blanket and went straight to the computer to research the Hartz One Spot product as I knew immediately that was the cause and found this site. After reading only a few posts my heart sank into the pit of my stomach for the fear of the family cat dying but I had also gotten some practical solutions to the problem. I had started to run a bath for the cat and gotten the dawn dish soap to help get rid of the oily product on him the problem was though our cat has never liked baths and I was scared in this condition it might make things worse and my fears were correct as i slowly, calmly placed the cat in the bath it started flailing but with its horrible coordination and spasms it just made things bad as it fell onto his back and just went stiff allowing his head to submerge in the only inch of water in the tub and at that moment I thought he had died. I quickly scooped him up instantly after he fell over and placed him on his stomach with a towel over him and started petting him to try and comfort him to let him know the whole bath ordeal in his current situation was over and he could calm down and to my suprise he wasn’t dead but I guess had momentarily went into shock. So after a good 15mins of comforting him on the floor of the bathroom I moved him back into the center of the living room and gotten a pot of very warm water and the dawn dish soap to try and remove this poison by slowly lathering him up and stroking the soap off with a wet cloth which went so much better than the attempted bath and I washed him off as best I could with this method. I had gotten my GF to buy some vitamin c as someones post said a vet recommended that but the cat wasn’t responsive enough at this point to eat or drink. I wrapped him in a towel and put him on the couch to dry and hopefully start recovering a bit so I had told my GF to go to bed and get some sleep because she was still just extremely upset seeing him shake uncontrollably and opening his jaw with the clicking noise so when she was leaving she told me if he dies to please make him a little coffin and remove his body outside for burial the next day so she wouldn’t wake up to see him dead which her instructions sort of went without saying as I was going to do that anyways. At that point we both were pretty convinced the cat was not going to make it through the night. Around 4-5 hours later of comforting the cat and watching his condition not improve much I had went for a smoke and said a few prayers for the cat when I came back inside i sat next to him and started to gently pet him and for the first time he actually looked up at me but still had all his previous conditions which included his pupils being black and huge to where you could see no white. A miracle had came for this family though and I truly believe it to have started when he looked up at me when i came back inside because every 30mins after that his condition just kept improving to where his uncontrolled shaking became slight jerks in his legs while laying, his eyes were almost returned to normal, and he was not opening his mouth anymore with that horribly clicking noise. The big thing besides the improvement to his symptoms that let me know he was going to be alright was the way he was responding to me comforting him such as pushing his head into my hand while petting him and raising his bum when getting pet on his behind. I was so happy he was going to make it and I wanted to wake my gf but I held myself back so she could have a huge suprise. When my GF woke up and started down the hall and saw the cat wasn’t in his towel next to me he face sank and she started to swell up with tears but as she continued into the living room she saw him up and walking around my feet and her reaction had totally changed…well sort of, instead of crying out of sadness she was crying because she was so happy and was saying “oh my god i can’t believe he’s alright I thought for sure when i went to bed he was going to die and when i came out here and saw his towel but no cat I thought he was a goner”. Her reaction and the cat himself being alright made staying up with him all those hours more than worth it. Now that my story is basically been told I would now like to move on with my conclusion which is my hatred for Hartz and companies just like it which sells poison for our pets with such disregard and makes a profit from killing our beloved pets. After my ordeal and reading tons of information on this situation I just can’t believe this has been going on for many many years and countless pets have died and it hasn’t really gotten the attention it deserves. The public needs to be aware of these products and the more than certain harm it will cause your pet but it also needs to be taken off the shelves and banned. I am appalled I paid a merchant of death my hard earned money to be sold poison to kill my families beloved pet/friend/family. These are not just our pets these are our friends, our family, our children and it is totally immoral for these companies to be selling us poison in turn killing our ‘friends/family/children’ and actually getting away with it scott-free. I was so upset when I had seen the symptom for myself as I felt I had personally murdered a member of my own family with my own hands once by telling my GF the product should be fine to use, twice by putting that poison on him, and third by brushing off the early warning signs that my GF pointed out. I am wounded deeply by the experience and god forbid if our feline family member had actually died I would have always lived with a sense of regret and pain for the whole ordeal. I am obviously one of many lives these companies have severely effected and I pray for everyone who has lost their pets/friends/family/children to these obvious evil, malicious, profiteering companies and I also pray they will get what is coming to them. I urge everyone to report these companies as I can’t believe they can actually sell these products and get away with it when in my country Canada I can’t even buy a flea bomb because they are toxic but I can go ahead and pick up a product which doesn’t properly make you aware your treating your pet with poison and will most certainly kill them. Anyways sorry for the long post I had a lot to get off my chest and I am truly sincere to everyone effected by these malicious companies.

2 thoughts on “I Almost Murdered My Cat Cheeba”

  1. Why aren’t they taking all of these products off of the shelves? I do not understand why the products are continued to be sold? I have never heard of this until today, and I am apalled. This is horrible and I am very sorry for the ordeal that you have went through along with all the other people I have read about. I am very sorry this happend. God Bless. ~ Apryl

  2. Thanks for your comment and I am happy to announce that Cheeba has seemed to have made a full recovery although it was a horrible ordeal for us all to go through. The people I really feel sorry for are those who had used these products and were not as lucky as my family and actually lost the life of their family member/pet/loved one and my heart truly goes out to them. Lets all boycott this product and write e-mails, make post, even phone calls to make these issues more aware before before another victim is claimed because one person can make a difference.


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