Hartz Cat flea drops – NOT SAFE

My situation is similar to Cassandra’s Story (Nov 2, 2008); but fortunately, not quite as severe….
About 2 weeks ago, I discovered my indoor cat had fleas, so being the weekend, I stopped at the drug store, the vet’s office was closed.
The only brand in the store was Hartz, so after reading the label, decided to purchase it to deal with the situation.

The warning on the label states “For External Use on Cats Only. Do not use on kittens less than 12 weeks old”

That warning label led me to falsely believe it was safe for my cat…
My 8 year old, 13 pound healthy female cat “Furby” did not fall into the Hartz (or EPA) “do not use” category.
After applying the drops at the back of the nap(per label instructions), Furby lost her appetite and continuously scratched and licked herself. I attributed this behavior as the result of having fleas….WRONG…she was poisoned by the flea and tick drops!
She lost alot of her long hair and “looked bad”. On Monday evening (November 3), I noticed her twitching; and Tuesday, concerned about her declining condition, my husband called the vet. We were fortunate to get an appointment within 2 hours and brought a tube of medicine with us.

Our vet’s exact words were: “I’m surprise it’s (Hartz) still on the market. I have been expecting for several years now that this product would be off the market”. He mentioned he has seen several cats come into his office in convulsions after using this product!

After finding the website HartzVictims.org, I was shocked, angered and alarmed at the number of reports.
My question to Hartz Management: How can you sleep at night?? You obviously KNOW your products have an adverse reaction to a great number of animals. There’s an unacceptable level of bad reports regarding the chemicals in your products vs. competitor’s products on the market. I will NEVER buy another Hartz product for any of my pets and will make sure all family and friends don’t buy Hartz either.

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  1. I am so very sorry that this happened to you. I was scanning the internet about this very thing and just happened upon your sad tale. I am a rescuer of sorts…, and try to stretch my money as far as I can because I am a single, unsponsored and hard working woman who just tries to do right by the feral and stray cats that I find and that happen to come to me. I am the kind of person who will be driving down the road, see a dead cat that has been run down and left to rot in the sun like it’s trash, pull over and wrap him/her up, take them home and give them a proper burial. My backyard is a pet cemetery but I’m proud that I have a back yard to put them and am able to give them a little peace. Anyways, I have a total 15 outside cats, 6 indoor and 2 feral colonies that I feed so I have to be very careful w my budget so that I may help them all. It is Spring time and w that comes pollen, humidity and FLEAS!! I hate the latter and so do my precious babies. Hartz is the more inexpensive brand and I would be able to buy doses for all of them if it was safe to use because of the cost being within my means. However, after reading your story ( and a few others on the same topic about Hartz ) I have decided against it. I don’t know what I’m going to do now about treating them but one thing I do know is that you may have just saved my cats from a lot of suffering and unnecessary sickness…, and for that I owe you everything. I love these cats more than I could ever describe, they need me and, in a lot of ways, I need them. Thank you so very much for making my decision for me. Hartz should be banned from selling this product and I hope in the future that comes to fruition, maybe the horrors that befell your sweet kitty can save countless others from sharing the same fate and some good can come from her/his suffering. I will try to figure something else out to help my cats w their fleas, even doing nothing would be better than using this stuff. Thank you so much for saving my cats and their kittens. I hope your kitty is doing well and has a long, full and healthy life…

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