I’ve known about Hartz products for years, but was talking recently with a friend about my current cats. We got onto a discussion about how you just can’t make some cats wear collars! It reminded me of the Hartz collar that almost killed my first cat. The fiasco went as such:
I was 12, maybe 13, and my first cat had fleas. He was a sweet, affectionate cat, whom I loved dearly. My mother bought a Hartz flea collar, in some cute purple color, and we put it on my cat. Unlike many of the more recent stories, the effect wasn’t immediate. It took him about three to four days, over which time he grew increasingly lethargic. By the fourth or fifth day, he could barely walk straight. Now, just being a child, I didn’t make the connection. I don’t think anyone in the house really did, because my family had always used generic flea collars with no issue. What happened was at the end of the week, I was cradling my cat, whom I was sure was dying, in my arms. He had this vacant stare, and he was drooling, and had rapidly degenerated to this state over the course of a six to seven days. I remembered that he had been trying to pry the flea collar off of himself a few times (which I had attributed to his dislike of collars) and said to him, through my tears, “You’re going to die anyway, it won’t matter if we take this off. I know you hate it.” It was then that I took the collar off of him.
Within 24 hours, he could walk again, and within 48 hours he was drinking and eating normally. It was only my compassion that saved him. His sudden turn-around after the removal of the collar inspired me to look up Hartz online, and I found this or a similar website, even way back then. I’m not sure why I never submitted this story; perhaps just childhood shyness. I am 27 years old now. Hartz has been diseasing and killing our pets for at least a decade, and I’m still appalled every time I think about it. Just thought I’d drop my story in the bucket.
PS- That same cat only died last year; he lived to be 18 years old. There is hope for a long healthy life for your pet, it just may take some recovery.