I was at the store, and decided to buy the Hartz UltraGuard Plus, as we were out of the Frontline. My cats, adopted 6 months ago from the Humane Society, are mostly garage and outside cats due to my allergies, so they get fleas and ticks if left untreated. I went home, treated both cats as directed on the packaging. Asia, who is a female calico, age 7-9, is about 10 pounds. Tigger, a male ginger tiger, age 1-2, is about 20 pounds.
Within a day or so, I noticed that Asia was not drinking or eating. They sleep in the garage in their puffy beds, and she was not leaving hers. I thought maybe it was the heat, even thought the garage is pretty mild. I took her some iced water and a special dish of food, but she was not interested. I left it there in case she was just suffering from the heat. It has been around 100 degrees all week in Kansas.
The next day, I noticed that Asia’s neck area looked funny. It looked clumpy and oily, and I could see through to some very white skin in patches. I got online right away to look at lethargy, no interest in grooming, etc. I also decided to look up the Hartz products since I did not think it was a coincidence. I found that they are VERY bad.
After bathing Asia, giving her a spot on the couch, and giving her extra love and attention as well as hand feeding and syringes of water, she seems to be a little better. She is still off balance, tired, weak, and all-around under the weather. I hope that keeping her inside and hand feeding her will help improve her even more.
I am appalled that Hartz is still selling these products. This is terrible.