I have always had cats, ever since I was very little, and I never had a flea problem until this past summer. After losing my job, my husband and I didn’t have very much money each month, so instead of getting flea medication from our vet, we decided to try Hartz. We have three cats, one of whom is 8 years old, and shortly after starting this new treatment, all three of them started acting strangely. Our oldest especially was acting very lethargic, and we thought it was the heat until the weather cooled down and they continued to act strangely. My 2-year-old cat, normally very energetic and friendly, started doing nothing more than begging for water constantly, and all three of the cats stopped sleeping in the bed with us. Two of them started throwing up food and clear liquid at least once a day and I became very concerned.
I talked to a vet, who adamantly warned us against using Hartz. I panicked and immediately threw away all of that flea medication, vowing never to buy it again. I started doing research online and that is how I found this website. I am so thankful that all three of our cats seem to have survived without permanent damage. After we stopped using Hartz (and all other store brands), our cats are back to their loving selves, and they’ve started sleeping on the bed with us again. Also, they have not thrown up a single time! We still have very limited money, but we are hoping that we can find a way to afford a vet-recommended solution. I would rather not eat for a week than have anything happen to my babies, and I’m so very thankful that I found out about the poisons in that medication before something awful happened!