Victim Story

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!

4 Replies to “Victim Story”

  1. this is for steve, I lost my dog last year to Hartz flea and Tick and on the 12 of this month I am having my case heard by the judge and a jury of 6. Let me know your email address and I will inform you of the out come. My cost is just under the 5000 in small claims and I took it that away and ask for a trial by jury. hartz has an attorney from Houston that is their mouth piece. I am doing my best to take action. i look for months for a class action suit but found none so went on my on I lost an Olde English Bull Dogge that was just under 1 year and was to have been a stud. He had already became a champion of some kind as my daughter shows them. If you wish to call me at 512 266 2233 any time leave number if I am not at home. Frank Bowers

  2. To get rid of the fleas immediately, we put finely-ground salt all over our carpets, left it there for a few days, and then vacuumed it up. That is supposed to dehydrate the fleas, and they bleed to death from cutting themselves on the salt crystals. For monthly upkeep, we now use Advantage, which is more expensive than the stuff you can buy at a grocery store, but still much cheaper than a vet bill. All three of our cats seem much happier and healthier.

  3. I am a class action lawyer in the San Francisco area, investigating the toxicity of Hartz flea products and the possibility of filing a nationwide class action against the company. I am very sorry for your loss. Please contact me if you would like to talk about your experience and help us get these products off the market once and for all.

    Thanks very much.

    Jacqueline Mottek
    Positive Legal Group
    [email protected]
    415.302.5371 (cell)

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