My 2 year old cat died today (july 4) after using Hartz UltraGuard Onespot for cats. I put it on him last week. I thought his lethargy and loss of appetite would pass. he stopped eating. Last night he started walking funny as if he was dizzy. when i came home he was asleep IN his cat box. today before i could get him to a vet he had a seizure and died in the middle of my livingroom in front of my 7 year old daughter. We are both heart broken and devesated. I feel immense guilt for putting this poison on him.. I thought his comdition was temporary and I wish i would have taken him to the vet right away last week. I was told that sometimes pets have a slight reaction to the chemicals but it can pass. I know not all animals will die from this product as some are more sensitive to the chemicals than others, but this is not a chance i will ever be willing to take again. I now know there are many ways to treat fleas other than putting pyrethrins on your cat. It is logical that if these chemicals are hazardous to humans they surely are for a pet as well. Why does it suddenly seem okay to put a dangerous chemical on your cat just because the package has a robust looking cat on the package? Sure these chemicals kill fleas (if they have not a resistance yet) but they will also kill your pet.
After reading letters and articles extensively accross the internet it is abundantly clear to me that Hartz’s main intrest is their bottom line, as many of their products have not been tested appropriately and are toxic or useless. I have noticed while shopping in the pet isles of many stores Hartz is the only brand available, amazing for such awful products. I will stress with much importance to everyone I know to avoid all Hartz products and I will pesonally boycott them.
I have noticed on the lable of the product it is not stated that Hartz UltraGuard Onespot is systemic, which means it will get into the blood stream and into the nervous system. For $4.99 I thought (silly, naive me) that it would be a simple topical oinment as some other kinds of flea medicines. I did wash him 3 times with Dawn dishsoap after I noticed he was acting unsusal an realized his condition was not mild enought to seem temporary. It also does not state anywhere on the package not to use the product more than one time a month which leaves me concerned that since the product doesn’t work, a person may be inclined to apply more. If one dose killed my cat in under a week think what pain and suffering two doses would cause a pet.