Cure for Hartz Milk Replacement formula


This is story of my kitten Fat Mike. He was healthy, playful kitten before Hartz milk replacement. His mother was too exhausted and underweight to continue nursing him and his sister. So at that point I needed to switch them to milk replacement. I chose Hartz milk replacement and needles to say that after a couple of days giving them this product both of my kittens felt ill. Mike felt very ill. Symptoms were very similar to those described by other reviewers. When I found him in the corner Mike was very disoriented, could not walk. He would try to crawl but instead would throw himself to the side, growling in pain. His pupils were very dilated and his tummy was almost a size of a tennis ball( he is 3-4 weeks old). His eyes would not move would not follow me, instead he would just stare. I’ve seen cats die before and he was defiantly on the same path. We grabed him and drove to 24 hour emergency as fast as we could. He would scream over every bump on the road, scream every time I would move him. That’s how bad his stomach ache was. When we brought him in he was not moving except trying to crawl when moved by the vet, crying in pain. He looked like his is not going to make it.

This is what vet did and I owe her the world for this:

1. She gave him medicine to throw up(and was surprised that Mike was the first pet they ever seen not to trow up on that stuff)

2. She gave him shot of Benedryl

3. She pumped his stomach with saline solution until all of that “milk’ came out.

4. Made him to go pee(using wet cotton ball)

Important: When we arrived at the vet. they had to put Mike in the incubator since his body temperature was dropping. It is crucial as soon as you see your kitten ill to keep him warm, may be wrap him in the blanket and keep him close to your body to give him warmth.

PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR KITTEN. Ask your doctor to do the same if your kitten ends up ill after having Hartz milk replacement. At one point on the way to the vet I thought that he was already gone. That’s how bad he looked at the time.

After Mike got his stomach pumped vet said that he literally came to life. End after they made him go pee  he felt even better.

This is how Hartz formula kills kittens. Hartz milk replacement has no milk products in it and is strictly whey based. It is also has outrageously high crude fat content of 40%   vs.  formula from the vet. that has no whey products at all, milk based and has crude fat content at 18%.

Real (cow) Milk has a laxative effect. It helps kittens digest formula and enables them to poop. Whey base Hartz formula on the other hand turns formula into this mass in kitten’s little belly and sends poor animal to a very painful death. Kittens are not able to poop that stuff out and it is slowly poisons them.

Of course whey is cheaper then milk so its not hard to see the reason behind Hartz decision on keep selling that poison( and not cheap at all).

There is no limits to Hartz cruelty and they need to be stopped. But before that keep your pets alive, ask your vet to do the same procedure as they did for Mike. We really dodged the bullet this time and as for Mike he is all better and busy bulling his sister around.

I wish you all the best and Good Luck.

18 Replies to “Cure for Hartz Milk Replacement formula”

  1. It is with a heavy heart–that I realize I killed my kitten by giving it Hartz formula. The kitten before was meowing, moving around, and was displaying healthy baby kitty behavior. I was giving it sugar water like the vet said and it was eating fine. I then thought it was a good idea to give it Hartz formula. Within a short amount of time, it was giving painful cries, convulsed, was getting cold, then grew still and gave his last breath, and it died within my arms. He was just a baby!!! I panicked, I didn’t understand what was happening. I tried to keep him warm, I didn’t know that the formula would kill him. He died in my arms as I cried and cried, giving him mouth to mouth and doing the best CPR I could on a small kitten. I cried so hard, I threw up and my husband had to take his lifeless body away from me as I went crazy over his sudden death. This happened so fast, we didn’t have time to find an emergency vet and take him there. After seeing this post, I called my local Kroger and demanded they pulled this product off the shelves! Hartz needs to be shut down!

  2. I’m so sorry to hear that. I was blaming myself as well and no matter how much vet was telling us that its not our fault I was still felling so guilty and helpless.
    I know that time if the only thing that will heal but I still want to tell you how sorry I am for what happened to you and your little one.
    It hurts but we are not helpless!!!
    We can prevent this from happening to others just by sharing. Share all the info you come across about this product with other, people at the store that about to buy Hartz product, blogs, animal shelter and vet clinics. You’ll be surprised how many vets are not aware of this.
    Word of mouth is very powerful tool. And every time your input saves a kitten it will be in the honor of your little one.
    My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  3. Hartz Milk Replacer does have milk.
    Ingredients: Skim Milk, Water, Calcium Caseinate, Refined Soybean Oil, Egg Yolks, Cellulose Gel, Dipotassium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Magnesium Sulfate, Cholecalciferol, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Zinc Sulfate, Carrageenan, Taurine, Ferric Orthophosphate, Alpha-Tocopherol, Niacin, Riboflavin, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, And Cyanocobalamin.

    KMR brand (usually used by rescues and professional breeders)
    Ingredients: Whey protein concentrate, casein, dried skimmed milk, vegetable oil, butter fat, corn syrup solids, egg yolk, monocalcium phosphate, lactose, L-arginine, lecithin, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, potassium phosphate monobasic, dicalcium phosphate, magnesium carbonate, taurine, potassium phosphate dibasic, magnesium sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, dipotassium phosphate, silico aluminate, niacin supplement, ascorbic acid, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, vitamin D3 supplement, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, folic acid, riboflavin, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, and mono and diglycerides.

    Most likely, the kittens die being fed this because: the bottles aren’t properly sterilized between each feed, fresh milk replacer isn’t mixed up fresh at each feeding, kitten is too cold when fed, etc.

  4. Hartz Milk replacement (with Taurine bar code # 3270098623 purchased in July 2010) contains NO milk
    Ingredients:Animal Fat and Vegetable Fat(Preserved with BHA and BHT), Dried Whey Protein Concentrate, Sodium Caseinate, Dried Whey Product, Lecithin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol(Source of Vitamin D3), a-Tocopherol Acetate, Ascorbic Acid(Source of Vitamin C), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Mono and Diglycerides of Vegetable Oil, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Artificial Flavor, Taurine.
    Crude Protein(minimum) 30%, Crude Fat (minimum) 40%

    VPL Nutrulall-C kitten balanced milk replacer (from the Vet)
    Ingredients: Nonfat Dry Milk, Corn Oil, Protein Isolate, Sodium Caseinate, Corn Syrup Solids, Maltodextrin, Calcium Carbonate, Carrageenan, Dried Milk Protein, Magnesium Phosphate, Chorine Chloride, Sodium Ascorbate, Potassium Bicarbonate, Dipotassium phosphate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Acetate, Mono-Diglycerides, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, L-Arginine, DL-Methionine, Cupric Sulfate, Calcium Panthothenate, L-Taurine, Manganese Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrocloride(Vitamin B6), Thiamine Hydrochloride, Wheat Starch, Riboflavin, Menadione, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Sodium Selenite, Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Cholecalciferol(Vitamin D3), BHT and Propyl Gallate(preservatives)
    Crude Protein(min) 33.5% Crude Fat(min) 18%

    Facts on WHEY(whey protein): “whey makes you dehydrated if you do not consume enough water as whey requires more water than most things to digest (more water in additional to what you mix it up with) and increase the work done by your liver, which increases your bodies need for water. Thus if you become dehydrated, one of the long term (after several days of dehydration) side effects is constipation. You may not even realize that you are dehydrated”.
    This info intended for a 180 lbs man I wounder what is strictly whey base Hartz milk replacement does to tiny kitten’s liver and kidneys.

    Sterilizing bottles got nothing to do with poisoning of Fat Mike. Him and his sister were old enough to drink out the bowl. The difference is that his sister is very picky when it comes to food and her intake of Hartz milk replacement was about a 1/4 of what Mike consumed.
    I thought my original story may be too long so I edited it and didn’t include all the details. Fat Mike end up at the vet twice in 24 hours.
    He had lots of Hartz milk replacement and felt ill. All the symptoms as in original story (he could not walk, pupils were very dilated, he would crawl and fall on his side growling in pain, his stomach was very swollen). When we got to the vet my only thought was that he overate and overeating is what he was treated for (medicine to throw up, shot of Benedryl, stomach cleaning). We left him at the vet for about 4 hours and when we returned he was as playful as he was before.
    “Ok” I thought to myself I’m going to limit what he eats since he “overate” and end up at the vet. I cut out almost all can food him and his sister was getting and had Mike mostly on Hartz milk replacement. I brought him home at 5am and was giving him “milk” throughout the day with one exception at noon when he had a little can food. At about 4pm that day his sister throw up white mass (milk replacement) and I thought may be she overate as well!!!??? In about an 1 1/2 hours I went to check on kittens and found Fat Mike feeling even worse then the day before. This time he looked like he had no chance of surviving at all. All the symptoms were the same.
    At that moment when I was cuddling him it all came together. Swollen stomach, inability to poop, his sister throwing up “milk”.
    At the vet there was a different doctor this time and vet didn’t really wanted to treat Fat Mike since he looked almost dead. I begged him to do the same procedure as a female doctor did (less then 24 ago) and he agreed to give it a try. They gave Fat Mike medicine to throw up and Mike thew up this time, they gave him shot of Benedryl. This time doctor decided not just clean his stomach but pump it with saline solution.
    Vet was shocked how that hopeless animal literally came to life after they pumped his stomach until all that milk replacement came out.
    Hartz Milk Replacement KILLS!!! And Fat Mike’s story is a proof.

  5. I have a new mother cat in the ICU of a local Veterinarian Hospital. She and her kittens were all drinking the Hartz Kitten Replacement as the mother did not have any milk. One of the kittens lost all its hair and the mother started to lose hers as well just before she began having Gran Mall Seizures last night. She is dying and the vet has no idea what to do. The kittens were changed to KMR formula 4 days ago and are getting healthier. I am horrified that I chose to give this formula to my pets. But Hartz is a well known brand and one I could trust, so I thought. Thank you for the post I have forwarded it to my vet in hopes it may save LOLA’s life.

  6. I appreciate the input on this product. It puts some recent events into a new light for me. I had 3 very small kittens wander up to my door a few months ago. They looked sick, no mom in sight, and their eyes were crusted shut. I cleaned them up, treated their eyes and used gourmet-style cat food processed in a blender to feed them (for lack of having formula on-hand). The store was out of kitten formula so I continued using moist cat food until I could get some. Eye infections persisted so the vet started them on antibiotics. I also added this Hartz Taurine formula in hopes to give them some extra kitten nutrients. The vet said it was fine and should help rebuild their antibodies. The combination seemed to weaken them and the eye infections would not go away. When I stopped the milk replacement, the antibiotics worked as they should within 2 days. After the antibiotics were finished, I gave them more milk replacement in the evenings before bed to use up the container. Within a week they were less active and became very VERY thirsty. They were drinking excessive amounts of water from every bowl they could find. Vets warned me against dehydration being symptoms of FIV at their age and I was worried about re-homing them. They were still eating mashed cat food and drinking water, which now…I think is the ONLY thing that saved them. When I discontinued the milk replacement, their thirst regulated in about 3 days and their overall health was much more active. They have never tested positive for anything but I worried they may still have a viral infection, so I decided to give them a permanent home with us. Now I am realizing their treatment was delayed because of this formula. At the time, I didn’t suspect it but they were considerably worse during the times they were drinking this milk replacement formula. I am lucky I stopped using it when I did and that it did not kill them while their bodies were stripped from antibiotics. Now they are about 4 months old and healthy, active, constant companions. But this is only half the reason I am here.

    The reason I just found this forum is because I have a new litter of babies given to me by the neighbor. They were very small and the mom abandoned them. I trusted the brand I used in the past…who wouldn’t? I gave them the same Hartz replacement formula. I noticed that all 5 got bloated bellies within 24 hours of using the formula. I assumed they just ate too much. Earlier this afternoon, all were active and playful. All 5 were fine and less than 6 hours later 3 are literally catatonic and struggling to hang on. I have NEVER seen a healthy animal go downhill so quickly. I have worked around exotic and domestic animals my entire life and I knew it had to be related to the formula in some way. Healthy animals don’t get this sick…this fast…in a pet-safe environment with fairly experienced people looking after them. I started looking it up because I expected a product recall or something. The symptoms described by everyone else is what I have seen in both sets of kittens (completely different cats and separated by several months). The recent litter is too young for solid food or water, so they have only been fed THIS product approximately 4-5 times before getting deathly ill. I checked the ingredients and I have the same type with the Taurine barcode. We were told to induce vomiting before bringing them in to the vet. I was afraid because they were so listless, but it did help the smallest one. She is up and walking around but her eyes are still heavily dilated. Since she can’t see she is stressed on top of feeling sick. I noticed all three had a firm ‘mass’ in the lower left area of their bellies (almost near the groin area about the size of a jelly bean). I am not a vet but I thought it was an odd coincidence. The vet said the other two will probably not make it through the night but we are hopeful. When we took them in, they both appeared ‘gone’ already. You had to really feel for a slight heart beat and labored breathing. I just hope they pull through but they are quite young and this is a lot for them to fight at this age.

    To say I am mad is an understatement. I’m convinced this product is not safe after seeing this in two litters. DO NOT feed this to your baby kittens. Spare yourself the heartbreak of watching them suffer or the guilt you feel later for having given it to them. The little scratches from playing this morning have barely healed on me and yet they are laying there struggling to survive tonight. This is NOT normal and this should NOT be happening. I only wish I would have seen this before tonight. No kitten deserves this from the ones they trust to provide for them.

  7. This site and ur stories saved my kittens life when I had nowhere else to turn…I had no idea what was wrong with my kitten

    I have been raising a kitten since it was about 2 or 3 weeks old….I bought Hartz replacement milk and began using it…..the kitten did well for about 2 or 3 weeks then began showing some very strange signs of illness… night after being without the milk for 2 days I finally had the cash to buy more and began feeding it again….that night it was throwing up and seemed to be in a coma-like state for about 5 hours,it could not blink its eyes or move a muscle it would just lie there and purr.After about 5 hours it seemed to snap out of it so I continued feeding it the formula.After awhile it began having strange symptoms once again just not as badly since I didnt feed it as much this time since I was trying to rule out diff things that could be causing this.This time my kitten was acting drunk,running into walls and barely able to keep its eyes open.I’ve done alot of research and come to the realization that this horrible product was the cause of my kittens illness and have swore off ever using this again.I am so lucky it didnt kill my baby!!! Please be careful.

  8. Thank you for sharing this information.

    I was looking for the ingredients to this product (which Hartz does not share on their own website).

    After reading this I will print out a few copies to go to the various pet stores I shop.

    I am sorry for all your losses.


  9. I have been hand raising kittens for four weeks, they were doing well. The store was out of our regular milk replacer so my husband bought hartz. I had no idea what was going on with the kittens until I read this, One of them the most active has hair falling out, the other two are weak and barely eating. All three had diarrhea, now seem to be constipated. I have just switched back but I am afraid it will be too late. I am not in a location with many vets, but I did call one that primarily does large animals, he had no suggestions other than to switch them back to the old formula. I have spent all this time caring for them successfully and now they may die!

  10. I raise and show Boxers. I was feeding Esbilac and ran out. Walmart had the hartz brand milk replacer so I switched to that. My puppies have been fat and happy on the esbilac. The first night my biggest puppy passed away on the hartz. Tonight I am losing my second puppy to seizures and gagging, diarrhea, as well as being totally unresponsive. We gave him some charcoal and benedryl, but he is not coming around. I will NEVER use any Hartz products again and I am reporting this to the better business bureau.

  11. I found two abandoned kittens when they were only a few weeks old, i started bottle feeding them with the KMR formula, but ran out before work yesterday, so i stopped at Walmart and found that they carried a hartz brand kitten replacement milk. I fed it to both my kittens (who are know at least 5-6 weeks old) and what i noticed a few hours later was horrifying, the littlest one was in a coma like state and couldn’t even walk, she is a little better now, i ran to the pet supermarket and got the KMR formula, the sweet boy (Simon)is not doing so well i hope he comes out of it.
    Is Hartz intentionally poisoning our pets.

  12. I have been using Hartz Kitten Replacement for many years.I have not experienced any illness or issues with the product.I do however find the KMR Replacement causes diarhea in small kittens so needs to be diluted.I rescue and raise over two hundred kittens every year,many kittens will experience digestive disorders within 7-10 days after rescue when their momma’s immunity starts to disappear.Due vigilence prevents them from “crashing” and they recover quickly.This has nothing to do with the type of replacement milk.

  13. I just turned 16 and a few days after my birthday found that my cat had a kitten. Anyway, my cat ran off probably to tend another litter hidden somewhere, so I took in her baby. He’s a happy and healthy boy, but last night we ran out of formula and I opened the hartz powder instead. The moment I fed him (forgot to add that he is 3 and a half weeks old) he started yelling aggressively and I could hear his insides rumbling. I mistaken it as gas and attempted to burp him, but it didn’t stop his cries or tummy rumbling until 3 hours later. Throughout the day I continued to feed him regularly, and being the youngest in the family I have free time so I am the one to take care of him… I noticed right away that something was off about him. He was quiet and restless and overall acting strange. Taking care of a kitten for the first time, and staying up until 7am after his first problem with hartz, I passed out for a few hours and allowed my mom to deal with him. I hadn’t realized that the liquid in his box wasn’t his pee but most likely him throwing up. He threw up on my sister and also threw up after I fed him at 4am. It’s been two hours and he’s still purring and whining. The moment my dad wakes up I’m buying new formula. Bless you all for the information on this god awful product. I’ll make sure nobody I know uses this disgusting brand. I’m sorry for all of your losses, and pray that my baby boy will get better. I cried for hours and hours after reading all the reviews and doing research. This company must be stopped. I didn’t expect the formula to be so and; I wasn’t aware that a company that sells poison would still be on shelves.

  14. I fed my 3 kittens that are between 4-5 weeks this milk. We had one kitten that was the runt and we thought it was just sick. I got up one morning and she was laying in the kitchen floor. I honestly thought she was dead. I yelled for my husband he came and got her and she was still alive. She couldn’t walk was super weak wouldn’t eat anything, wouldn’t follow my finger or anything which at this time I didn’t think anything about the milk I was feeding her. She did pass away. We then had another kitten last night get weak and really cold. So I did a little research and seen that a lot kittens has passed away due to this stuff. So last night I feed the kittens moist cat food pate watered way down and they loved it and they seem to be better this morning. I just wish I would have thought about this and saved the one kitten.

  15. I have a rescue kitten (was 2ish weeks old). He didnt have any teeth, and couldn’t eat. I went to Wal-Mart and bought Hartz kitten milk replacement. I bottle fed him this for a week. He appeared drunk and throwing up. I stopped giving it to him and bought KMR of a different brand. Well he’s a happy, healthy 4 week old. I was sure he was going to die after the Hartz. He just slept all the time, vomited and had severe diarrhea. My poor baby!! He’s better now, and even though he eats regular kibble now, I still gice him KMR once a day, plus wet food. This stuff is poison!

  16. what a bunch of hyped up morons the formula is not the problem seriously a little knowledge without the knowlage to understand the little knowledge + and mob mentality is a dangerous thing.. you all are out of your depth.

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