Several months ago, it became apparent that my cat was having a serious flea problem. She was not acting normal and seemed to have lost weight. I had always assumed fleas were just something you had to live with as a pet owner, and were nothing to worry about… until i did some research and saw how damaging a large flea infestation could be to a cat, especially a small one like mine. I panicked and rushed to the grocery store and picked up some Hartz flea drops and shampoo for cats off the shelf. I had read the labels and they didn’t seem too alarming (although in retrospect they really should have had huge red warning labels saying “DONT USE THIS PRODUCT IT WILL KILL YOUR CAT!”)
I went home and gave kitty a flea bath with the shampoo and then applied only a half of one drop of the Hartz drops, as fortunately, i was feeling a bit cautious. Within minutes i noticed my cat was acting abnormal; she jumped up onto the windowsill and watched the outside as she usually does, only, she was shivering intermittently. I knew that was not good, I immediately dismissed it as her simply being cold from the bath and went online to do some more research, when I came across this site. I saw the stories and immediately was reeling in horror when I realized what i had just done to my cat.
I packed her into her carry cage and rushed immediately to the vet where I demanded they fully wash off the crap I just put on her and get her checked out. They gave her a capstar to kill the fleas on her and 3 months supply of Frontline, saying whe would be OK but to use the Frontline instead, as it is safer. I am lucky to still have my cat and looking back I wish I hadn’t tried to be cheap and took kitty to the vet instead of going to the grocery store. I try to tell everyone i know that has a pet about this site and am so glad I found it. Thank you so much!