The fleas this year in my area have been really bad. They hit long before they usually do and we where unprepared. Money’s been tight of late so we haven’t been getting the vet drops till they where needed.
While waiting on the drops to get in after ordering them online, we thought we’d try reliving our cats flea agony by some flea powder.
All walmart had was Hartz. We live in a small town and didn’t think to take the 40 min drive to the nearest petsmart to get a different brand. So that’s what we grabbed.
We put it on them on the 9th of June.
On Sunday we lost the first one, Mable. At the time we had no idea it might have been the powder. We thought she had gotten a spider bight or just, got sick suddenly. The fleas had hit her the hardest and she was, we believe, anemic.
It happened Suddenly, we had no time to take her to a vet. We didn’t notice any signs before hand with her as she had always been a loner kitty and liked to hide.
Tuesday night we heard one of our other cats, Tempi, behind the wall. He had crawled into a hole in the fireplace we had previously plugged up. He hadn’t been in the wall for more then a day as our housemate had seen him the night before.
He did not look well, lethargic not eating, not moving, and yowling badly every so often . We sat up with him planning to take him to a vets in the morning as there is not an emergency vet in our town.
He didn’t last the night. As he died the exact same way Mable did we knew it was something bad. We talked to the vets that day and they told us it was the flea meds.
The remaining four have been bathed to remove all trace of the powder, their sleeping area’s vacuumed and now all we can do is watch them and hope. Right now all of them are acting happier then even before we put the powered on them.
My heart can’t take loosing any more. It’s broken enough as it is over Mable and Tempi.
I had no idea Hartz was bad. We used it all the time when I was growing up. I am trying so hard to not blame myself for their deaths.