I inherited my aunt’s cat when she moved into assisted living. My aunt passed away a little while later. Candy had a bit of a flea problem. I think it got worse after she moved in with me. I had a prior infestation that came from a couple of dogs I kept for a friend about a year ago.
Anyway, I was reliving that headache all over again. I had to find something to control it. I have heard that the drops that are applied directly to the back of the animal are most effective. I don’t have a lot of money so I waited ’til I got paid and made a trip to Walmart to see what they had available. I didn’t even see Frontline, Advantage or any of those highly recommended names. I just saw Hartz.
I’d never heard there were any problems with the stuff. I got it, took it home and used it per instructions. A bit later, Candy wasn’t looking so good. She looked dirty on her back where the drops were applied an on her face where a lot of the fleas had migrated.
I tried to bathe her with some reluctance as my water heater was broken. She looked a little better but she was acting listless. Later she got where she could hardly move. I think I was in a bit of denial wondering if I should take her to the vet, wondering if I could afford to.
She became virtually paralyzed. I tried giving her water with a dropper. At the end, she began crying and going into seizures. Then she just went limp.
I guess she’s gone to be with her mama now but I wish it hadn’t happened this way. I second guess every choice I made from the time I took that stuff off the shelf until Candy was hanging limp in my hands. I just hope I can help someone avoid going through a similar experience with a Hartz product.