A couple months ago I put a Hartz flea collar on my healthy, happy cat Sarah. The next morning she was bleeding out of her mouth – we found so much all around the house – it was so scary! But it slowed down by the time we woke up and so we decided to keep a close eye on her – maybe she had lost a tooth? She stays to herself mostly and we never heard any cries from her of discomfort but a week later we noticed the collar (which I had made extra loose so it wouldn’t come in contact with her skin directly) was stuck to her. Curious, I made her sit in my lap and lifted her chin up to see – it was just as big as I had left it, but it was stuck to her because it had made her completely bald on her chin and neck and sores has started up and the puss had dried to the collar! I, of course, immediately cut it off and started giving her rub downs with aloe and fish oil capsules in her food for an extra boost. She was looking better, but then started scratch again when I noticed she had more fleas. I asked around and my in-laws said that while their cat had the same reaction to the collar now they just use kitten drops and she’s fine. So I went and got Hartz drops (safe for cats and kittens it said). I didn’t even use the whole dose and here I am again this morning having to wash it off of her because she’s bleeding from the mouth again. Looking at what people have said I know this is due to the twitching the drops can cause and she has bitten her tongue!
I called the Hartz emergency line only to get a person who while she was nice and only doing her job, would not admit that the ingredients or product would ever do something like that to my cat. I’m hoping that I can get Sarah back to good health by babying her today and keeping her close – I can’t afford a vet bill. (But if I have to I will take her of course)
HARTZ products should be off the shelves – they’re horrible. I’m never buying another Hartz product as long as I live… my poor cat!!!