was the flea collar the problem?

Recently I had to take my cat to the vet because he stayed out overnight and when he came back I could tell something was very wrong. He wasn’t able to walk straight and barely able to stand up. I noticed that he could put pressure on one of his back legs but could still barely stand on it when I let him out the day before he was completely fine and usually he loves to play and if you try to scratch his belly he’s going to be clawing at you. When I brought him inside he immediately just laid down and allowed me to rub all over him with no response. He wasn’t shaking and didn’t seem out of breath. I took him to the vet and they told me the flea collar was the problem but I was surprised it could get that bad in the 12hours he was gone and he’s had the collar on for weeks. This happened yesterday and today he’s about 80% better just slightly off balance. I would really love some input from someone who has had side effects from the collars before I am more concerned that this may have been something that he had eaten or was bitten by since it happened so quickly.

2 thoughts on “was the flea collar the problem?”

  1. I put a hartz flea collar on our 11 year cat several days ago. Yesterday we noticed her starting to act weird. Today it was worse, scratching and licking all over but mainly around her neck. She is starting to just take off running like she was trying to run away from something and acting off balance. After reading about all of the hartz problems I just took the collar off. We’ll see if that is what it was.
    There was nothing wrong with her before, but this is bizarre to say the least!

  2. I have three dogs (9 years, 5 years, and 8 months old) and had five cats (one is four years old (Momma cat), three are (were) two years old (Momma cat’s babies), and one is four months old). Except for my kitten my cats are indoor/outdoor cats spending more time out in the warmer months because we live on almost 10 acres of land. I purchased Hartz flea collars for all of them on August 7th, 2013 and applied them all that night except for my kitten’s because I was taking her to get spayed and thought it would be best to leave hers off until after surgery. By Monday August 12th, 2013 my 5 year old dog and my two year old cats were acting a little bit clingy and one cat had vomited undigested food while out of my sight therefore not knowing which one did it but they all seemed to be eating like normal and overall acting normal. On Tuesday August 13th, 2013 I played, fed treats and loved on my cats like I did every morning. They were all still being clingy but two of my 2 year old cats were shaking their heads and digging in their ears so I thought maybe they had ear mites. I left to run errands and to pick up some ear mite medicine. While I was gone I called my daughter who was home and asked her to check on them. She said they all seemed fine but when I got home I found that one of my two year old cats had died on my front porch. It apparently happened as I was pulling up in my driveway but there was nothing I could do to save her. There was also undigested food in her mouth when I found her. I’m 100% convinced now that the Hartz flea collar killed her because the collars were the only change that was made!!!!!! I immediately removed the Hartz flea collars from my pets but they still aren’t quite right. My cat is deceased, my oldest dogs now have diarrhea, one cat is still shaking her head and another cat is now shaking her head too. I am devastated, hurt and extremely angry that thought I was helping my animals but in reality I was harming them by trusting Hartz. There has got to be something that can be done to shut Hartz’s doors so no other animal has to die!!!!! I will NEVER purchase another Hartz product again whether it be flea products, toys or anything else they make!!!!!!! I have cried since the second I found my baby Smokie and haven’t stopped yet. I lost a special member of my family because I chose a Hartz flea collar and that was one of the biggest mistakes I could have ever made.

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