Here is a photo that Marlo sent in of her cat, Gwenevere after having used Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick drops.
Here is a photo that Marlo sent in of her cat, Gwenevere after having used Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick drops.
As with the other stories stated, I, too, was unaware of the Hartz flea and tick horror. This evening I unassumingly applied Hartz Flea and tick prevntion drops to my cat, Cleo. Within seconds she started vomitting and foaming at the mouth. We immediately called our vet and were advised to wash her off w/ Dawn dish detergent. She seems better now but we’ll have to keep a watchful eye on her. We feel lucky to have had such a minor reaction compared to other stories. Words cannot describe how infuriated I am at Hartz and I will find out any other products that they make so I can boycott them!
After my indoor cat had mastered the art of popping out screens, I decided a flea treatment would be a good idea. Even though she was over 10 lbs., I didn’t feel comfortable using the dosage for that size. Opting for the dosage for cats 10 lbs. and under, I administered it per the directions. Imagine my surprise when my poor cat started to have difficulty walking, began to pant and drool, and couldn’t stand to be touched. When I called the emergency vet, she knew that it was Hartz before I even had the chance to tell her the brand!
After a night in the hospital, hooked up to a catheter and an IV, my little patient gets to come home today. While her battle may be over, Hartz’s is just beginning! I’ve filed the paperwork and will make sure that Target pulls the brand off it’s shelves and Hartz will be seeing my sizeable vet bill!
Tiger was my 4 month old kitten I had rescued at 4 weeks old, after having been abandoned. He was such a good kitten, and after noticing a couple of fleas, I figured I would try a hartz kitten flea collar. It said it was SAFE for kittens aged 12 weeks and older, and since he was 4 months old (16 weeks), I figured It wouldnt hurt. 12 hours after i put the flea collar on him, he was internally bleeding, and bleeding out the ears. I rushed him to the emergency vet clinic, where he stayed overnight, and had a seizure. I brought him home the next day, and took him to his normal vet. He was given Vitamin K and steroids to hopefully correct the bleeding and return him to a semi normal state. He was so anemic, he would barely move, and slept all day. The next day he seemed to get worse, and upon taking him back to the vet, there was little hope for him; he was suffering. After a hard decision, I decided to put him to sleep, because he didnt deserve to be in pain. He also didnt deserve to die from a flea collar. I hope Hartz gets the axe, because they arent going to get away scott free. If anyone has any ideas or stories similar, feel free to email or IM me. LOVE YOU TIGER. Always in my heart and never forgotten.
We applied Hartz Advantage to both our cats last night – completely unaware of the horrible experiences of others’ poor cats. When we woke up this morning, our cats were completely different beings. Our feisty, strong-willed older cat now cowers around the apartment, twitching his head and flattening his ears at the slightest noise. Our baby cat, who was timid to begin with, won’t come out from under the bed and is constantly shaking her head. Her ears havent un-flattened since I saw her when I woke up. Both cats can’t stop shaking their heads. I know this isn’t the case, but it’s like all the fleas crawled inside their ears. They have been bathed and now we sit and wait to see if their reactions improve. We don’t have the money to take them to the vet and can only do so if the situation becomes so dire. I cannot believe Hartz is able to get away with this. Were this a product for people (children – imagine!), they would already be out of business. For a company that focuses on our cherished pets, how can they be so cold, careless, and quietly self-protecting when it comes to handling this matter???? I honestly cannot believe this….and I can’t believe we have put our cats through this. We are partially to blame in that we should have researched this product before using it but, as so many others have had terror with this poison, it should have been taken off the shelves long ago. I cannot express how much we love our cats and if these reactions prove to be permanent, there will be HELL TO PAY!!! I would rather live with fleas MYSELF than watch my cats suffer like this for another day.
As most of you are aware there is a petition concerning this grave injustice being perpetrated by Hartz Mountain Company on the cat and dog loving consumers and their animals. The petition may be found at this URL http://www.petitiononline.com/hartz/petition.html
With what I and others view as a sell out of the main plaintiff in the class action suit to allow Hartz to settle out of court, (if you are willing to cave in for the price of the product and Vet fees
incurred). The wishes and hopes of so many to have Hartz Flea and Tick Drops removed from sale to the public has all but vanished from site.
There are those who will continue to do anything and everything possible to see that no more animals are injured or die as a result of the use of this product. The options we have are few in number. The petition is the best recourse we have left at this point At present it has 649 signatures.
We need more signatures to have this petition taking seriously by the EPA and The HSUS would also like to keep track of these cases. (For more about this see the end of this message)
If you have not signed it please do so. Tell your friends, family and co works about what you know this product has done. Ask them to sign the petition
I bet you haven’t seen any new news stories about Hartz have you? No, because there haven’t been any. We NEED one badly.
One that will mention the petition and give the URL to it. Ya all following me? I hope so. We need to keep this in the news, keep it fresh in the publics minds.
Anyone have any type of news contacts at all???
Has anyone’s cat or dog recently been a Hartz Victim? If so don’t be bashful, now is not the time. We need you. We need you to start making noise to your local news stations, TV, radio and news papers about what Hartz did to your beloved companion. We need you to sell the idea that the newsperson should mention the petition in the story.
If your game for doing this but not sure how or want help please just ask we are 100 % behind you. After all we all hate Hartz for what they did to our critters and that they intent to continue to hurt animals just so they don’t lose any possible money from the sale of this horrible product.
It all comes down to the animals and we know all to well what Hartz has and will continue to do to animals if they are not stopped. This maybe the last way we can stop Hartz. We need your help to stop Hartz. No one person is going to take down Hartz, but together I honestly think we can do it.
By the way if you think ,’The EPA won’t listen,”
well I think a 1000 or more signatures will make them listen. I think it may give them the added pressure to continue/reopen the investigation of Hartz and all the claims that have been filed since 2002 when they were doing the investigation.
They are not at all happy with the studies Hartz submitted to them on the product. They said they were inconclusive and did not meet the guidelines set down by the EPA for testing of these types of products. They told Hartz they wanted to see testing done by independent sources on the product.
Please do whatever you can to help in the fight against Hartz. Make noise, call or write letters to news stations, radio stations, newspapers.
Write your government officials ask them to bring pressure on the EPA over the tremendous numbers of complaints filed over the years about animals being seriously injured and/or dead after this product being applied by humans that do read and follow the instructions. make sure if you filed a complaint about the product that in the file it contains your words saying you read and followed the directions and you did not use a dog product on a cat.
If you don’t feel you got that across in the complaint you have already made. Get hold of who ever took the complaint. Demand that they open the file, add that to it and resubmit it with the addition. It is within your civil rights to do so.
That is very important, because that is what Hartz is leading the EPA to believe. That you were not intelligent enough to buy the correct product or follow the directions on the package.
Well, I think you are intelligent enough to have bought a cat product if you have a cat and a dog product if you have a dog and I think you did read and follow the directions. The fact that you are online reading this pretty much proves that you are capable of reading.
I and the innocent animals thank you for your help.
My contact info-
Info on HSUS –
* Please send your contact information, the product name, a brief description of the health problem, and a brief summary of your veterinarian’s findings to The HSUS at the following address: The Humane Society of the United States
Companion Animals Department: Flea Products
2100 L St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
I have no excuse except ignorance and for that ignorance, my babies health are in jeopardy. Our cats are our children. I have always thought that we were good parents but now we are kicking ourselves for hurting our children. We just didn’t know about any of the problems with Hartz Flea drops. We followed the directions on the package. My older cat (6yrs) began showing signs of sensitivity — rapid breathing, twitching, aggitation, wanting to hide under the covers, etc. We bathed him immediately. It seemed to help a little and I wasn’t really too concerned. That relief was short-lived. We ended up taking him in to the Emergency Vet’s office at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. After receiving an IV and a muscle relaxer, we were able to bring him home. The vet advised another bath in a ‘degreaser’ such as Dawn dishwater liquid. It’s now been 24 hours. He seems a little better, but is still having twitching. He wants to stay under the covers. He has been eating and drinking on his own — so we are hopeful. After reading others’ stories, I can’t believe this product is still on the market. No one would knowingly poison their beloved pets. We are praying that our baby survives. We are now going to do whatever we can possibly do to see that anyone with ears will listen to our story and do whatever we can to see that this product is taken off the market.
I purchased Hartz Plus for Cats on a Sunday evening and administered it to my 2 year old male cat, a 2001 Christmas present to my 11 year old daughter and her favorite Christmas present of all time. About an hour later “George” became very hyperactive and vocal. I didn’t think too much of this until it persisted in different forms over several hours. He developed a persistent twitch in his ears and could not calm down. He jumped up next to me several times seeking comfort and his sides were heaving in and out rapidly from a highly elevated respiration rate. As a retired army officer I recognized this as symptoms of exposure to a nerve agent. I grabbed the box and started searching the internet for “phenothrin”, which only yielded a sterile scientific description. When I combined the search for Hartz, reaction, poison, the search exploded with dozens of sites and tragic stories about adverse reaction by cats to this product. I followed the advice in one story and washed George’s neck and back with a mild soap and a small stream of water thoroughly. I don’t think he was able to sleep much for the next 24 hours but thankfully by Tuesday night he was resting and shows no long term effect of this extremely dangerous poison. Thank you to
all for posting your stories and creating the support and information structure. Please visit and sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/hartz/petition.html, and spread the word.
I have already sent my story to the world headquarters of the Army and Air
Force Exchange Service and requested that they remove it from their shelves.
Anyone from this site has permission to reprint or use any or all of my experience as written above.
Last weekend I discovered the dangers of using Advanced Care Flea & Tick Drops. Saturday night around 11:30, I used the drops on my three cats, Tigger, Phineas, and Ms. Puddy. They seemed fine so we went to bed. When we woke up Sunday morning around 10:00, Ms. Puddy was doing fine, Phineas had a red patch on his neck that he kept scratching, and Tigger wasn’t acting right at all. He was shaking real bad, blinking his eyes alot, and he was having trouble walking with his back legs. I immediately remembered the warning on the box and gave him and Phineas a bath with baby shampoo. After about 2 hours Tigger still wasn’t better, so I got on the internet to see if I could find any info about his reaction the the drops. The first site i came across was this one. The minute I read about the other cats that had died from this I rushed him to the vets office. Thank god I found this website when I did. If I hadn’t gotten Tigger to the vet when I did he could have died. The vet immediately recognized the symptoms and he gave him fluids to flush out his system. He kept him over night to see if he would need medication to calm his twitching and shaking, but after about an hour of fluids he was calming down. This was a prime example of how those drops affect different cats in different ways. Tigger came home the next day and still had trouble walking, but he is improving. Phineas got over his skin irritation. And Ms. Puddy is the only one in the house without fleas.
Hartz really needs to take this product off the shelves so that others don’t have to go through the heartache of losing one of their babies like I almost did and like many others have.
Today I buried My 6 year old cat Murphy.Murphy was such a fun loving cat, extremely healthy cat until I used Hartz flea and tick drops. Within a short amount of time Murphy got a far away look in her eyes, quit eating and couldn’t walk without weaving. Before I got her to the vet she couldnt move. She lived through the night but died the next day. I wish I had known about this before I bought that product. Is the few dollars that the Hartz company made worth the life of my sweet cat? My eyes hurt so much from crying and I am so angry.