I bought Hartz Flea and Tick collar yesterday and in a few short hours my cat began acting funny. She was wobbly and couldn’t walk or even open her eyes all the way. As I type this she is at the vets office on IV’s and we are waiting to see if the antidote works and she makes it. It appears that the collar has poisoned her. I am appalled that this company has been able to sell this product after reading all the post. I will never again use a flea or tick anything on my animals.
Summer of 2011, I was housesitting for my grandmother as she went on vacation when a bunch of raccoons invaded the neighborhood and chased off the cat who had been born in my grandmother’s garage and had since given birth to her own litter of four. Never saw Mama again, poor thing. When it became clear that Mama Fancy hadn’t been back to feed them in over a day, and after one of them, my beloved Everest ventured out of the box and crawled under the gap in the garage door to find me, the little troublemaker, I took them in and rang up my vet for help. They were not quite four weeks old at this point, so they still needed some milk, albeit very soon I would have to start mixing it in with kitten food. I started out with a powdered mixture I got from the pet store, a brand I don’t remember, but I took the only cannister they had so when that was gone I had to go to Walmart and buy the only other brand available in my small town, canned Hartz.
Now let me just be clear that despite being abandoned, all but one of them–Charlie–were perfectly healthy and thriving. Even the runt of the litter–Love, a little smokey grey thing and the only girl and who instantly stole my heart–was healthy and happy and playful and thriving. Charlie, black and white and named for his bowler hat and mustache, didn’t cope very well. He was always suckling from the others legs, always crying out, and very sickly. But the vets called it a failure to thrive and assured me it wasn’t contagious, so all I could do was look after him, hope for the best and brace myself for the worst. The other two, big and strong, orange and defiant Sisko and the aforementioned Everest (all black except for the white bikini on his tumtum–he was a climber, hence his name), were absolutely my least concern, strong and healthy and gaining weight fast and playful.
So despite being born outdoors, their health wasn’t that big a concern for the vet. They were given preventatives medicines like dewormers and vaccines and the like as precautions, but they were doing fine, and even Charlie was stabilizing despite his continue need to suckle on everything and everyone. They even took to soft food and litterboxing amazingly quick. Then came the time my powdered KMR ran out and I had to switch to Hartz.
It took less than a week for their health to plummet. It took less than a week to find Love dead in the cat condo I had bought for them not two days before, where they had snuggled in for the night and scampered out for breakfast in the morning, but only three of them. It took less than ten hours after finding sweet Love’s body for Sisko–big, strong, heavy, defiant, Sisko–eyes to glaze over, for him to reject any food and water offered him, for his little orange body to rigid, for him to start gasping for breath and there was nothing I could do because every vet’s office within the next four counties was closed for the night. I stayed with him all night until he took his last shuddering breath, and in the morning I rose from no sleep to find Charlie by the waterbowl, ignoring it, his eyes glazed. Strange, how Charlie was the sickest to begin with but the last to die. By then the vet was open and I rushed him and Everest there, but there was nothing they could do for Charlie except let him go gently. They didn’t know what it was at the time, though years later when I discovered what Hartz did to cats they had since learned as well and they agreed with me.
As they examined Everest and I cried my eyes out for the umpteenth time in two days, they discovered that he had lost a full pound of weight, a lot for such a tiny kitten. I was terrified he was going to get sick too, but other than the loss of weight and a bit of throwing up, he managed to avoid whatever Hartz had done to his littermates. Of course, as soon as my grandmother came home I immediately adopted him and took him home with me. How could I not? Unfortunately, he didn’t get out completely unscathed. It became apparent before he was even six months old that he had a neurological condition, feline hyperesthesia. He has many fits–some vets think it’s linked to epilepsy–wherein he fails to recognize his own tail and attacks it violently until he screams and hurts himself. He has multiple fits every single day and there’s no way to stop them as vets don’t really know what causes it or how to treat it. I don’t know if it was caused directly from Hartz or from the resulting trauma of losing his littermates to them, but I’m pinning this on them, as well.
Here are two pictures Everest and my older cat, Nerys. One when he was a few months old, and one taken a few months ago. Nerys is quite annoyed that he ended up bigger than her.
A few weeks ago I got a Hartz flea collar for one of my cats. It seemed to be working fine. Then a few days ago when I was carrying him I saw red in his fit where the collar was. I immediately took it off and checked. About an one inch section of his neck was raw. Now for the other cat. You may have noticed that I only bought the collar for 1 cat. The reason for that is in the past when I would get her a collar, she would act goofy and out of character. We thought it was a bad reaction to the flea medicine in general, now looking back I think it may have been some thing more. I’m taking my car to the vet tomorrow to get him checked out.
It was Canada Day weekend, up here in Ontario.
We were planning a small camping trip, but we heard about the ticks being bad this year where we were going.
In a pinch we use the Hartz Flea and Tick when we can’t make it to the vet to get our usual stuff.
We’ve used it in the past. So we thought it was trusted.
That really wasn’t the case.
About 12 hours after giving the dose to my 1 year old husky he started to act really ‘off’ I thought it was the long drive to the camp grounds and he was a little car sick. so i figured he would be fine if he slept it off.
The next morning he still seemed a little off, but we went for a walk. He wasn’t his normal self. Really Lethargic.
I let him be for a bit to get some sleep, but he wouldn’t eat or drink. So at that point i knew something was up!
I took him for another walk to get him moving about halfway in our walk he just had no energy to walk anymore. I picked him up and ran back to the campsite.
When i got back i turned my car on, cranked the A/C, and started calling vets in the area. I managed to get ahold of a emergency clinic about 20 minutes away, i rushed him to the clinic.
While i was in there talking to the vet about if he got into something or anything then it clicked in to me! The Flea and Tick ointment. I mentioned that to him, and he told me that wasn’t good, he immediately took him in the back for some examinations. Came back told me theres some neurological stuff going on from him being poisoned by the ointment.
They had immediately started with a decontamination bath then and IV to follow to hydrate him.
The vet came back, and told me he sees dogs and cats in the clinic all the time with this, and told me about the ointment. It turns out it’s a Pesticide. It’s also highly toxic to dogs, and cats.
Luka had to stay overnight, and he made a full recovery.
DO NOT USE HARTZ BRAND FOR ANYTHING. I stopped at petsmart for some stuff yesterday and picked up the Hartz flea drops for my two kittens. Immediately after applying both of them became extremely lethargic and twitchy. One of them lost control of her limb movement and began digging into my mattress and then collapsing off/on. I immediately called my vet, who urged me to wash it off and take them to the nearest vet hospital. There they told me they were both showing severe pre-seizure behavior and were high-risk and had to be treated (given meds and an IV to filter the Hartz out) and kept overnight. Thank god my babies are ok to come home today, but I don’t know what I would have done had it escalated and I wasn’t paying attention. Hartz is poison and I am so beyond angry that it is still on trusted shelves, and that when I asked an employee at the pet store about it they were uneducated. I am a 21 year old student and now because of this company my kittens are sick and I’m thousands of dollars in debt to the vet.
I have used the Hartz flea drops before with no problems on my 15 year old cat. I applied it this past june 30 2016. Next day she was vomting blood. Took her to the vet. She is still there on IV’s, Vet giving her laser for the neurological damaged she suffered because of the poisoning. My heart is just broken because of this. Why is this product still on the market???
My cat has a severe chemical burn from a hartz flea collar. Vet gave me a topical treatment. I am very worked up and heartbroken to read that so many people have lost their pets while this company continues to turn a profit. How has this gone on for so many years? I’m scared of losing my cat.
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I bought this for my cat who had fleas. It took the hair off of her back and made her sick. It also did not kill any fleas. So disappointed in this product.
My cat is having a serious allergy to fleas. I’ve only seen 1 on her but her whole body is covered in scabs and she is biting herself constantly. I picked this stuff up and was getting ready to put it on her. Thank GOD I decided to check this “sergeants silver” stuff out online first. With the skin irritation problems she has already, this stuff may have killed her.
I used Hartz Flea and Tick Spray on my healthy happy 9 month cat two days ago,
I followed the instructions to a tee..
The next morning my cat was hiding and not touching her water or food (which is not like her)
It is now day two and she hasn’t moved from the chair I put her in, still hasn’t touched her water or food and is using the bathroom on herself (bloody diarrhea).
I live in a small little town and the vet only comes on Tuesday.. the nearest open vet is almost a 5 hour drive and I don’t drive.
I’ve washed her with Dawn soap and have been forcing fluids with a medicine Doppler but I don’t know what else to do.. any suggestions? my young children are so upset about their kitty.
I will get here to the vet first thing Tuesday morning, Hoping she lives that long.