i just finished seeing the los angeles KCBS televison news station`s story regarding cats who become ill or even die after their owners apply the Hartz flea and tick topical oinment. NOW i know why my cat died last august. i used the product ONE TIME. he was sixteen and my vet simply told me he was old and i should have “peace in my heart”. my vet didn`t seem to think it was unusual when i told him that my cat went down hill so fast after being healthy. maybe if he had known to ask me if i had used Hartz on my cat then something could have been done OR he could have warned me against using it in the first place!!
i am angry as hell!!!!!
We had occasionally used flea preparations on our cats and had found them very safe and very effective. However, I had always purchased them through my vet (Advantage). One day, I was at Target and happened to see the Hartz product. It looked very similar to the Advantage and was much less expensive. I thought it would be worth a try to see if it worked as well as the Advantage. Being from Hartz, I assumed it would be just as safe. I checked the package to make sure I was purchasing the product for cats and not dogs.
That night, my daughter (22) applied this product (in the proper way, I might add) to the cat and then went to bed. Fortunately, she happened to get up unusually early that morning and looked for the cat. She finally found her under the bed. She looked very sick and was trembly. She came and got me and when I saw her, she could not walk. She was shaking and falling, and really just looked terrible. We immediately took her to the vet. He had to keep her overnight, on IV fluids and medications to stop the convulsions. He told me that this type of medication has done this very often to cats and to never use it again. He said that this condition often is fatal to cats and you have to keep them warm and control the seizures until the poison passes out of their body. This is a first generation of this flea medication and not the same as used by Advantage and other prescription flea medications. This was very frightening for us and our kitty! We would hope that this product is not sold so that there are no other unfortunate victims of this product.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Hartz killed my Tigger…
After using Hartz my cat Tigger lost 4 pound, was falling down
and stumbling, stopped eating and could not hold down any of his food. He became
so ill we had to put him to sleep July 21st, 2003 at Faithful Friend Pet Cemetery.
Kittles also became ill after use of this Flea and Tic problem, younger
and much bigger, he was able to overcome the symptoms. (vet bills back statement)
In the past 3 years I have seen several Hartz flea and tick product victims. It is always heart breaking to us when a client brings in their pet, who they lovingly tried to help by ridding them of fleas only to find they have done more harm than good. Most of our Hartz victim kitties make it, but sadly some do not.
My condolences to all of you that have lost your pets. I will spread the word about this product as I have for the past 3 years and perhaps one day the company will get the message and pull this horrid product off the shelves!
Someone has put a HartzVictims.org banner on their eBay
auction. That’s a great way to spread the word. If any of you are regular eBay sellers, feel free to post a
banner on your auction.
Please don’t link directly to a banner. You can right click and "Save
I used Hartz flea & tick on my cat for several months and over that course of time he constantly threw up and lost a lot of weight. Thank goodness I became aware of the Hartz product and immediately stopped. My cat did gain his weight back and has been healthy but it took a long time and I would hate to think what could have happened if I didn’t continue using it. I since started using the Front Line prescribed by the Vet and it works wonders!
I am sitting right now with my 13 year old cat Aster who is cleaning herself after being washed to remove Hartz Advance Flea and Tick Plus. She went to the vet today after experiencing severe shaking and twitches as a result of my dowsing her with this pesticide.
I feel stupid, and ashamed. I ignored the impulse that buying a chemical flea medication was wrong when I selected it at the store.
Aster seems like she’s going to be fine (I’ve got my fingers crossed). After reading other people’s reports, I realize how fortunate I am to be able to say that.
I am also upset.
It goes without my saying that this product has caused unnecessary heartache, and the loss of many very close friends. It also seems that Hartz is unwilling to admit wrongdoing, or to pull the product from production. This is absolutely unacceptable, and I like many of you intend to get pretty stubborn with them. I am fortunately able to decline their hush money – I want to see this product off the shelf.
As I mentioned I also feel guilty. Many of us have grown accustomed to trusting the chemical products in our stores be “safe” based on little more than the fact that they are available for sale. The fact that this cat killing pesticide is still being sold is a painful lesson – I need to be more dilligent about understanding the products I bring in to my life for my own safety and the safety of those in my care.
To any of you involved in an effort to get this product removed from the shelves, please contact me. I intend to undertake my own and will be happy to lend my time to as many of your efforts as I can. Let’s get this taken care of.
We purchased the Hartz Flea and Tick drops for our 9 month year old kitten, Caesar. He is a very active kitten and he runs the household. We used the drops last month and he had no adverse reactions. However, we applied the drops this month and initially he was fine, then it happened he went to full body tremors and shaking. We took him to the vet and spent over 300.00 to save our kitty. We were shocked when the vet said this is common problem from Hartz drops. We were also surprised that the reactions can vary from dose to dose, yet the package does not say that. Thankfully Caesar has recovered and has returned to his “King” status with no thanks to Hartz.
We just had a tv interview with an investigative reporter here in Knoxville TN. I am desperately seeking people who have used the Hartz Flea and Tick SPRAY on their cats. Maxx had a reaction to the spray and I am having trouble finding others who have used the spray.
Please send me an email if you have used the spray and your cat or dog had a reaction to it
This is so hard. In fact I don’t even think I can go into all the details right now. Bottom line I used the Hartz 2 in 1 Flea & Tick dip for cats or dogs on my cat Buffy right before she would have turned 5 years old. I had used this product on my other cat Sassy without any problems about 10 months ago. I followed the instructions word for word. We still can’t believe she died. I really don’t know how the people who work at Hartz can live with themselves. How do they sleep at night? I have to believe that one day they WILL pay for this. The point I want to get out (and I am so thankful for the people that started this site for the opportunity) is not to buy ANY Hartz products and also from my personal experience Hartz does NOT care. My beautiful black cat Buffy should have lived to be a very, very old cat that my little boy Trent got to know & love like the rest of our family. The night she died in my husbands arms Trent did not know what was going on but he knew we were upset. My husband said the other day that he will never get over being the one holding her when she passed. It is hard losing a pet to natural causes but knowing it’s something that could be avoided if a huge company like Hartz weren’t such greedy (deep breath) jerks. The last news I had from Hartz was that her pathology reports showed she had an enlarged heart; they found the out they wanted but I know and they know that is not why she died. My vet said that it was slim to none that was why. Buffy was just a case number to them but not to us.
If anyone reading this knows anything else I can do please feel free to contact me via email @ [email protected] and just put Hartz kills in the subject line and I won’t think it’s spam.