I am absolutely LIVID! Last week we discovered our Maine Coon had fleas. My husband went to PetSmart and asked what flea product they recommended. He brought home Hartz Advanced Care Flea & Tick DROPS Plus+ 4 in 1 for cats 10 lbs. or less. Two hours after he applied it to our cat’s neck, she disappeared. We couldn’t find her anywhere in the house. After turning everything upside down and moving furniture, we found her behind the dresser in the bedroom wild-eyed, twitching, with her mouth wide open. Her hair was standing on end and she flew out from behind the dresser and started zipping & darting throughout the house. My husband eventually caught her and took her to the vet. I called Hartz & was asked immediately if we had applied the product in the right area on the cat. Obviously they must think calls inquiring about their product makes US appear ignorant. The woman was quite rude and told me to have the vet write Hartz a letter stating whether or not it was their product or SOME OTHER unknown irritant. She then asked me to read the package UPC & product numbers. I asked her if this was customary behavior after their product application. She told me in a very abrupt tone, “I have no idea how it is affecting your cat. I can only respond to what you are telling me about YOUR cat.” Talk about pitiful customer service! We left the cat at the vet for 24 hours observation & a bath. She was treated with Robaxin. Two days later she came home & started hiding again. She has lost weight, will not eat, runs through the room and won’t come when called as customary. Early this morning she jumped on our bed and started scratching wildly which shook the bed. I went to throw the covers off to attend to her and she hissed at me and started shaking her head. I felt something wet hit my face and jumped up to try to hold her. She ran down the hall and as my husband tuned on the lamp, he noticed bood spatters all over my gown and face. She had been tearing out her fur. We found tufts all over the carpet. We waited 3 hours for the vet to open and took her in. The vet said she did not know why the store (PetSmart) continued to sell this product. Our cat is on an IV antibiotic for 48 hours. Now, I am ready to take on Hartz, PetSmart and any other entity that continues to sell this death-by-chemical product. Would you believe some clown at PetSmart recommended the product Zodiac Multi-Purpose Home & Insect Spray, which has the same ingredients as the aforementioned Hartz product. Are they that stupid? Do they really NOT know what they are selling? Or do they just not care? I am appalled that Hartz and/or PetSmart claims no responsibility or even the slightest bit of concern over these horrific stories of what their product(s) are doing to pet lovers throughout the world. If she survives this ordeal, we will be taking her to a new cats-only facility that has just opened in our city. I called them today & they were nice enough to fax me info about the Hartz products & lawsuits. My eyes have been SO opened.
Last night I applied, as directed, Hartz advanced flea and tick care. Today, I am worrying about the life my cat will live in the future. My Manx cat was the home for a few fleas, so I applied this product to my 3 year old cat. This morning at 6:00 AM I woke up to my cat having seizures, disorientation,
twitching, etc. After 5 minutes the seizure began to lessen, she was unable to walk for a few minutes, and then when she finally was able to stand up, she walks with a distinct problem with her right side, and head twitching and tremors. We took her to the vet immediately, on the way she suffered two more seizures. Fortunately, but also sadly, the vet knew exactly what had happened. They began treatment right away. She is now at the vet’s, with IV’s, being given sedatives, anti-seizure medication, and is still having seizures and is twitching. We can’t bring her home today, and will have to wait and see about tomorrow. I tried to kill a few fleas, and have destroyed my cat. All of the stories I have read do not give me much hope for a full recovery, maybe Smokey can be the miracle.
I refuse to even buy a Hartz toy from these people,
and will be on a rampage to whomever will listen.
I do not know what will be in store for Smokey, however, we will care for her and love her. Do not let this happen to your animal.
My sons cat, DugOut, had to be put to sleep Monday. We used “Hartz Advanced Care Flea & Tick Drops Plus +” last week, he had some twitching but we assumed it was the fleas bothering him, not the chemicals. By Sunday he stopped eating, all he would do was sleep. We would carry him to his water bowl and he would drink, but, immediatly stumble into his litter box to relieve himself. We ran him to the vet’s first thing Monday morning, he had blood in his saliva, he had gone into complete renal failure, his body temerature had dropped below normal and the Vet said there was little that they could do to improve his life. The vet agreed with me that the best thing to do was to put him to sleep.
I wasn’t even aware of the Hartz problems until I started looking for it specifically on the web. I followed directions for use on the package, applied it at the base of Dugout’s head. Obviously the EPA forced repackaging has not made this product safer.
I will never buy another Hartz product.
My name is Jennifer Newsome and I have four cats: Bailey (17), Shadow (9), Arjuna (4) and Moe (3). I purchased some Advantage online to try and save a little money, but it was going to take 7-10 days for it to arrive. My cats were suffering from fleas in the meantime. I just so happen to be in a pet store when I saw the Hartz Advanced Flea and Tick drops. My first thought was at the very least it simply wont work, I mean the last thing you would ever think-or should ever think- is that this product could kill my animals. But I wanted a little something temporarily. I applied the product as instructed to all four, only putting a drop or two on my oldest. Within 12 hours all four began to show symptoms of varying degrees: shaking, ear twitching, head bobbing, paw sahking, disorientation, stumbling, and then slight convulsions. At the early stages (head shaking, ear twitching) my husband and I thought it was from the discomfort of the fleas and the medicine didn’t work. But then the more serious symptoms began and I went online to do some research. When searching for Hartz numerous hits came up, including your website…my heart sank. I immediately bathed all four and I began to realize that I may have just killed all four of my babies at once. I wish there were acurate words to describe that kind of fear, guilt, pain but they don’t exist. We decided to take one of my cats, Moe, who was having the worst symptoms to the emergency clinic that was an hour away. Of coarse they determined it was the flea product that had poisoned him and gave him fluids and valium to control the convulsions. I was sent home with 3 days worth of muscle relaxors for the rest of my kitties and we monitored them overnight. Moe and Arjuna were taken to my vet the next morning and they checked out OK….not real sure how much real damage had been done, but they are alive and I am one thankful mom. I am one of the lucky ones.
So now I am on the crusade that many of you are on and i have contacted the EPA, Hartz (who’s response was the most ridiclous part), PetSmart (as of this morning I have gotten them to take it off their shelves without Hartz permission-small victory), the Atlanta Journal, Channel 2 Action News Consumer reports (who is investigating and hopefully do a stroy on the evening news) and the lawyers to join in the class action law suit. Not to mention the flyers I have placed all over my little town.
Beyond the financial vet bills, the emotional trauma my husband and I experienced was overwhelming. The fact that they knowingly produce this poison that can and has killed is mind boggling. My conversations with them have been less than civil, and they actually had the nerve to ask me if I used it properly, at which point I said, “ASK ME THAT QUESTION AGAIN!”. Not quite the point lady…and for her to tell me it effects different cats differently pushed me over the edge….It isn’t like I had some random sampling, it nearly killed all 4 cats from one house….even if it made one cat sick that is
one too many. The ironic part is that it didn’t even work, my cats still have fleas…I suppose it is easier for Hartz to kill cats than fleas.
This website has been so helpful, supportive and inspirational. I thank you all and God Bless you all. Lets do all we can to stop any more pets, and owners from suffering. Thank you Jennifer
I have two cats at my dad’s. We always use Advantage wich is perfectly safe. But this time we noticed the cats had flea’s and ran to the store to get medication. But this time we got the dreaded Hartz flea drops. After a week and 2 times of applying it we still saw fleas everywhere. So we realized that the Hartz medication obviously doesn’t work at all. So today we went up to the Petco and went to get the usual Advantage. But we also wanted to get flea bombs. They have a vet in the store that’s not associated with Petco and asked about what kind of flea bombs to get and about why Hartz doesn’t work. The vet said that the medication gets into the bloodstream and has harmed and killed many cats. When we heard this we were furious! We had no idea. So then she says that the signs of it are the cats might shake or act sensitive or scared. Well are cats did this for about three days scattered throughout the week. So we went back to the house– flea sprayed and bombed it and took the cats to a petcare center down the street and said they could get rid of the fleas and checked our cats and said luckily we stopped using the Hartz in time but many people haven’t been so lucky. So this is what I’m doing to help out. I’m gonna post and hand out signs everywhere —- giving facts about Hartz—- what it does to animals—– why we should stop this product from being produced—- and the adress of this website.
Last summer I bought some Hartz flea products to treat my cat with because I didn’t have the money to buy Advantage.
A few days after I treated my cat I noticed that the fur had fallen out where I had applied the product. Otherwise he was acting normal, and so I gave him the next dose the following month. Again his fur fell out, but this time he also started to have seizures.
I took him to the vet and they said that all they could do was have us watch him for more seizures, and that we should wash all the flea product off of him. He continued to have seizures which got progressivly worse.
We finally took him to another vet becuase our original vet kept saying to watch him instead of treating him. The second vet ran blood work to rule out a specfic ailment, and put him on Phenobarbital. Of course the bloodwork all came back perfectly normal, and now my cat is on anti-seizure medicine for anywhere from six months to the rest of his life.
All because I tried to save $30.
On February 24, after a long day at work, I got home and found my Maine Coon and German Shorthair had fleas. Mistakenly I had grabbed the wrong flea stop(Hartz One Stop) instead of a safe presription Advantage and put it on my cat. By the next morning she was disoriented, twitching, and shaking. I came home from work, and immediatly gave her a bath, and called the Vet. I was told to bring her in immediatly and she was put on IV medication, and given medication to calm down the shaking. I picked her up 6 hours later. Today she is still twitching, has trouble with balance, and is clearing not feeling well. I found this website, and got the number to call Hartz about what long term effects this would cause my cat. I was transfered to customer relations, put on hold, and told they have no information on any long term effects. When I requested to speak to someone more knowledgable, she hung up on me. That’s their customer service. I feel terrible what I have done to my cat, and believe this product should be taken off the market.
I put Hartz flea drops on my 2 cats on 2-21-03, the next day at 2pm my cat Bingo started having convolusions. I was trying to hold him and talk to him while he was having it. Once it stoped after 20 minutes he was still shaking and having body tremors. I rushed him to the vets after they talked to me they asked me if he was on any meds. I told them I had used Hartz flea drops on him last night. The gave him so shots to try to stop the shaking and then washed he really well he was still have body tremors. They kept him. Then I come home an hour later my other cat was sitting on my bed shaking really bad so I rushed her to the vet. They both had to stay 24 hours and they are now home and on muscle relaxers the one cat is still having lots of body tremors. They both can’t seem to keep their blance. The vet is not sure if the one cat is going to make it and she thinks they will both have permanent damage. Its so sad, I feel awful I would have never used this stuff on my cats if I would have known It could kill them and it has already killed many. It should be taken off the market.
I purchased Hartz plus cat and kitten flea and tick drops (sensitive) (under 10 lbs) for my 1 yr old cat at Winn Dixie on 2533 Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, Florida. (850) 234-1200. Ingredients Phenothrin (batch 26002-08-2) 85.7% and Methoprene (65733-16-6) 2.9% The first time I used it I noticed the cat react bizarre after I applied it behind his neck. Scratching and licking as much off as he could. That was approximately 2 months ago. Last night 2/9/03….I put the second dose on him. Immediately the same reaction and then he ran outside. When he returned 4 hours later, he was severly shaking (all muscles) and not able to properly walk. His eyes were dialated. I looked at the hartz box and there was no warnings about reactions. I looked on the web at Hartz.com and said this:
“Q: How can I determine if my pet is having a reaction to a pesticide?
A: When used correctly, it is unlikely there will be any side effects to your animal. HOWEVER, sensitivities may occur after using ANY pesticide product for pets. If signs of sensitivity occur, immediately bathe your pet with a mild non-pesticide soap and rinse with large amounts of water. If signs continue, consult a veterinarian. If your veterinarian has any questions, he/she may contact the Hartz? Control Pet Care System? hotline directly at 1-800-275-1414.”
I immediately called them. They were closed. SO I bathed my cat with regular shampoo for humans and then dried him with a towel and prayed he would be better in the morning since I couldn’t afford after hours vet care. I did give him a tiny bit of benedryl in case he was having an allergic reaction to it. This caused vomiting and foaming at the mouth. He wouldn’t eat or drink.
He remained this way all evening, and was better this morning. Although he is still having slight rear walking problems. I called Hartz this morning and they acted so surprised I had a problem with this product and instructed me to send it back to them and they would reimburse me for it. After reading many weblinks about it, this product should be pulled off the shelves!!! I then emailed the EPA link on your website and also emailed my story to HARTZ. We’ll see what the reaction is!
This in from Tom today:
Sender’s Name: Tom Sherck
Message: Looks Like Peta is after hartz too. See below:
Will Hartz Poison Cats and Kittens?
Last year, the Hartz Mountain Corporation?the huge pet-product conglomerate?reached
an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding
pesticides used in its flea and tick products for cats and kittens: Hartz would
institute a ?label improvement and consumer education program? because of thousands
of reports of harmful effects from two of its products.
Of great concern to PETA was that the EPA news release on this agreement also stated
that it was requiring Hartz ?to submit an additional animal safety study conducted
by an independent laboratory.? We knew that Hartz might deliberately poison yet more
animals in laboratories to further test these pesticides in order to keep its
products on the market. So PETA wrote to Hartz President and CEO Bob Devine on
December 10, 2002, requesting additional information on the EPA-required toxicity
testing and even offered to help devise a non-animal test strategy. Click here to
see PETA?s letter.
Despite numerous follow-up phone calls, PETA has yet to receive any acknowledgment
or response to our letter and concerns. Please contact the president of Hartz
Mountain Corporation and let him know that you refuse to buy his company?s products
until this issue is resolved and Hartz commits to non-animal methods to measure the
toxicity of the flea and tick products involved in this controversy. There is no
excuse for further animal tests. If Hartz tells you that the EPA is requiring
additional animal tests, tell Hartz to ?just say no.? Please write to:
Mr. Bob Devine, President and CEO
Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Dr.
Secaucus, NJ 07094