My cat is almost 16 years old now, still with the life of a 4 year old. She had fleas, so after about a month without the flea medicine from frontline, i bought her a flea collar because we had just had the house exterminated for fleas, to make sure they didnt come back for a while. (to stop having to pay for frontline). I buy a flea collar to keep remaining flea eggs from hatching and living on the cat, to reduce the risk of it happening again, and trying to save my mom money… BIG MISTAKE.
The flea collar only a couple weeks in made my cats neck raw on one side, covered in a giant scab about and inch in length and 3/4 of one in width. She also has a few other scabs around her neck area, but at first I thought it was from a fight with a cat that jumped over our fence and happened to land on my cat.
I looked up pictures of the side effects from the flea collar, and it looks like thats what could have happened if i let it stay on there for a few months like it said on the package. That’s disgusting. what if my cat of FIFTEEN AND A HALF YEARS since I was 3 died because she was poisoned by something that I THOUGHT was going to help her, but really I was poisoning her.

My Angels

I have a pair of cats – brothers – rescues, as all my cats have always been, and at the time I also had an older female. These sweet boys are my angels, and naturally I did not want them getting bugged by fleas, so, even though they are strictly indoor, I got them all Hartz flea collars. Within a day all were sick – drooling, unable to eat, listless. It didn’t occur to me at first that the collars were the problem, but when I called the vet, that was the first thing he asked. Apparently, by grooming each other, they were getting doubly sick from the collar’s poison.

Needless to say I removed them immediately, and the larger brother recovered quickly – the smaller brother took longer, and the female never completely recovered. She continued to lose weight and seemed emotionally traumatized. The boys kept her company and comforted her as best they could, but rather than living another few years, as she ought to have, since she had been in good health and was only 12 years old, she slowly faded and died less than 6 months later.