Bad Bedding?

Like everyone else here, myself and my animal companions of years past have been victims of Hartz products. I can’t begin to tell of the horror stories I have heard and personally witnessed through friends and their families and through total strangers looking for answers to the sudden illness and even death of their beloved animals.

This particular story is not about a cat, but about a colony of mice. I have many animal companions, which range from the feline fancy on through the herptile and aquatic fancy. I also have a colony of breeder mice.

It all started a number of weeks ago. I was looking through bedding materials at Delta, a local private owned petstore who I have been doing business with since I was rather young. They are kind and caring people, very knowledgable and willing to go out of their way to help you. A good old ma and pa shop, if you will.

I knew better than to go near cedar or pine shavings because of the tendancy for said materials to cause horrible respiratory ailments and because of the toxicity (especially to reptiles, as I have several). Aspen is what has always been recommended to me, and what I have seen recommended elsewhere. I have been satisfied with it ever since I started using it as substrate for my animals.

Typically I purchase a brand called Sun Seed ( ) which has an unmistakable yellow and blue lable on its packaging. There came a point when I needed more bedding, but Delta was out of the larger blocks of bedding I normally buy. I decided it couldn’t hurt to see what else they had, and to try it and see if I liked it well enough to switch over.


My kitty Hennessy was a beautiful persian black mix kitty. At barely 6 mos old he was absolutely charming. Last Wed. 2/23/05 I sprayed him with a flea and tick killer spray not ever thinking it would lead to his death. Well by the 2nd day he was coughing and looking horrible. I took him in to the vet Friday 2/25/2005 because when I got back from work he was barely breathing and huddled inside a box in my closet. I took him in at 6 pm by 7:30 pm the vet called me to tell me he had died of asfixiation. I wanted to die. He was my baby. I had adopted him with his brother Alize back in Oct.

Trying to do the ”Right” thing

I wish to let everyone know that Hartz has claimed another innocent animal. I just buried a dear friends cat that she left for me to care for while she was finding another apt. Thinking she was doing the right thing to help her cat she brought her to me along with her bed, toys, litter box wearing a brand new flea collar —– the cat died four days later, without any symptoms, in his bed. After I buried him I went to the supermarket and looked on the shelves and there was Hartz Mountain Flea and Tick collar – the very same type on the cat. Nothing was wrong with the cat as he was just vetted out and all was well. I cannot prove it was the flea collar but if I had the cat examined I KNOW it was the collar. Had I known it was a Hartz Mountain collar this poor cat had on it would have come off immediately.

Another innocent cat dies because Hartz is be allowed to get away with this carnage.

Reaction to Hartz flea drops

I was so glad to see this web site!
I am relieved to know that at least this problem is regognized and there is a support for victims.
I have had my cat Marley for almost 12 years. It has always been a priority for me that Marley his side kick Frankie are comfortable and healthy. They are indoor cats and have been most of their lives. I have usually been able to avoid flea problems. There has been probably eight or so incidents where I have had to bath and/or treat the cats with meds for fleas. The cats have always been good when I bathe them, and on the two ocassions when I used a treatment, I used Advantage. Advantage flea drops worked like a charm, and neither of my cats had a reaction.
Unfortunately, this last incident came at a time when I am very pressed for money. I am a student going for my teaching credential and Masters degree, and am very strapped for cash for the next year or so. So, I opted for the cheaper solution to the flea problem that I had on my hands, and bought Hartz flea drops in the green tube, for cats weighing over 10 pounds.

After slathering on the goop from the tube onto the back of my cats heads, I noticed imeediately that the odor was more offensive than Advantage’s. The next day, I noticed that the product still had not absorbed into their coats completely. Their hair was sticking up in a manner that made them look like little punk rock cats. I decoded to give the product a little more time to work. The cats were still itching and licking themselves. Not only did they not seem relieved, they seemed lethargic and uncomfortable. They both huddled nervously in front of the window all day. They rarely moved, even to eat.
So, I decided, two days later, to wash them with a flea soap (Also a Hartz product) to remove the first product that was offensive to myself, and my cats (or at least they seemed offended). I also thought that the flea soap would remove the fleas, which the first product had not yet seemed to do.
I thought that would be the end of the ordeal, but, to my surprise, the next day Marley was suffering from irritated skin and hair loss. On his chest he was missing a palm size amount of hair. Cunks of cat hair were laying all over the floor and he was licking himself as if he were in some sort of manic state. I was so shocked at the site of the hair loss, and so concerned for his health that I began to cry. I also noticed that his ears were twitching uncontrollably, and at that decided to call the vet hospital in Los Osos.
I told the assistant there that I had no money to take my cat to the vet, but was scared for the health and life of my long time companion, Marley. I recounted the events of the last few days with her and described the symptoms. “Did you use Hartz products?,” she asked me when I had told her the story. I was again shocked. How did she know this? Was Hartz really such a bad product that it had made a name for itself in veterinary emergency rooms?
She explained that the hospital had seen many cases of allergic reactions to Hartz products. She told me that all I could do at that point was “let it run it’s course”. Which I have.
MArley is doing a little better now. He is still licking himself a little. He lost more hair between his shoulder blades. His hair loss has slowed down and his ears do not twitch anymore. He doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable, but he favors the area on his chest when it comes to cleaning. I cannot wait for him to heal.
He is my best friend, and I am glad that he still has his life. I think, after reading the other stories at this site, that Marley could have had it alot worse.
Hartz should seriously reconsider the business they are in. Aren’t they supposed to be in the business of keeping animals healthy? Because that doesn’t seem to be what they have in mind when they sell products that jeopardize the life of our animals. That seems to be a motive of greed and money, not of love and concern.
Shame on Hertz for promotong poison for our pets.

Close Call

When I was growing up, we never had much cash and used products we bought at the local mart in attempt to treat our animals as well as we treated ourselves. Though I am financially able and paranoid enough now to exercise all of this care under the supervision of my wonderful vet, the extent of care has not changed.

Yesterday my boyfriend treated his cats with Hartz Flea Drops before I could catch him. Today, his cats were not themselves at all. I had heard of horror stories about this product and jumped on the internet, which led me to this site. Thank God! We just went through a nice little bath ritual, and luckily the languid and dazed-looking pair are back to normal and destroying his bedroom.

Looking back, though, I remember now a heartbreaking loss our family suffered from using Hartz on a kitten we had raised on a bottle. This was an animal that saw many trips to the emergency vet in our attempts to heal the emotional and physical trauma of being the abandoned runt, only to lose her life to the very care that saved it. At the time, my mother glazed over the information, protecting me from the anger and frustration that this product could be sold to very well-intentioned people such as ourselves. Now it is clear. There is no way to thank you enough for this website. You just saved our babies and added three new advocates to your cause.

Do Not Combine These Two Hartz Products

I purchased Hartz’ Control Flea & Tick Guard for Cats (spray) for my cat K.C (aka KittyCat). She already had on a standard Hartz flea collar. She was treated by myself with the spot spray.

The following day I noticed she was making some strange noises, so I looked closer. I was horrified to realize that the flea spray when combined with the powder on the flea collar, had formed into a gel that had hardened overnight.

The flea collar was now ‘glued’ to my cat’s neck and she had already panicked overnight, which caused the glued flea collar to rip out a huge section of hair on the underside of K.C.’s neck.

I applied warm water, as to remove the flea collar. Then I retried with the collar in my hand and sprayed it with the spray. Sure enough, the two combined products formed the same ‘gel’ where as water on the collar did not ‘gel’ at all in the same way.

I kept the ripped out section of hair clean via a diluted saltwater solution for a couple of days. To no avail, the exposed skin area was getting much worse. So we took her to the Vet. Hospital And they said she had a progressive skin infection as a result of the hair being ripped out by K.C. when the collar became glued to her fur.

Also the Vet. said that had we not brought her in sooner she may have had to be put down. They gave her two antibiotic shots, followed by an oral medication for us to give K.C. twice a day for ten days. Now at the end of her ten days K.C.’s neck looks much better.

Unfortunately I suspect that the skin infection has spread further. Her hind feet are now swollen and missing hair, as are her ears. She will be going back to the Vet. tommorow. This maybe her last trip to the Vet. as she is not looking very good at all.

I have contacted the HartzMountain Corporation regarding this matter. I Have sent them progressive photos of K.C. and as well the Vet. bill. I have asked them for reimbursement for the bill and that they put a warning on future products. Results are still pending at this time.

So please remember to tell people Do Not Combine These Two Products (let alone, use them at all)..
1)Hartz Standard (powder style) Plastic Flea Collar,
2)Hartz Control Flea & Tick Guard for Cats (spray).

Thank-You For Reading My Story,


The Price of a 7 month old Kitten

We were told that the Hartz flea and tick product that was applied to the dog caused the seizures and the death of our kitten. The product was not applied to the kitten just to the dog- but because of some type of exposure to the chemical ( same found in the cat drops) the kitten had high fever and seizures and trouble walking – then brain damage… On the label it say to keep product away from birds and fish- nothing about cats. Both Petsmart ( who showed us by pointing the product out on the shelf) is this the product you used? Then the Emergency Vet Hospital who treated her also was aware of this product. To find out this has been going on for years… Ahhh. Noboby should have to go thru the mental and financial hard ship our family went thru.

Update on Molly

On Monday, February 14th, 2005, we had took Molly home from the 24 hours vet hospital. She had got worse over there due of swollen from one of her legs. And she was still aggressive and upset untill she saw us she got calm. Her leg got swollen bec she bit herself when she was aggressive. When we took her home her paw was bleeding from her biting and she wasnt well. So we had to go to our regular vet the same day to make sure the vet hospital did the right thing and etc. They put her on antibotics for her swollen leg.
Right now she s getting better slowly day by day. Im glad that we took her in earlier than later. Otherwise she would have died from it.
But the vet had said that her leg will get worse before it begins to heal in 2 days.


This is a letter I sent to the EPA –
I just saw a Special Report on my local TV News (WFLA) tonight on the “Hartz Flea & Tick” products for Cats.
IT’S RIDICULOUS that Hartz gets to just “settle” lawsuits and just “re-label” their products considering the disturbing video I saw of what it’s doing to cats.
What if this product was for children? I bet 10 to 1 that they wouldn’t be able to just “re-label” their products!! That product would be yanked so fast you wouldn’t believe it.

I am certainly a cat lover, and I also don’t know why the “safe” products aren’t sold “over the counter” but the ones that can kill an animal are so easily available! Not everyone can afford to run to the vets every time they see a “flea”, I think most people know what a flea is, and I feel SAFE products should be available for animal lovers. It’s like if you’re not rolling in money temporarily, then you may lose something you dearly love because you tried to take care of it.
Doing research is nice but wouldn’t it make more sense to PULL the products off the shelves while they are being “researched”?
I tried to share my grievances with Hartz but of course, they have no email listed! As far as I’m concerned they care nothing for cats or they would voluntarily pull the products off the shelves themselves. I know I will NEVER purchase a Hartz product again unless they pull this product OFF the shelves! I used to correlate Hartz with pet care but not anymore.
PS – If anyone has an email for Hartz, I certainly give you permission to forward this to them.

HARTZ FLEA DROPS- Almost killed my 1 year Siamese Skye

Around October or November I noticed under my siamese cats chin what i thought was flea dirt. I sleep with my cat every night so my mom went out and bought hartz flea drops. I put them on all four pets: my moms 2 chihuahuas, calico, and my siamese. Later on I noticed Skye my siamese isolating herself. i would go by her and she just would act out of it. i thought it was me so i got my mom to pet her and she was angry and growling and looked as if she was high. We noticed she was twitching very badly. She’s normally very friendly with me and she wasn’t acting like herself. I was Hysterical and crying. I thought what could have made her act so scared. I was so frightend that she might not be okay. All the vets were closed because it was late. finally we figured that it was the flea drops and i gave her a bath as soon as possible. oddly enought all the other animals were fine. Febuary 14, my mom came and told me she seen on the news hartz had a lawsuit against them. i found out that Skye wasn’t the only one that almost died and that hundreds of animals did die. funny though i went though all this and it wasn’t even fleas, it was a case of feline acne.