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The problem is Hartz Advanced Care flea and tick drops for cats.

Hartz Mountain Corp manufactures a product known as "Flea & Tick Drops Plus," an anti-flea remedy which is applied to the animal's back, like Frontline or Advantage. The difference is that Frontline and Advantage use a much newer chemical, which DOES NOT HURT the animal. Hartz uses phenothrin which --- according to my vet --- has been around for 50 years, is not nearly as effective, and can be toxic. Cats apparently are much more likely to be sensitive than dogs. Read more.....


www.BoycottHartz.com
 

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I also have had a cat become very sick from Hartz flea medication. I try to warn people as much as possible about not using hartz, I think alot of our other members do as well. Thank you for posting this link, it is very helpfull and informative. :D We will keep the word out about how dangerous this medication is.
 

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We've had several cats come into the clinic due to toxic reation to the flea medicine. If you put anything on your cat and it start to shake, has rapid eye movement, or has a seizure bath it immediately and then take it to the vet. Yes bath it first so that less 'medicine' will enter the cats bloodstream. All the cats we've had have been fine. I"m sorry to hear about the loss of all your cats. I certainly don't recommend Hartz to anyone.
 

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Thats a really good idea.. anybody have any suggestions on how we could do that? I think Walmart was sent a petition about it once or something, I'm not sure.
 

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Working in such a big company myself (Large store of petstores) who dont actually sell either of these products, but anyway.
Unless someones cat is seriously made ill or killed from these products AND there is un questionable proof it came from a product you bought from them, in this case hartz they wont stop selling it, espcially if they are making a lot of money on this.
I know these products are horrible and by no means am I sticking up for these companies, but from working for a large chain of stores I can tell you no matter how many letters you send in or petitions, so long as the ££££ is coming in they will still sell it.

The best thing to do is inform people, stand near these shops and hand out flyers, they cant stop you doing that so long as it is respectfully, if a products isnt making any money then it will get taken off the shelves since its a waste of space then.
Many a time I have suggested things about feed where I work, and I get ignored and I work for them. We sell bob martin flea stuff for small animals, bob martin is rubbish I told the area manager that and all I got back was it sells, and it does. I cant say to customers dont buy it either because I would be sacked, which wouldnt be so good since I have a mortgage and bills to pay, but what I CAN do it NOT mention it at all..

anyway after loads of babbling inform people, if something isnt making money it will be taken off the shelves, and you wont get into trouble with any companies, who with their money and moutains of solicitors will wipe the floor with us lot!
 

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Bad stuff

That chemical is a synthetic pyrethrin nerve agent. It's essentially the same as spraying Raid on your cat. Advantage is a growth regulator with much less toxicity.
 

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thats sad, and to think I was just about to use that next week!!! :eek:
Im so glad you posted about this, thanks for the warning! :D
 

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When we brought our most recent kitten home, he was totally infested with fleas. We'd never had a flea problem with any of our cats, we weren't sure what to do for a cat that was only about 6 weeks old, so we went to the pet store and found Hartz (among several other similar brands) and they all said not to use on kittens under 12 weeks. So we didn't buy them.

One of my co-workers volunteers at an emergency animal hospital, and even though she's not a vet, I figured I'd pick her brain and ask her what the dangers would be of using it on a kitten younger than 12 weeks, and she freaked out when I asked her! She told me not only not to use it on a kitten under 12 weeks, but not to ever use those on any cat of any age. She said it's unbelievable how often they get cats in the emergency room, in shock, after having used those products, and sometimes, unfortunately, they can't save them.

Chuckles is now about 3 months, and still has a flea or two, but it's way under control (thanks to the motherly-grooming skills of my other cat, Raven). We're probably gonna get some Advantage or Frontline within the next week.
 

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My vet recomends it if a cat/kitten gets sick from it they probaly ate it.. And I have got Hartz cat nip but my cat didnt like it... But even though my vet for one of my kittens recomened it i dont use it... But besides they're cat nip and flea and tick stuff my cats/kittens still love theyre toys!
 

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I warn everyone

Anytime I see someone in the isle at Walmart getting ready to buy those OTC flea products I try to warn them of the dangers. Some listen, some don't.
 

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Ihad the same thing happen with Frontline. Spent over $200 on my cat because of a reaction. I now use fennel seed oil on all my cats. Have for almost 7 years. Have had no problem with fleas or health problems with my babies. Thing is fennel seed oil can be purchased at most health food stores for about $10.00 for 4oz bottle. I put a couple of drops on each cat once a week during flea season. The bottle I am using now I bought last year. It is almost empty. I have 7 cats.
 

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She had an allergic reaction to it. Not only was she having trouble breathing but where it touched her skin she had hugh red blisters. This all happen within about 4 hours of using it.
 
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