74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2009
This product is POISONOUS to cats! Please DO NOT buy this product. Within a few hours of putting this on my cat (EXACTLY as instructed by the box) she began to have neurological symptoms, such as twitching. She was literally drugged. She was sluggish, twitchy and drooling. We tried taking a wet towel and rubbing it off, but the next morning, it was still all over her neck. Her pupils were dilated and she was twitching even worse than the night before. I called a vet that told me to wash her down IMMEDIATELY with Dawn soap. Since she was already so scared, she was almost impossible to bathe. We brought her to the vet where they had to sedate her, bathe her again, and give her fluids to try and flush this poison out of her system. The vet says they see HUNDREDS of cases of Hartz products poisoning pets. I don't know how they can legally sell something that kills your pets. If you love your pets, please do not buy this product. If I had done even a small internet search of this brand I never would have bought this. Every single review I have seen has been negative. I just hope I can save someone else from a costly vet bill, or even the death of their pet.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
After using this product on my cat. The following day I noticed him stretching out his rear legs and shaking them after taking a step or two. At first I thought it due to his stepping in his water tray. The next day he was still doing the same thing. I did a search online and found complaints concerning this product from numerous people. I rushed my cat to the local vet who informed me these muscle spasm reactions are typical with this product. How horrible. Hartz should be forced out of business for such actions. Fortunately, I caught the symptoms in time and Tig is doing fine now. I wonder how many pets have died due to unknowing owners trusting that a well known brand would help their pets. Don't hesitate to steer clear of this product. It is dangerous.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2012
I bought and administered this product to my 2.5 year old cat. Within an hour, severe negative effects were evident and she became very ill over the next few days. Wish I had known about these dangers before buying this poison, please visit HartzVictims.org. I WISH I COULD RATE THIS ZERO STARS!!!!
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2010
This product is extremely dangerous and I will recommend NOT buying it to anyone who will listen. First of all, it does NOT help get rid of fleas whatsoever. Second of all, it is NOT good for cats (or dogs) and can actually kill them! We used this product on all three of our cats and one of them almost died. Yes, it is cheaper than other flea treatment products like Frontline and Advantage, but it will end up costing you more if you have to pay for one or more vet visits. DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2013
Horrible stuff. I have been using Frontline but it's very expensive here, costs me about BBD$35 for one dose, so I saw this at BBD$41 for 3 doses and thought great. Well I gave our cat a bath this morning, dried her and applied the drops about an hour later when she was fully dry.
Ok, 1st off, this product soaked her fur way more than the Frontline did. I applied it at the back of her head between the base of her ears where I usually apply the Frontline, even though it said base of the skull, because I find that's too low, but within 15 minutes the fur at the sides of her neck and shoulder blades was spiky and soaked. She was not happy and neither was I because she could reach to lick the edges of the soaked area. She is just about 5lbs exact but this is ridiculous, and the lower weight range was not available.
Secondly, it was bothering her, she ran outside and kept trying to lick the area and scratch at it, (then she came back in a little later all yucky because the liquid really seems to attract dirt) and she just acted generally unhappy, whereas the Frontline never bothers her.
Three hours later the soaked area had spread even further and I saw her licking at it and so I came on here to check the reviews. Wow. I don't usually trust hysterical sounding reviews, but I was disturbed enough after reading to go give her another bath and thoroughly remove this stuff. Needless to say she was not amused to have 2 baths in one day but I really did not want to risk it. Now she is sleeping happily in her chair, soooo Frontline or Advantage from now on and $$ wasted. Stupse.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
I had a major flea infestation, but didn't expect my cats to die from the Hartz drops. They went into some type of strange seizure, both cats had enlarged pupils- they seemed frozen in time. My cat spent 4 hours in pain, whined, and eventually died. It was terrible to watch. Both cats died the same way. Do not use this product. Remove your cats from the infested home, treat the home, bathe the cats- wait until toxins levels are low or gone, then bring them back home. I lost my cats and you shouldn't have to go through this. :(
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2012
I discovered our cat had fleas around 11:00pm, and WalMart was the only thing open. I got these flea drops because they were cheap and I couldn't find the Advantage (I later learned that they keep it locked up because "people steal it because it's expensive".) I came home, gave the cat a bath and put one tube of these drops on his neck. It made his fur sort of greasy, but I figured that was how it was supposed to work.
The next day, I came home from work and there was fur all over the rug, and he had a HUGE bald patch on the back of his neck. I did some research on google (which I should have done first), and it turns out that one of the ingredients in this product is actually TOXIC to animals. I'll say it again. TOXIC.
We went to Petco and got some organic flea shampoo, and I gave the cat another long bath (he was NOT happy) and tried to scrub the area as thoroughly as I could. More fur fell out.
Fortunately, we were lucky enough that our cat was fine. I spoke with the vet, and he said that it sounded like a combination of several things (me getting most of the product in his fur [instead of on his skin], our cat being fat [20lbs!!] and the fact that we washed it off within a day) probably saved his life.
If you've used this product, wash it off immediately and watch for signs of distress, loss of fur and odd actions (like shaking his/her paws like he/she stepped in water, etc.) If you see any of this, PLEASE, call your vet.
I don't normally buy into this kind of hysterical OMG THIS PRODUCT KILLED MY CAT/DOG/HUSBAND kind of stuff, but this is actually a serious problem according to our vet. I don't understand why this product is still on the market, especially after seeing how many stories are posted about it, and seeing what it did to our cat just getting it on his fur. I also can't tell you how guilty I felt when I heard that he could have ended up with serious neurological problems or even dead from my desire to find something quick and to save a few bucks.
So, in conclusion, please, please PLEASE don't use this product on your cat. Spend the extra money to get Advantage or Frontline-- don't risk the death of a pet to save a few bucks.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2010
Slightly less expensive than the good stuff but definitely "NOT recommended". Followed directions for two cats over 5 lbs. Both cats were sick for over a week, still had fleas. This is a BAD product.
34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2007
Please, do not use this product!!!! I have to warn anybody who will listen... This product can be harmful if not fatal to cats! My cat died because of a very similar product. I want to warn everyone. Do not use Hartz drops either as they are just as dangerous! The only safe flea/tick medication is frontline advantage available from your vet. Yes, it is more expensive but isn't your pet's life worth it? Please believe me, I am not making this up or exaggerating! I lost my female cat and my male cat is still recovering from this poison. Please Please Please be safe and listen to my warning.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2013
I should have read the reviews before I bought this product. I just wanted something that was cheap and effective. I trusted the brand name of Hartz, but I was severely let down. Usually my parents would pay for the high end flea treatments when we had cats. My two cats I have now was the first that I was completely taking care of, so I admit I was just trying to be cheap.
First, it left this greasy, oily residue where I put it in the back in between the shoulder blades where the directions told me to. It was on there for at least 2 days before I had to wash it off because it was so bad that I didn't even want to pick up my cats. It was really gross!
Second, it got my one cat sick. REALLY sick. My one cat was fine and chipper. Nothing affected her at all. But my other cat, her sister, got so sick that she hid from me. The third day she was puking and was so stressed about her sickness that her anal glands messed up and she began to leak some watery poop that smelled like rotten fish. Her butt was swelled up and foul smelling. I spent the entire day cleaning up after her and worrying about her. I had no money to take her to the vet, and I know cats are tough. So I wanted to wait it out. She was sick for a week, but now she's better and fine. Reading the reviews, though, made me realize that my cat was one of the lucky ones. She could have died.
Third, it did squat to get rid of the fleas. Nothing. Nada. All that happened and not a single flea died. More fleas died when I gave the cats a bath with Dawn soap than with this flea treatment. After a week and a half of applying this stuff, there was no change. Actually, there were more. I could see them all over my own cat that hadn't gotten sick. One night while watching TV I was picking them off her face and popping them one-by-one!
If you want something that works, don't buy this product. If you want to keep your cats safe and healthy, do not buy this product. It doesn't work and its sickening to most cats. I was a lucky one. Protect yourself, your home, and your cats: don't buy this horrible product!