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Kills cats, not fleas.
on October 6, 2013
THIS PRODUCT KILLS PETS - THIS PRODUCT KILLS PETS - THIS PRODUCT KILLS PETS - THIS PRODUCT KILLS PETS!!!
I purchased this product to wash my 16 week old kitten who had fleas. The product claims to be safe for kittens over 12 weeks. I washed the cat and rinsed and dried him properly. By the next morning, the kitten was weak and wouldn't get up. By that night, he was having trouble breathing, he had seizures and his right side was paralyzed, and he couldn't stand. He cried and cried as he tried to stand up, but he just couldn't do it. Minutes later, he was dead. He died in agony and sadness. He had been rescued from a dumpster, and was just beginning his life as a happy house pet. Now he will never get to have that life he so deserved. Hartz doesn't care.
I am a foster mom to many cats for the past two years. I know plenty about pet-care, and treating sick cats. I thought maybe he was experiencing distemper, but the symptoms didn't exactly match up. As I googled the symptoms, people kept mentioning Hartz. I didn't initially google anything about Hartz, I never even suspected the shampoo had killed my sweet kitten. But I kept looking up "cat can't stand up, sudden paralysis" and people kept mentioning how Hartz products can cause this symptom to kittes of all ages. I called my vet and read her the ingredients and asked her if they were harmful and she explained how PYRETHRINS are toxic to cats. Pyrethrin is the main active ingredient in Hartz products, and other products within that umbrella. They cause chemical burns, illness and death. Many of the other active ingredients in their other products are also harmful.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS KILLER PRODUCT.
It might not kill your pet. But the risk is too high. Would you wash yourself with something that MIGHT KILL YOU? No. It's just not worth the risk of finding out.
There are MANY websites dedicated to how these products kill. ALL OF THE PRODUCTS.
AND, Hartz NEVER addresses these issues. They won't even acknowledge it. A company that really cares about pets would at least acknowledge people's concerns - they would care if pets were dying. The fact that they won't acknowledge it makes it evident that they know and just don't care. A class action lawsuit was filed against them, still they make no comments.
Please read these websites before putting your cat, kitten, dog or puppy at risk of death with Hartz products:
Or just google it yourself. It's all over the internet.
Hartz products aren't FDA approved. Instead, they are EPA regulated. What this means is that they are cleared as being safe for our ENVIRONMENT - not for living cats.
I don't want you guys to go through what I went through. The guilt, the sadness, the loss. It's really not worth it. Flea and tick medicines you get from the vet are safe, like Frontline. If you can't afford that, just give your pet regular baths with simple dish soap, and using something like diatomaceous earth or boric acid based products for your home and carpet.
You want the fleas to die, not the kitties.