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  1. The article never says how old Tiny Timmy was when he died. It would clarify how much he was cheated out of his normal lifespan. No cat should have to suffer like that. Although the manufacturers will of course deny it, if a link can be scientifically established one would think these products would be banned by governments, even mine(USA), but the catch is: who is going to pay for that research? Obviously the companies that make these treatments won’t, or would cheat to exonerate their own products if they did. Governments aren’t going to pay for such research either, and obviously the hapless individual cat owner can’t afford it. On the other hand, without an effective and safe means of protecting our cats from and ridding them of, fleas, cat owners have no real choice. I read the scary facts of neurotoxins and stopped treating my cat with Advantage II last year, and found that even diligent daily flea-combing was ineffective. Trying to bathe my cat would be suicidal. He’s huge, strong, and has claws over an inch long and dislikes baths. I would as soon douse myself with gravy and punch a Tiger in the nose as try to give my cat a bath . So, despite diligent daily flea combing, he ended up with a horrendous flea infestation (40 & 50 fleas combed off him per night) and anemia from the lost blood they were sucking from him and I had to pay a vet and was forced to give him an internal pulicide(spinosad) she prescribed, as well as iron treatments. Which was expensive for a pensioner like me. So there doesn’t seem to be a safe and effective alternative to pulicides(flea-killers) of one sort or another.

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  3. Actions against the manufactures end up with them trying to insinuate that the animals [ your pets ] suffering the side affects, must have already had pre-existing health issues, so therefore their products cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
    Eva_

    • Thanks. Yes, the manufacturers would defend their position in anyway possible even if it includes downright lies.

  4. Every cat we’ve adopted out we’ve warned the new pet parents not to use these “supermarket” flea meds. Most of them were unaware of the dangers.

    • Interesting, your comment confirms my fears and is the reason why the manufacturers get away with producing these poisonous products.

  5. Thank you for writing this article about Timmy. He touched so many lives with the story of his triumph over neurological damage from flea & tick products, and countless pets have been spared health problems as a result of increased awareness of the dangers of these products. Timmy and his human, Claudia, have made a lot of progress in spreading awareness, and hopefully one day these products will be banned completely.

  6. Advantage only.
    Never, never apply cheapies like Sergeants or Hartz. These are your beloveds, and you can’t gamble with their lives.

    • Totally agree. It surprises me how careless some cat owners are with the health of their cat often to save a few bucks.

  7. Considering all the flea and tick products out there causing deaths in the cats and dogs, has anyone filed a class action lawsuit against these companies (Sergeant’s, Hartz, etc). This could be a way to get everyone together in force to get these products off the shelves.

    • Good idea, Kathryn. Something needs to be done. The cat is the innocent victim between the manufacturers and cat owners.

      • There are still a lot of people who don’t know about these products – just looking at the stories on Hartzvictims.org is enough to make one tear up. I don’t know what it takes to file a class action lawsuit but would be willing to help out on one.

        • It takes someone to organise it to bring people together. A visit to a decent lawyer at the outset would be needed. Perhaps a crowd funding campaign would be the best starting point to get funds together to seek legal advice. It would also bring like minded people together.

  8. You wonder which products caused the damage ?

    ” Frontline” 3 times on my four Maine Coons
    and 4 times on all four with >Advantage

    These treatments cost more so in my mind I assumed they would be safe _
    Not At All. None of Them Are Safe.

    Eva Say’s___

    One round with a cheap product called spot on.

    • And I’ve had no trouble with them. You just never know. I’m about to resort back to a bowl of Ivory dish detergent placed under a 7 watt bulb night light. Fleas love it and they drown when they jump in. Ivory is pretty much natural but the cats don’t drink the Ivory water anyway. I had a dog eat a bar of Ivory soap when I was a kid and mama called the vet and he said the only thing it would do is make the dog throw up.

  9. Dear readers and pet lovers_ I wish to include a serious and important note in addition to my statements about flea and tick products. If you have purchased ANY product that has poisons listed in the ingredients One under the name [ Permethrin] they are bug and rat killers etc…and have killed many beloved pets all across america. The companies who produce and sale them do not take responsibility for any liable. My cats are 10 and 11 years of age today; but I only treated them a few times each in their entire lives as youngsters. That’s all it took to cause permanent damage. BEWARE & DO NOT APPLY DEADLY POISONS TO YOUR PETS.!!!!
    Eva Say’s__

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