SERIOUS POST. SAVE A CAT’S LIFE AND DO NOT USE THIS TREATMENT.
Edit: The treatment in question is called ProFender and is the worming treatment, specifically the liquid application.
A trigger warning: mentions of animal death, descriptions of animal in distress, picture of animal in distress, symptoms of a reaction to a product
I recently had to take Lucifer on an emergency vet visit due to some anti-parasite treatment he was given. He got extremely feverish and twitchy and was in immense pain and hasn’t been himself since. The reviews on the product say that it has put cats on death’s door, made them lame, caused organ failure consistently, has given them seizures, made them lose fur, etc etc. Cats have even died, as little as 30 minutes after using the product, and I think Lucifer would have died if we hadn’t have gotten them into the vets within the hour. He was breathing EXTREMELY rapidly, shaking, unable to eat or move, falling asleep, yelping in agony when we tried to move him, etc. After doing some research mom has found that the product has nothing but negative reviews - literally every single one she’s found, and there are hundreds, report severe reactions to it.
For the safety of your cats, PLEASE steer clear of ProFender. It’s an extremely harmful brand, some people have said it’s like poison. The effects it has on cats are awful, and we’re lucky Lucifer was big enough to take it. He was in the vet for just over two days and is still very slow and unlike himself.
His last worming treatment was a different brand which he was fine with, but for some reason they switched his treatment to ProFender and I’m worried in the lockdown vets are switching out treatments for other brands.
We had no idea how bad it was and the vets have denied that a reaction was likely and have said they haven’t had bad reports of it before, but it’s clear that it’s a more or less poisonous substance that no cat should ever be given. Even if the effects aren’t bad, the trauma an animal goes through having to go for the vet is immense. We’re so lucky Lucifer seems to be recovering, especially after the experience. I had to hold him close to me in the car to comfort him on the over 10 min trip. The poor baby was crying and staring at me because he was terrified. It was a terrifying, terrible experience that no cat deserves to go through.
But yeah, if you know anybody with cats - especially young ones - please let them know about this stuff. Our experience with Lucifer was heartbreaking and scary and to think we could have lost him if we hadn’t immediately taken him to the vets is horrifying.
We will be submitting evidence and ringing up animal welfare services as well as our vets and we are going to do whatever we can to make sure this brand doesn’t hurt, maim, or kill any more animals.
If any of you have seen my boy Lucifer, he’s very upbeat and alert. Here are some pictures of him within an hour of being given ProFender. He does NOT naturally sleep like this and never curls his paws. You can tell here that he’s clearly not well and these pictures still bring tears to my eyes because if I hadn’t immediately told my mom he might not be with us right now. Also, in the third picture one of our other cats Gabriel came to comfort Luce with me, but the photo shows his condition very well so I had to include it.
Stay safe everyone, and PLEASE look after your cats.