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Old Yesterday, 02:20 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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This is an old thread but YES, my cats love Ben Gay and will lick it off if allowed. Have to admit I too am drawn to the odor but haven't tasted it!

It smell reminds me of comfort and ease, which is what it provides my back pain, at least for a short while.
I don't think it's a stretch to say that a menthol type fragrance is similar to a mint smell in a subtle way. I would hope overindulging in Ben Gay or other such product wouldn't do our cats any harm. Now chlorine bleach is a different story, and I have a cat who's obsessed with sniffing those fumes. That's why I don't use full strength bleach for cleaning in my house, unless I can get rid of the odor with something else. Bleach fumes are not your friend.
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Old Yesterday, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I don't think it's a stretch to say that a menthol type fragrance is similar to a mint smell in a subtle way. I would hope overindulging in Ben Gay or other such product wouldn't do our cats any harm. Now chlorine bleach is a different story, and I have a cat who's obsessed with sniffing those fumes. That's why I don't use full strength bleach for cleaning in my house, unless I can get rid of the odor with something else. Bleach fumes are not your friend.

Bleach! Oh goodness.... how dangerous THAT would be....

I don't really let my cats lick regarding Ben Gay, it's just that they try so hard to get licks.
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Old Today, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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My present cat went crazy when I did a bunch of cleaning in the bathroom with bleach. A catnip reaction. I had one that loved the mint toothpaste, would let her have a minute, like head of a pin size lick if it. That was before I even thought it might be bad, but was very rare I let her have some.

My first cat my parents got was totally nutsy about slowpoke suckers, caramel flavor. Nothing else made her wacky and insistent that you must give it to her, so we would let her have the last bits of it, always licked, never chewed.
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