I use over the counter Icy Hot medicated Lotion for my pain, I have read both pros and cons about this. Every time I put this on my arms shoulder and chest my cat comes and attact me trying to lick it off of me. I had another cat who like the taste of Ben Gay. They also like the smell of it. I am trying to do research on whats in it that the cats may be lacking. Can you or anyone help with this mystery. Some cats like it while other ones don't
Icy Hot and Cat Nip both have that minty smell. I believe that this is what drives your cat to the icy hot. For the life of me I can not see how this can be healthy.
It's the Menthol. Menthol comes from a type of mint plant. If you've ever bought cat nip you'll notice that your cats go wild over it. That's do to the fact that the catnip is in the same plant family as the mint plant that's used to extract the menthol from it. Hope this helps lol. It's quite funny. If you smell catnip you'll see it's minty as well, similar to bengay or anything containing Menthol.
Just found this out the hard way. I twisted my knee and put some IcyHot on it and within 2 seconds my big male cat started attacking my leg. I thought he was going crazy.
I don't know about icy hot but I found out my cat has an obsession with bleach, so when bleach is used to clean either the bathroom or the whites in the laundry he has to be closed in another area of the home until the area has dried or the strongest of the scent has worn down.
In your case maybe you could adapt it to either keep the cat in another area or outside for 30 - 45 minutes while the scent wears out and the lotion soaks in your skin. (During summer time it only takes 15 - 20 minutes. Just one possibility.)
You need to be careful with all such topicals around cats as they can cause kidney failure. If you do a quick google search you'll find the FDA warnings for pet owners. I've stopped using these in order to ensure my kitty is not exposed.
- Menthol Information for Consumers
- Menthol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Menthol (detailed)
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