Some time ago, a popular pet columnist in my local paper advised a reader to put some menthol chest rub around the bathroom faucet to discourage her cat from drinking from it. He said that most cats hate the smell of menthol. This statement surprised me, because my cats all go nuts whenever I use menthol products, whether it is a mentholated chest rub or a menthol nasal inhaler. The scent is as powerful as catnip, and they will try to lick it off my neck or chest when I use it as a rub. That reaction only makes sense to me, because menthol comes from the mint family, as does catnip.
Because I've seen menthol listed elsewhere as a cat deterrent, I put the question to my forum members, which stimulated a lively discussion. I thought it was time to put the question to my readers. How about it? Do your cats go wild about the scent of menthol products, or do they run away like lemmings? Vote in the poll, then join the discussion, or post your comments here.