Get ahold of Stubby77 and get his bait (it's fresh) instead.
Temperature has a huge impact on the consistency of dough and punch baits--can't say about dip baits though. Warming the dough-ball, with your hands, before sticking it on the hook may be all that's needed. In cooler temps, even Stubby's needed a warming just before putting on the hook.
IMHO Bagster's comments are spot-on.
I tried house cat, once. Really didn't like it when I threw her in the water.