My Cat Ate Tape What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kim •  Updated: 12/08/22 •  3 min read
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My Cat Ate Tape What Should I Do?

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Most of us use some kind of tape around the house. And if you have a cat, she may be very drawn to tape. That seems like something strange for a cat to eat; however, it’s a pretty common problem! But what happens when a cat eats tape?

Has your cat eaten tape? Are you worried the tape will make your cat sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your cat eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about tape and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Tape?

Tape is a plastic material with adhesive on one side; there are many types of tape, each with a specialized use. However, tape can be used to hold wrapping paper together on packages, repair a piece of paper, cover items (such as when painting a room), and more.

While tape is safe when used as directed, what happens if a cat eats tape?

Tape & Cats

It is possible for tape to make a cat sick. However, if your cat eats a very small piece of tape, chances are she will be OK. The tape will likely come out in her poop within 24 to 48 hours.

However, if a cat eats a larger amount of tape, she could become seriously sick. The problem is that a large amount of tape could form into a clump and cause an obstruction somewhere in a cat’s digestive tract. This is a very serious condition that can cause death if not treated.

Symptoms of Tape Ingestion in Cats

You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten tape:

If you notice these or other symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. Do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so by the vet.

Treatment of Tape Ingestion in Cats

The vet will use diagnostic imaging, such as x-rays, to determine where the tape has become lodged in the cat’s digestive system. If the tape blockage is not able to pass naturally, the vet will perform surgery to remove the obstruction. They will also repair any damage the tape may have caused.

The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical treatment after eating tape. In the future, it’s a good idea to keep all tape out of your cat’s reach. If this is a habit with your cat, you may want to discuss it with the vet. There are underlying medical conditions that can cause a cat to eat tape and other non-food items.

Speaking with the vet will mean you and your cat are that much happier, especially if your fur baby stops eating tape!

 

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Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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