Curious kitties are always into everything. Even adult/senior cats are getting into mischief. It seems to be in their nature. Cats of all ages like to get into stringy things, play with paper, jump onto high spaces and much more. However, your kitty’s curiosity may in fact be very dangerous.
Cats have an obsession with hair ties. Why is it hair ties? Well hair ties are stringy-like objects. They are light in weight and can be batted around and seem appealing to chew on. Hair ties are usually left around by children and even adults (I know I personally leave mine everywhere) and makes for an interesting game for your cat because they are so easily accessible. Cats enjoy finding a way to get attention and to keep them from getting bored.
Hair ties don’t seem to be something hard to pass right? Well in fact that is wrong. Hair ties can bunch up the intestines and cause a serious blockage. Not only that, but most cats swallow more than one hair tie as we leave them in groups on the counter. We have seen as many at 20+ in a kitty!
What are the symptoms if my cat has eaten hair ties (or anything else)? You will most likely see vomiting. That is the body’s way of trying to get the foreign object(s) out. Your kitty may also become lethargic as its very painful and doesn’t allow for the body’s normal functions. Your kitty may stop eating and/or drinking which is very serious. If you notice any of these symptoms take your cat into the vet right away.
What can I do to prevent this from happening to my kitty? You can keep hair ties and other objects your cat may like out of reach or in a drawer. Pay attention to what you kitty likes to play with. It may not be hair ties but it may be something else. Our clinic cat we had used to like cellophane straw wrappers. Keep these things that your kitty may like out of their reach or don’t even have them in your home at all. Supervise your kitty as much as possible. If you have visitors over, make them aware of the things your kitty may get into.
If ever you have a question regarding your kitty please call us at 480-987-8000.