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Cat ate rubber band!

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
My cat just ate a few rubber bands that I left on the floor. Is he going to be okay?
post #2 of 22
My cat ate a rubberband once, and I didn't even know it till I found it in the poop.

I'm guessing nature will do its job and the rubberbands will come out soon. Either that, or he'll puke it out. , that everything will be OK.
post #3 of 22
plar- please either give your kitty some mineral oil or some olive oil to help push the rubber band through the system. Use either a feeding syringe or eye dropper, feed it slowly give about a tablespoon of oil (for a mature cat) 1/2 tsp for kitten over the period of a few minutes
post #4 of 22
I had that happen with Coco. One day she was throwing up and it was 5 Rubber Bands I was so scared but she was ok. She had threw them all up. I would call the Vet. They can do a Xray to see if he is ok. It was a year ago when Coco did that. Last Dec she barfed and she had a the inside of a Cat Toy. It came up in one piece and she was ok.
post #5 of 22
I would watch your cat VERY carefully for the next little bit, or until you see the rubberbands in his poop or throw up. I learned the hard way...My cat Frankie ate a rubber band once. I did not actually see her do it, but one night she got really really sick and was puking all night. I took her to the vet and they took a whole bunch of ex-rays and ran some tests. Come to find out, she had a rubberband in her intestines that was causing a blockage. The vet told me that he would give her medicane to help her pass the rubberband, but if it did not work, they would have to operate!!! Luckily the stuff they gave her (Barium) worked. Now I lock rubberbands up.

Don't let this freak you out...he will most likely be ok. Hope this helped!
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
I just called my vet, he said the cat should be fine unless he starts acting weird. I must be careful with rubber bands around the cat from now on.
post #7 of 22
Mine are all locked up since Coco did that.
post #8 of 22
It's funny all the things we are aware of that we wouldn't be aware of if we didn't have our cats.

I have to lock up my hairbands because Kelly likes to play with them, and they just go missing.
post #9 of 22
Buster once swallowed a rubber band too. I didn't know until I saw pieces of it in his poop. Now I don't allow rubber bands in the home at all. I don't know if it tastes good to cats but Buster tried to always eat them, so we had to ban them.
post #10 of 22
Geesh! What is wrong with cats and why do they eat ANYTHING!?

I hope your kit will be just fine
post #11 of 22
Since I got my two, my house is 1000% better patrolled by me for potentially bad things - rubber bands, paper clips, dental floss, tie twisties, leaving knives on the counter during dinner - you name it, I've gotten better at putting it away quickly.

But, like any parents, no matter what you do, accidents may happen. All we can try to do is be very vigilant (and have the e-vet's phone number on hand at all times).
post #12 of 22
Popsie has never eaten a rubber band but he will go for things like balloon ribbon. Which can be just as dangerous. When I got balloons for V-Day I made absolute sure he couldn't get the ribbon. Luckily, anytime he has gotten a hold of it, he just puked it up or pooed it out. You can never be too careful though. I hope your kitty will be OK.
post #13 of 22
I thought Tailer was just a weirdo, but it must be a widespread thing. Tailer LOVES rubber bands. If there's one anywhere in the house he WILL find it and eat rubber bands have been banished.
post #14 of 22
Be careful on Cat Toys too. Last Christmas my Sister got my Cats Toys. One had a Ribbon thing in the center. I thought Coco was Coughing from her Asthma acting up and then she threw up. The whole Ribbon was in it. It all game up whole. I looked at the toy and the Ribbon was gone. am carefu what toys I buy now.
post #15 of 22

My cat used to do it all the time. We now put rubber bands in the drawer straight away or he will get them and eat them. If he does find one, usually he just throws up a couple of times, gets a headache and goes quiet for a day, and then poops them out a day later. Silly puss!

post #16 of 22

Malt flavored petroleum jelly (for hairballs) can also help to pass such indigestible obstructions.  


Luckily I think most rubber bands are short enough (at least if not chewed into a long string) that it wouldn't twist up his intestines which is always the concern when they eat things like tinsel or string or other things of that nature.    

post #17 of 22

If you've read the book about Dewey the Library Cat, you'll know what can happen if a cat eats too many rubber bands.  Usually, a few are not a problem, depending on the size of the cat.  However, check the cat's rear end after he uses the litter box; the whole rubber band may not pass out at once.

post #18 of 22
Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

If you've read the book about Dewey the Library Cat, you'll know what can happen if a cat eats too many rubber bands.  Usually, a few are not a problem, depending on the size of the cat.  However, check the cat's rear end after he uses the litter box; the whole rubber band may not pass out at once.

I want to add to this never EVER pull something out that you see sticking out of a cat's rear end (or out of their throat either) Yuu don't know what that thing is hung up on, and could do serious damage and cause great pain.

If you suspect your cat has eaten a rubber band your best bet is to take the cat to the vet. At least CALL the vet. Rubber bands can cause very serious damage to a cat's insides.
post #19 of 22

Before I could finish reading this post about cat eating rubber band, my Baby threw hers up....Oh well that was quick, about 5 minutes... ..

post #20 of 22

Please know that this thread is from 2008.

post #21 of 22

my cat took a rubber band.He coughed :chescat: but he was ok.

post #22 of 22
My cat Maji has done it twice. We didn't know until he got really sick. He had to have surgery both times (about $1800 each time). If u know he ate a rubberband then take him to the vet right away before it gets lodged in his intestine and well he is strong. If he gets too sick he may not survive surgery or other therapies to help get the rubber band out.
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