(Closed) My fiance's cat will not stopping taking hair ties!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
10452 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

That’s so cute! My kitty loves crumpled up paper balls and little felt mice. We have gone through hundreds probably… He always loses them under furniture or destroys them so of course he needs to keep getting new ones! I bet if you dug under fridges and couches you’d find a stash 😉

Post # 4
1010 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@wisher558:  My cats would do the same if I didn’t keep them in a drawer! And my aunt’s cat (used to be mine) insists on keeping one in his food dish while he eats. He will NOT eat out of his dish if it’s missing. Weirdo cat.

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You should keep your hair ties in drawers so the cat can’t get at them.  I don’t know what it is about certain objects (hair ties, socks, underwear, etc) that makes animals go crazy and end up eating them.  Maybe because they smell like the owners?  Here’s a cat that ate 50 hair ties before he got sick and needed surgery!

Post # 6
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My cat LOVES my hair ties! She always puts them in her watee bowl lol. I have to hide them.

Post # 7
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@wisher558:  YES!! I have 2 and they’re both horrible for it.  If I take my hair down and lay the tie down for just a minute, my calico will come by and snatch it up.  She has like 10 of mine.  By the time she’s done with them, they’re all stretched out and such

Post # 8
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Bubbles42:  My sister’s cat does the same thing when I go over to her house! I always find them in the water bowl! What’s up with that?

Post # 10
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would really advise you to try to establish a habit ot keeping your hair ties out of his cat’s reach. My four year old cat nearly died after she ate 2 hair ties and a part of one of those longer skinny hairbands that I used to wear for exercise (they look like very long flat hair ties). She always used to play with them, util one day she got violently sick and after a surgery that cost me over 2K in the end, they retrieved all these ties from her stomach.

I really don’t mean to be a downer, but it was a scary and awful experience. If anyone could benefit from it, it would be somewhat worth it! I have simply started keeping my hair ties in a closed plastic container, the kind you can get from any storage or desk organization store. Honestly, I recently tested her with one out in the open and she went at it right away — she apparently never learned!!

Post # 11
3689 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m good enough at losing my own hair ties without the help of my cat.  I’ve bought dozens over the years.  Right now I have three left that go right back in a drawer if I’m not using them.  

The cat will, however, steal the straws from McDonalds if I don’t put them in my drink right away and leave them on the coffee table for a few minutes.

Post # 12
42 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

I try keeping mine away from my cat because I don’t want him eating them, but he watches where I put them and still tries to go after them. I just caught him trying to lift the lid on my jewelry box to pull one out. 


Sometimes the little buggers are too smart for their own good.


Post # 13
917 posts
Busy bee

@wisher558:  I’ve two cats that do this to me. My male cat loves my hair ties, but only if they have my decent on them and my female cat is a sucker for rolled up bits of paper, she’ll play fetch for hours, not exaggerating! I’ve given up spending money on toys because they just end up stealing my hair ties or bits of paper from around the house. 

Post # 14
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Saw a comic once that just said “Everything in my house is a cat toy.”. 

My cat goes psycho for tape, any variety, he acts like a drug addict in need of a fix and someone is waving it in his face but won’t give it to him (not to make fun of drug addicts at all!).  We either have to tag team him or put him in another room to do anything with tape.

He also loves twist ties, zip ties, plastic bags (also have to be hidden ASAP), and rubber bands (my hair is short so no hair ties here).

Luckily he loves to play fetch so brings us everything he wants to play with (including the ocassional dead fly).

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