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I Made a “Cat Trap” With Tape, But It Caught No Cats

A circular pattern on the floor might attract cats, but is it enough of a magnet to hold them?

Angie Bailey  |  Nov 3rd 2014


Cats like to sit in the middle of most anything. You might have seen this recent post about creating a simple circle to trap your cat. My cats are stubborn, but usually fall prey to the typical cat-traps, so I thought I’d give this new one a try.

I decided to fashion my circle out of masking tape and place it on my kitchen floor. I know my circle isn’t perfectly circle-y, but perhaps my D in high school geometry will encourage you to cut me a little slack.

Cosmo was the first to examine the trap, but did not step inside my creation. Instead he chose to smell and lick the tape. Disappointed, I look at him and said, “Hey! This isn’t a Shoney’s breakfast buffet!” I really said that. And then I was hungry for biscuits and gravy.

Phoebe was the next cat to make the scene and immediately entered the circle. Trapped! She wasn’t sitting, but the mere entrance was enough evidence for me. I don’t know if she wandered inside because it was a circle or just wandered because she’s a cat and wanders a lot. Whatever the case, I felt a little smug, thinking I’d trapped my first cat. I was also slightly in awe of the magical powers of masking tape.

The trap didn’t hold Phoebe for very long, though. She soon exited the circle and joined Cosmo in licking the tape. This experiment was suddenly off the rails and I had no idea where it was going. Still, I remained fully committed to my love of scientific experiments and taking silly cat photos.

A few minutes later, I trapped a big gray Saffy! Yes! Two for three! She entered the circle from the east, made a few turns, licked a piece of the tape, and then left. What in the world? Was there some kind of mad mojo inside the masking-tape trap? Did it have some sort of alien crop-circle energy that only my cats could sense? Saffy never even paid attention to my repeated attempts at begging her to look at the camera.

That’s when the chaos began. Phoebe went to town tugging at a piece of the tape, obliterating my carefully constructed circle.

Then all the cats stood around the outside of the broken snare, looking pleased that they’d “stuck it to the man” who tried to lure them inside some rudimentary masking-tape trap.

So what did I learn from my experiment? Yes, sometimes a circle can trap a cat, but they’re smart and catch on pretty quickly. Then they band together and destroy the trap.

Also, they like to lick tape, but I already knew that.

Have you tried to trap your cat inside a circle? Try it and tell us about the results in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.