Cat accidentally steps on the glue trap… What should you do?

Quick Answer:

If you find your cat stuck in a glue trap or tangled up in fly paper, the first thing you'll want to do is remain calm, and help your cat remain that way too. Getting overly stressed out and making rash decisions – like tearing the trap from your skin – will only make matters worse. That being said, the first thing you want to do is cautiously and gradually pull the trap away from your skin.

When a cat accidentally steps into a glue trap, there’s not much you can do. However, what you should do depends on the circumstances and your pet’s personality.

Keep in mind that cats have excellent memories, so if they were afraid when they escaped then they will remember that fear whenever they encounter something that reminds them of their previous experience.

You can also consider how badly your cat was injured, and if it is possible for your pet to catch an infection from it or not. Unless your cat has severe injuries and internal bleeding caused by the trap, it is unlikely that it will get sick from stepping inside one of these traps.

Read on to learn more about what you should do when a cat gets stuck in glue traps…

How to get mouse trap glue off a cat’s fur or paws?

Glue traps, also known as glue boards or sticky boards, are often made of plastic trays or sheets of cardboard that have been coated with an ultra-strong adhesive. Mice, rats, and other small creatures that come into contact with the glue become immobilized and unable to get out.

Sadly, glue traps can cause potential headaches for you and your pets. Thankfully, as you learned in this article, there are easy ways to remove mouse trap glue!

Apply baby oil, cooking oil, or any oil

Oils are among the best and safest solvents for removing glue from animal hair or fur. Any vegetable-based oil will work, such as canola oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, or peanut oil.

You’ll need a pair of gloves, a dishtowel, baby oil, cooking oil or other oil, some tissues, a damp cloth, and a secure container or shoebox with air vents.

Cover the animal’s head with the dishtowel to calm him or her down. Then, wearing a pair of gloves, gently massage cooking oil or any oil into your cat’s fur or at the points where the animal is caught to remove the glue. Once all of the glue is removed, clean your cat’s fur.

Peanut butter

Alternatively, you can massage peanut butter into your cat’s fur to remove the adhesive from its coat. It’s best not to use eucalyptus, tea tree, or citrus oil to dissolve the adhesive because these oils are harmful to cats.

Avoid utilizing solvents such as paint thinner or acetone as well. 

Talk to your cat

If your pet is still stuck in the trap, then you need to talk to them. Their fear and anxiety will quickly calm down when they are distracted by conversation. You can try talking to them quietly or at a low volume so that they don’t startle them.

It’s best to approach your cat from the direction where they were last seen so that they can be more comfortable with you coming into their space.

If you want to release your pet but don’t want them to go too far, then simply pick up the trap and carry it outside for disposal. You can also use something like a rolled-up towel or piece of paper as a substitute.

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Pick up the trap and dump it in a safe place

If your cat is still trapped, you can try to pick it up and dump it. This will help prevent your cat from catching any infections.

If your cat is too injured to pick up and dump the trap, then make sure that you take care of it as soon as possible. You can give them some water and see if there’s anything else that you can do for their health or comfort.

Try comforting your cat

If your cat seems to be in a daze and is not able to escape the glue, try comforting your pet. Cats are often more accepting of comforting words than the act of being picked up. Stroke their fur, lean against them, and try to make eye contact with them while speaking softly.

Try to reassure them that they will be able to escape soon and that you will take care of any medical needs they may need as well.

Call a pro if you can’t pick up the trap or do it yourself

If you can’t pick up traps or do it yourself, then you should call a pro. If you are feeling confident about animal safety issues and don’t want to spend money on a service like this, then you may also consider trying to de-trap the cat yourself.

You can remove the glue from the traps by using a knife or food scraper and trapping your pet in a small room until they stop struggling. Next, apply ice to the area of your cat’s paw that was trapped.

If your cat is still struggling inside the trap and seems uncomfortable or sick, then you should call a professional and have them come out to help free them. They will likely use something like an airsoft gun to shoot de-toxifying gas into the trap and make sure that your cat is safe before they release them back outside again.

Take note of where your cat was trapped

Take a photo of where your cat was trapped. You can take this photo to document evidence and show it to the veterinarian later.

Always remember to remain calm whenever these things happen to your household pets. Getting overly stressed out and making rash decisions will only make matters worse. 


One of the most common emergencies with your pets is when a cat gets stuck in a glue trap. Cats are notoriously difficult to trap and sometimes the only option is to talk to them and try to gently coax them out.

If you can’t pick up the trap or your cat is refusing to come out, you should call a professional or take note of where your cat was trapped so that you can do it yourself in the future.


What should you do if your cat gets stuck on glue traps?

The best way to help cats that are stuck would be to try to find the trap and release the tension using the mechanism that attaches the trap to the floor or door.

Many glue traps have a lever or button that you can use to release the tension. If you can’t find the trap, then you can try to release them from the sticky grip of their paws.

You could also give them some water or something else they like, so they’re not so thirsty and frustrated. If it doesn’t help, then you can contact a wildlife rehabilitation center and see if they’ll take care of your cat.

If your cat is trapped inside a glue trap, there isn’t much you can do for them but provide comfort and care. Give them water and something to eat if they seem like they need it, but don’t let them paw at the glue or turn themselves around too much because this could make their paw worse.

Try to get someone else to come over so that you two can go outside the room while they try to free your cat. It may take some time, but glue trap manufacturers make these traps pretty durable so if your cat is trapped inside one of those it should be able to get free on its own eventually.

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