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Woman can't stop eating cat hair, says it's like 'cotton candy'
MSN News ^ | Januaary 30, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 01/31/2013 10:58:13 PM PST by LucyT

We know you're out there, cat lovers, but how much do you REALLY love your cat? Have you ever actually tasted your feline? Meet Lisa, who loves her kitty so much that she eats the fur.

The 43-year-old Michigan woman, featured in the upcoming season of TLC's "My Strange Addiction," snacks on a smidge of cat hair every two hours and has downed more than 3,200 hairballs over the past 15 years.

She doesn't cough them up cat-style, either: She swallows them.

The fur gourmand explains that she eats fur off the floor and furniture, but that "the best ones are right off the cat."

Video at link.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: addiction; mentalillness
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1 posted on 01/31/2013 10:58:18 PM PST by LucyT
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To: Slings and Arrows; MestaMachine; thouworm; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; Godzilla; Domestic Church; ...

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Kitteh Ping.

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2 posted on 01/31/2013 11:05:33 PM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: LucyT

I guess I don’t truly love our 39 cats. I’ve never even once considered eating their hair. I must be a bad “mommy”. LOL!


3 posted on 01/31/2013 11:07:16 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Research that has been done on the causes of pica suggests that the disorder is a specific appetite caused by mineral deficiency in many cases, such as iron deficiency, which sometimes is a result of celiac disease[3] or hookworm infection.[10] Often the substance eaten by someone with pica contains the mineral in which that individual is deficient.[11]

More recently, cases of pica have been tied to the obsessive–compulsive spectrum, and there is a move to consider OCD in the etiology of pica.[12] However, pica is currently recognized as a mental disorder by the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Sensory, physiological, cultural and psychosocial perspectives have also been used by some to explain the causation of pica.

It has been proposed that mental-health conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and schizophrenia, can sometimes cause pica.


4 posted on 01/31/2013 11:14:46 PM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: LucyT

I might have a mineral deficiency, one that is mainly found in pastries and pies. ;-)


5 posted on 01/31/2013 11:23:22 PM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: LucyT

Will she also cough up a hairball?


6 posted on 01/31/2013 11:28:41 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: max americana

This article just about made me hurl.

Does that count?


7 posted on 01/31/2013 11:40:30 PM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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8 posted on 01/31/2013 11:50:25 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: LucyT

We live in an age where people think they have an answer for anything.


11 posted on 02/01/2013 12:00:49 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

bttt


12 posted on 02/01/2013 12:17:49 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Salamander
Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Cat Hair.

Lisa's moggie looks as if she needs serious therapy now.


13 posted on 02/01/2013 12:21:24 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Turn the addiction into profit. Knit a sweater....nevermind...I see she's from Detroit.
14 posted on 02/01/2013 12:28:31 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: radu
Why not go for forty?

Forty is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order.

The number 40 is used in Jewish and Christian traditions to represent a large, approximate number: "umpteen".

In baseball, each team in Major League Baseball is allowed to have 40 players under major-league contracts at any given time.

40

15 posted on 02/01/2013 1:01:08 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Daffynition

Poor thing.


16 posted on 02/01/2013 1:32:22 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition
I'd rather

if, for some crazy reason, I HAD to.

*Much* cleaner animals.

17 posted on 02/01/2013 1:45:07 AM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: LucyT
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Not often, indeed hardly ever at all, but once in a blue moon here, I do not have to see the comment to know exactly what it was.
18 posted on 02/01/2013 2:23:37 AM PST by golux
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To: LucyT

Celebrate Diversity (because you can’t call anyone crazy anymore)


19 posted on 02/01/2013 2:25:43 AM PST by rusty millet
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To: LucyT

Do you think Lisa votes democrat?


20 posted on 02/01/2013 2:29:31 AM PST by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
We've had forty cats. Actually, the most we had at once was 55 but we lost several the past couple of years due to old age or illness.

We'll have forty again before much longer, I'm sure. We're overdue for another stray to be dumped at the farm, which is why we have so many. It'll be spayed/neutered ASAP, as all the others have been. We have to maintain at least a little control of our population. LOL!

21 posted on 02/01/2013 2:41:04 AM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: golux
eating 'cat' hair, eh?
22 posted on 02/01/2013 2:47:44 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: LucyT
she eats fur off the floor and furniture

I should invite her over for dinner. Afterwards I can give her my vaccuum sweeper and she can pick up dessert........

23 posted on 02/01/2013 2:54:54 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: LucyT

Guess we know her party affiliation


24 posted on 02/01/2013 3:18:23 AM PST by ronnie raygun ( Lexington / Concord, America's first gun grab attempt)
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To: LucyT

I love my 6 cats, but never once have I ever considered eating their hair. Although I have had my face tickled by it!


25 posted on 02/01/2013 4:19:09 AM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: radu

I guess I don’t truly love our 39 cats. I’ve never even once considered eating their hair. I must be a bad “mommy”. LOL!


39 cats, nice. My wife has me limited out at 2; a very spoiled 2.


26 posted on 02/01/2013 4:20:28 AM PST by bytesmith
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To: LucyT
That is the nastiest thing I have heard today.

Can you imagine all the dirt, grease, germs, fecal matter, etc. that coats these hairs. Cats groom themselves with their tongue, so every hair has been in that cat's filthy mouth.

Was this report done from the woman's hospital room, at her funeral, or in an insane asylum?

27 posted on 02/01/2013 4:49:11 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Maybe her upcoming bezoar-removal surgery will break her of the habit.

And she’s going to be on a TV show? Why must we celebrate insane perverts and their proclivities?

I forgive you for the ping because you were my first Free Republic friend and helped me so much when I first signed on!

The YouTube link arrived in an email this morning. My stomach has not settled just yet... ;-)


28 posted on 02/01/2013 4:59:31 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: radu

39 cats!? no comment heh.


29 posted on 02/01/2013 5:20:23 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: LucyT

30 posted on 02/01/2013 5:33:43 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Salamander
You are blessed.


31 posted on 02/01/2013 5:45:00 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Darksheare; Borax Queen
Snake sammich with cat hair.....

I knew right away this was Darks fault!

32 posted on 02/01/2013 5:46:45 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: radu

So I guess you have enough imports that you don’t need any domestic production of kittehs? :)


33 posted on 02/01/2013 7:04:28 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: Mister Da

All three of my cats occasionally sleep in or on my bed. I’ve found enough granules of kitty litter in there to keep me from even entertaining the thought of eating cat hair.


34 posted on 02/01/2013 7:06:15 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: radu
We have to maintain at least a little litter control of our population.

... ;-)
35 posted on 02/01/2013 7:14:55 AM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Lakeshark; Darksheare

I’m going to throw up, Sharky, how could you???!!!! SICK.


36 posted on 02/01/2013 7:38:14 AM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Borax Queen; Lakeshark

o_O


37 posted on 02/01/2013 7:40:45 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: LucyT; Slings and Arrows; pbmaltzman; radu; MestaMachine; Berlin_Freeper; Yaelle; ExTexasRedhead; ..
From the looks of this Lisa (she is morbidly obese), it seems that she does indeed have a compulsive disorder: compulsively sticking things in her mouth and swallowing them, whether edible or not.

She is fortunate that, in so far as we know, she hasn't suffered a stomach or intestinal obstruction from the fur balls she's ingested. Such a problem is more common in cats and other animals, but does occur in humans as well.

38 posted on 02/01/2013 8:08:33 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: LucyT

ugh. This makes me want to throw up


39 posted on 02/01/2013 8:12:11 AM PST by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: LucyT

I eat cat hair though not intentionally. Her Highness of the Universe and Beyond owns my desk, my comfy chair, my throw and my bed so it is impossible not to have a few fur balls myself. Sadly, it doesn’t taste like cotton candy.


40 posted on 02/01/2013 9:33:05 AM PST by bgill (Welcome to Amerika.)
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To: Borax Queen; Darksheare
Moi?

Moi?

As I said in my first post, Twas Darks fault......

:-)

41 posted on 02/01/2013 9:53:26 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Lakeshark; Borax Queen

I had a dentist appoitnment yesteray.
I know, shocking.
Little ole wraith me having ot see a dentist.
[Hey, possessing bodies is hard, they break you know!]

So what happens?
Get told “Hey, we’re going to stick this fluoride gel on those chompers.”

The stuff smelled like mint but tasted like what you’d expect rubber cement to taste like.
Felt like rubber cement too.

I have no need or urge to eat any cat hair.
Though if you are owned by cats you end up eating enough of their hair because they share with you.

So do dogs.
Reptiles don’t share, so they’re superior in that respect.


42 posted on 02/01/2013 10:04:21 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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Though if you are owned by cats

Stopped me right there, I know a certain AZ rattler that might have that problem..........

43 posted on 02/01/2013 10:16:25 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Lakeshark; Borax Queen

But AZ rattlers don’t have hair to share.


44 posted on 02/01/2013 10:22:25 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare; Borax Queen
Our snakely one has no problem with excess fur.......

Strangles it, makes a sammich, then burps.

45 posted on 02/01/2013 10:30:26 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Daffynition

Maybe so but I still wouldn’t lick *them*, either....;D

[I would do anything for love...but I won’t do that]


46 posted on 02/01/2013 11:24:07 AM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: bytesmith
My wife has me limited out at 2; a very spoiled 2.

I don't remember what it's like to have only 2, it's been so long since I had that few. LOL! But even with as many as we have, we spoil them.

47 posted on 02/01/2013 12:11:54 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
So I guess you have enough imports that you don’t need any domestic production of kittehs? :)

Exactly! LOL! Babeh kittehs only happen when a preggers kitteh shows up on the doorstep. Or when a kitten is dumped. Our most recent newbie was about 4 months old when she showed up.

48 posted on 02/01/2013 12:21:00 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: fattigermaster

Thanks for your graphic.

I’m still laughing.


49 posted on 02/01/2013 1:18:15 PM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: justiceseeker93; Slings and Arrows; Daffynition; TheOldLady; bgill; Salamander; MamaDearest; ...

Jmo: She only drinks colas, eats junk foods, and cat hair. After years of consuming small amounts of cat feces in cat hair, she may have brain parasites, also, of which there is no cure.

My unofficial diagnosis: She needs iron, calcium, and zinc and in addition, she would benefit from a healthier diet, including food sources of manganese found in spinach, kale, chard, raspberries, pineapple, strawberries, romaine lettuce, collard greens, garlic, summer squash, grapes, turnip greens, eggplant, and brown rice.


50 posted on 02/01/2013 1:20:57 PM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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