Sometimes the cat really does have her tongue.
Lisa habitually eats her kitty’s hair — off the floor, off the couch — but her favorite way is licking it right off the cat.
The 43-year-old Detroit, Mich., woman cannot go more than two hours without consuming her feline’s fur and has digested more than 3,200 hairballs since her addiction began, according to a segment of TLC’s “My Strange Addiction.”
Dr. Andre Fedida, a gastroenterologist in Newark, N.J. (who does not treat Lisa), told The Huffington Post she “probably” has a trichobezoar, a mass of hair in her digestive tract. According to the Mayo Clinic, trichobezoars “may occur in people with psychiatric illness or developmental disabilities.”
“It’s not a very common syndrome but it is a syndrome associated with psychiatric disorders,” Dr. Fedida said. “I’ve had probably a half-dozen patients like that, mostly females. They almost always have some underlying psychiatric disorder.