Lisa Eats Her Cat’s Hair, Has Consumed More Than 3,200 Hairballs

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.


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