I may be a crazy cat lady, but not crazy enough to eat cat hair.
I don’t usually watch those “Strange Addiction” shows because they’re essentially just freak shows on TV. I suppose my logic is flawed since I watch Jersey Shore, but watching people who most likely have mental issues is not my cup of tea. The other night, though, I did watch one episode. One, because there was a couple from Tampa on there and I was curious, and two, because the other featured addiction was this lady who ate cat hair. The couple from Tampa was odd, they’re addicted to coffee enemas. If you don’t know what that is, you’re not missing out. Apparently they’re supposed to have some major health benefits but I’d rather not find out. Anyway, you’re not supposed to spend 5 hours a day doing coffee enemas even if you DO believe in their health benefits. But they did. I don’t know where they find the time.
But this other lady, she was a normal (well, normal for me, she had a bunch of tattoos and looked like she was into punk or some other alternative genre) lady with cats. I didn’t have my entire attention on the show the whole time so forgive me if I don’t get the story just right, but it was something like one of her cats became ill, and while the cat was being nursed back to health, she started licking the cat as a mother cat would do to a kitten. I’m not sure if she read this was supposed to help the cat recover or feel more comfortable, but I assume so. I tried googling but I lost interest after two different search term attempts. Anyway, she decided she really liked the feel of the cat hair in her mouth, so she started eating it. She says now she finds clumps of fur, checks to see if they’re clean (how the HELL do you know if a clump of fur is clean? I’d really like to know the criteria on that) and then chews and eats it. Says she enjoys the texture, it’s like eating cotton. Um, who likes eating cotton?
Personally, I’m very annoyed when I get cat hair in my mouth. Particularly after I’ve just put on a coat of sticky lip gloss. Ugh. I’ll do a lot of weird things for my cats. I love them to death. They’re my children. And I know a lot of people don’t understand what *I* do. But eating cat hair is NOT going to make me feel closer to my cats. Petting them will suffice just fine. I didn’t watch the end so I don’t know if she got professional help for this addiction, but I sincerely hope so, because I imagine it has less to do with loving her cats (which I have no doubt that she does) than it does with some sort of unhealthy compulsion.
So please, if you saw that show and think that all self-proclaimed crazy cat ladies are indeed that crazy, we are not.
I had a friend years ago who licked her cats. I don’t think she ate their fur, but you never know.
I mean, I guess whatever works, right? As long as the cat doesn’t mind…
Right?! That lady makes my obsession (albeit unrealized) of making hair dolls out of cat hair look totally, 100 percent normal.
There’s books about that, and I learned how to make a silouette portrait of your kitty out of their hair on Must Love Cats. Which I think is actually just a show to make crazy cat ladies feel less crazy.
This is true. There are NOT books about eating cat hair–at least that I’m aware of–so this suggests there is an open market?! Opportunity meows!
I have acid reflux. I’m not TOTALLY sure, but I think cat hair is bad for that. This million dollar idea is all yours!
There is an etsy shop for someone who will make a little doll that looks like your cat. I forget if it is made of cat hair, though.
It cracks me up what they are filling up the needless 400 channels with. Wow, and I thought I was a caffiene addict, weird or what. I don’t imagine ‘Catgirl’ feels too odd about her behaviour since she was will to broadcast it to complete strangers but that’s a new one for sure.
That’s the funny thing, she was afraid to tell her friend but broadcasting to millions was totally ok. I’m very rarely embarrassed about things and would probably say I ate cat hair on TV if someone paid me handsomely…but I’m pretty sure she was serious.
I do kiss my cats, not on the mouth, and actually one of them won’t let me but I still try.
Really? People lick their cats? Do they have furball envy?
Also, I can guess what a coffee enema is but I don’t really even understand how you could have five hours worth a day. Firstly, who has the time and secondly where does it all go,,, I mean that must be a lot of coffee, no? Am I getting this all wrong? I hope so.
I kiss mine too. But I actively avoid getting hair in my mouth.
I don’t really understand how they have all this time either, or the patience, because the 15 minutes it takes me to neti-pot out my sinuses is a complete and utter bother to me. And they did show the “used” coffee…they flush it. So at least they keep the sewage as sewage. And yes, it is an immense amount of coffee, and they didn’t even buy cheap stuff.
In any event you would remove fur that did get caught, as you ascertained, it’s the sensible thing to do.
haha I am deeply disturbed by the fact that they showed the “used” coffee as you put it but at least it went where it belongs. I am also slightly disturbed by the existence of the neti-pot, which Google has enlightened me to, as far as i’m aware we have no equivalent in the UK. Nasal sprays are not comparable. Still…it makes sense, I guess! I would probably resent such an activity taking fifteen minutes of my day also.
Wow, no neti pot? Really? I thought it was like, a globally hippie sort of thing to do. Although I was originally hesitant to use it because the idea of putting water up my nose was only relatable to the times that I’ve been in the pool or ocean or shower and gotten water up my nose which is an altogether unpleasant feeling…but the neti pot is really quite tame. I AM still afraid of sprays, though.