|Purred: Fri May 9, '08 7:53am PST |
|Recently, Harvey's habit of eating my hair to get my attention (usually because he wants junk food) is getting worse. Usually he puts his front paws on my shoulders and starts ripping the hair on my scalp out by the roots, but recently he's discovered that when I am lying down, asleep, my head is even more accessible, and you haven't lived until you've been woken up at 3 am by a 15 pound Maine Coon ripping out your hair.
Actually, my question is not so much regarding the behavior (who knows what's going on in Harvey's mind? Probably not even Harvey), but the health issues involved. I have long hair, and even when my kitties aren't actively chomping down on it, they often ingest hairs that have fallen to the floor (yeah, I should vacuum more often, but people shed, too). I know that they are ingesting my hair because sometimes their stools come out connected to each other like beads on a string because they are all connected to one of my hairs. This is all very amusing, but I'm wondering if it could be harmful to them, the way string is. Granted, I've had long hair, cats, and the above problem for well over 20 years, and no one has gotten sick over it, but I'm just wondering if this could pose a serious health concern. If so, I'd better start vacuuming more.
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