Did You Know?
Gatophobia is the fear of cats.
Ailurophobia describes an intense fear of cats that’s strong enough to cause panic and anxiety when around or thinking about cats. This specific phobia is also known as elurophobia, gatophobia, and felinophobia.
If you’ve ever been bitten or scratched by a cat, you might feel nervous around them. Or, you may simply dislike cats. In either case, you probably won’t go out of your way to interact with them, and you likely won’t spend too much worrying about them.
A phobia goes beyond mild fear or dislike. If you have ailurophobia, you might spend a lot of time worrying about encountering cats and thinking about ways to avoid them. This can have a big effect on your daily life, especially given the popularity of cats as pets.