Ailurophobia (also known as felinophobia, elurophobia, and cat phobia) is a term that refers to a specific phobia, or irrational fear, of cats. The symptoms of this can range from merely feeling a sense of loathing all the way to experiencing full-fledged attacks of anxiety or panic at the sight or presence of a cat, either domesticated or wild. This type of phobia can be treated by psychologists and/or psychiatrists, usually by means of gradual exposure.

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