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Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros, "cat"), also known as aelurophobia, felinophobia (from feles, Latin for cat) and elurophobia, is the fear of cats. Some people only fear greater cats, like lions and tigers, while others may fear lesser cats. Sufferers who have cats in their home would stay in the room at all times with door closed. People fear house cats because they are afraid that may get bitten by them, cats breaking things, or even getting annoyed of cats meowing.

Ailurophobia is most commonly treated using exposure therapy, which involves first touching different velvets, then getting accustomed to a toy kitten, then finally a live kitten.

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