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Ailurophobia is also called felinophobia. The former is more commonly used word. Ailurophobia is one of many anxiety-related disorders, which have been defined such as: agoraphobia (fear of crowds), acrophobia (fear of heights), and arachnophobia (fear of spiders).
A phobia about cats does not seem to be linked to a dislike of cats. I guess it has to be a fear, an irrational fear. What causes the fear? I don't think even scientists are always certain about the causes. The fear may be the result of a bad interaction with a cat at an early age. That is the common sense answer.
Although many children may have a fear of certain animals at an early age, they often grow out of it but adults who continue to retain a fear of certain animals including of course cats appear not to have grown out of the problem.
The symptoms of a cat phobia may include: sweating, dizziness and breathlessness. Sometimes the symptoms could be more severe such as heart palpitations and a full-blown panic attack.
Treatments range from traditional psychotherapies to behaviour therapies and hypnosis.