Categories: Ailurophobia

People Who Hate Cats Are Scared of Cats

The facts of the matter is that people who hate cats are in fact often scared of cats which is why they hate them and the video below sort of proves my point. And these were cute kittens. It’s called ailurophobia.

Look at their faces; you can tell that they’re frightened of cats. They open the box gingerly and their attitude at the outset is one of fear so the cat has to overcome that before they can make any progress in interacting with the person. Even when they see they are cute kittens the fear remains until it fades a bit.

What I’m saying is the default attitude of the people in the video is one of fear of cats. Some of them overcame their fear to a certain extent and got used to having one of the kittens around them (the white one) but even then they were waiting for the moment the cat scratches them.

It seems to me that a cat’s claws are the ‘weapons’ that most frightens them. It is probably also fair to say that the participants were quite outspoken, had opinions and had quite strong voices. It is possible therefore that they would express their fear and hatred of cats through words and body language which a cat would pick up on. It could create some tension which could lead to the cat scratching the person particularly if the person didn’t know how to handle cats. As you can see that they didn’t have that skill. This would reinforce their fear.

I have waffled on long enough. People who hate cats are terrified of them which is why they hate them.

I’m reminded of a saying by a native Indian, Chief Dan George which I think is appropriate in this instance. Here it is:

If you talk to the animals
they will talk to you
and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them
you will not know them
and what you do not know
you will fear.
What one fears, one destroys.

I think it fits nicely into what I know of the attitudes of people who are scared of cats. They don’t understand cats and as a consequence some of these people would like to see unwanted and feral cats killed. They even want domestic cats killed.

They might not express their desire to kill cats but they probably hold the thought in their heads. Some might abuse cats from time to time. Some of them shoot cats and openly admit it on social media. They might even brag about it. They won’t admit that there scared of cats. They justify their beliefs by saying that cats spread disease and are smelly or they kill native species.



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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • To make things even worse for the cats are the superstitions that go along with cats. The biggest that comes to mind is "don't let a cat near your baby, he will suck the breath out of the baby and kill her." People still believe that.

    FALSE! My siblings, child, and I are all still alive after sleeping with cats as small children. The mother just needs to keep an eye on the infant.

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