An abnormal and persistent anxiety about kitties which creates an undue anxiety response and even though sufferers understand their particular anxiety is irrational. Sufferers of ailurophobia may worry not just the scrape or bite of a cat, and the "evil mystique" of cats as depicted in Halloween folklore and such literary works as Edgar Allen Poe's "The Ebony Cat."
"morbid concern about cats," 1905, from -phobia "fear" + ailouros "cat," that is of not known beginning. People etymology connects it with aiolos "quick-moving" + oura "tail." Associated: Ailurophobe (1914).
a morbid anxiety about kitties