Our expert says:
Thandeka, you seem to be describing, perfectly, a typical specific phobia, a cat phobia. See a pssychiatrist as this can be easily and very successfully treated, freeing you from this irrational but overpowering fear. You could become so comfortable with cats that not only would they not bother you, you might even select one as a pet, believe it or not. But DO see a shrink for an assessment and discussion of treatment options
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