Fear of cats...

@howard96h (11643)
New York, New York
February 12, 2007 5:41pm CST
Does anyone know how to get rid of a fear of cats? When I was a young boy I saw a store on fire and there was a cat behind the closed window and on fire. No one could get the cat out. The screams of that burning cat still haunts me today. Oh how I wish it never happened.
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• Canada
6 Mar 07
What a horrible thing to have to witness. I tend to agree with the others who said that it's more likely to be a fear of being trapped somewhere thats burning and not being able to get out. I don't think that owning a cat would constantly remind you of what you witnessed. In fact it may actually help you get over the incident. I wish you luck.
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
6 Mar 07
I never looked at it that way, good point you made. Hmmmm Thank you. +
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Well it sounds like you had a dramatic experience and I dont think you will ever get over it. That will always be locked in the back of your mind. I dont think you have a fear of cats you just dont want to see them because it brings it all back when you see a cat. Thats my analythesis of it all. Im sorry this happened to you and I hope someday day you can forget it completely. I have 3 of them they are my babies.LOL
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
7 Mar 07
Thank you for understanding. So you have three huh, they must keep you busy. Animals are such great companions and I believe when they say that animals helps to lower blood pressure causing a calming effect to the owner. Do you agree?
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
7 Mar 07
They make my blood pressure higher because they are all jealous of each other and then they fight. And I have to yell for them to stop. Yes I do believe animals can help with your blood pressure they are truly good companions. And by the way Im stillnot getting my emails. Are you?
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
7 Mar 07
I received a message from mylot and they told me they are still working on it. Hope it is soon, I like getting the emails.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
21 May 07
That is kind of scary. Sorry you had to see/hear that. Maybe try adopting a kitten/cat and just become it's main caregiver and by that, you will build a bond with the kitten/cat. It might help? That is the only advice I can give as of now. I do think it would be worth a shot.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
21 May 07
If you can't have a cat right now for yourself, you can always go to a local adoption place for animals and ask if they need help. Sometimes they need help with their cats. I know here, you can help with the cats by feeding them, playing with them and just getting them ready to be adopted out.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
22 May 07
I never even thought of that Foxxee, thank you so much for your great advice.
@ginagee (843)
13 Mar 07
Howard, now listen to me, go and get yourself acquainted with a local pussie and you'll get over your fear. I am truly sorry that you had to experience such a nasty thing at such a tender age but it's now time for you to deal with this. Please have no fear of cats, they are lovely creatures and are very good for calming oneself down. A few strokes and you'll wonder why you never did it before. That is your mission, I expect to hear back from you in the next week that you have made some progress with this. Take care, I'll be thinking of you. purr!
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
14 Mar 07
I like your straight forward approach. I can't believe it's like 44 years to drag this baggage around. I will work on it. I really want to. Thanks.
@ginagee (843)
14 Mar 07
Good on you howard, that's the way to go! I have faith in you!
• United States
6 Jun 07
I have a house of a zillion cats. Come for a visit.. .you will either run home screaming or be over that fear quick! lol
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
6 Jun 07
You just made me spit diet pepsi all over the keyboard!!!
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
24 May 07
You are not afraid of cats but of something horrible happening to them if you were taking care of them. It was not your fault that they could not get the cats out. You could help at a vet hospital or get close to some kittens. Pet them or something and then gradually get used to older cats.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
24 May 07
Maybe this will work, it is worth a try. I see your point to gradually work my way up to getting close to them again. Thank you for your reply.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
24 May 07
I'm not sure I know when I was younger I thought a boy that lived near by not to be scared of dogs. With seeing cats in a fire and being young that had to of been a nightmare. I am sorry to read about this.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
24 May 07
Thanks Shaun, it was a nightmare and still is. Thanks for your response.
@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
18 May 07
I'm so sorry that you had to see something so awful!! I actually got a tear in my eye when I was reading you story cause it's just so horrible! Maybe getting a cat would actually help you to heal or something, because then you would be able to actually take care of it and protect it from bad things like that. Maybe that would make you feel better, and then you would have new and happy memories to associate with cats instead of that awful one. I'm no expert, but just thought maybe that could help! I hope you are able to get past that awful experience!
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
18 May 07
Thank you for understanding Elisa. I've had people tell me just to get over it, it's not that easy. I do hope when ever I move from this building to adopt one and give a cat lots of love and like you say protect him/her from bad things. I do think this is good for the healing process. Do you have any pets?
@moomincat (321)
14 Mar 07
Could you get a cat and have it as a pet. I can really recommend a Burmese they are wonderful companions. That way you will replace all your negative feelings and memories with something rewarding and very beautiful Everyone should experience owning a cat sometime in their life.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
14 Mar 07
Where I live now no one in the apartment building is allowed any pets. After I move to Florida I plan on having some animals and I think a cat should be one of them. Thanks.
@tigrashadow (1086)
• Australia
13 Mar 07
wow that is such a traumatic and horrible thing to have to go through as a young child. unfortunately it is something that ones mind wont forget but therapy may help deal with it. even as a child you may have felt so bad and guilty that you were too small to help and that is understandable. you may actually have a post traumatic stress and should go to therapy for it...as should your sister. they often find ways to try and help you with your fears and flashbacks and you may even be able to touch a cat after it....i personally dont think that exposing yourself or your sister to cats will benefit until you understand the emotional side and get help for it. im sure you have tried over the years without success....your situation isnt exactly a 'normal' one (not like a dog bite so fear dogs type thing). i do hope that you find a psychiatrist who can help with the traumatic stress that you suffer. take care and good luck
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
14 Mar 07
Thank you for your kind words and advice. I love animals so much and I do need to get the right therapy so I can put this behind me. Thanks again.
@cultoffury (1283)
• India
14 Feb 07
I am not sure about that. Most of the people's fear for such peculiar things happen because of some childhood incident. My friend has the fear of crows. When she was a kid, some crow snatched a biscuit from her hands, that gave her this.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
14 Feb 07
Me either. Bothers me a lot. Thank you for responding to this.
@irishmist (3819)
• United States
6 Jun 07
You should'nt fear cats for this reason. What happened was not your fault. I'm sorry you had to see such a sight. What you can do is treat every unfortunate cat you come in contact with love, and help them. All animals need our help. Where back so far in the day, when animals ran free, and we tried to domesticate them, sometimes it was good, sometimes not. But this should not stop us from helping our little friends. They really need us! I would take in every stray if I could.