|Poe's The Black Cat ... a favourite of mine for reading to young nieces and nephews|
Noun. Early 20th century.
[from Greek ailouros cat + -PHOBIA.]
Irrational fear of cats.
While we're on the subject of cats, here's ailurophobia for you. The poor creatures just can't win! Whether you're a deranged ailurophile or a cowering ailurophobe, cats are shown in a negative light. I've scoured the ailuro- words for one that means "A balanced view of cats that casts neither feline nor human in a pejorative light," but alas! I cannot find one! I do seem to have stumbled upon a need in the English language however, as one occasionally does. Let's hope that this void can be filled soon. One can but dream ...
Please post any suggestions as to what this word might be below.