A. Listen to Scott, a doctor talking about his cat phobia. What happens if he sees a cat?

B. Listen again and answer the questions.

 What’s the medical name of his phobia?

 How long has he had his phobia?

 How did it start?

 Does his phobia affect his work?

 What treatment is he having?

 Does he think his phobia will disappear?



He starts to feel very nervous, his heart beats quickly.

And he has to go away very quickly from where the cat is.


1   Felinophobia or Gatophobia.

2   Since he was fire or six years old.

3   A friend’s cat bit him.

4   Yes, sometimes. (He can’t be in the same room as a cat. He has to ask people to take the cat out of the room.)

5   He’s going to a therapist. (After three sessions he can look at a photo of a cat and touch a toy cat.)

6   Yes, he’s optimistic. (He thinks one day he might have a cat as a pet.)


I = interviewer, S = Scott

I    What exactly is your phobia, Scott?

S   Well, the medical name is Felinophobia or Gatophobia.

I    And what does that mean exactly?

S   It means I’m afraid of cats.

I    Cats?

S   Yes.

I    How long have you had this phobia?

S   Since I was a child.

I    And how did it start?

S   When I was five or six years old, I remember going to a friend’s house and I saw a cat on the stairs. And the cat was looking at me, well staring at me. I went to touch it, and it bit me. And since then I’ve always been afraid of cats.

I    What happens if you see a cat?

S   Well, I start to feel very nervous, my hearts beats quickly. And I have to go away very quickly from where the cat is. For example, if I see a cat in the street, I always cross to the other side.

I    What do you do?

S   I’m a doctor.

I    Is your phobia a problem for you in your work?

S   Yes, sometimes. For example, if I go to a house and there is a cat, I have to ask the people to put the cat in another room. I can’t be in the same room as a cat.

I    Have you ever had any treatment for your phobia?

S   Yes, I’ve just started going to a therapist. I’ve had three sessions.

I    How’s it going?

S   Well, now I can look at a photo of a cat without feeling nervous or afraid. And I can touch a toy cat. The next step will be to be in a room with a real cat.

I    Do you think you will ever lose your phobia of cats?

S   I hope so. I’m optimistic. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have a cat as a pet.

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