February 5, 2007


ailurophilia n. a liking for cats, as by cat fanciers. (ay-LOOR-uh-file, eye-LOOr-) Also, aelurophilia.
--Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Famous ailurophiles include Albert Schweitzer who, although left-handed, would write with his right hand rather than distrub his cat who would sleep on his left arm, and the prophet Mohammed, who cut off his sleeve rather than wake a cat which was sleeping on it.
--Cat Lingo http://www.kinrossfolds.com/cattery/glossary.html

Q: Is there a vocabulary
ailurophiles use to describe cat personalities?
A: Yes, and it's called the Kinross Glossary of Terms:

Affectionate means a breed that is very demonstrative in its affection.
Reserved means a less demonstrative breed (but just as loving).
Active means an animal always on the go; the typical overgrown kitten.
Tranquil means a sedate and dignified animal.
Quiet means a non-talking breed.
Vocal means the cat won't shut up.


A local ailurophile of note is my sister Anne whose feline friends are named Molly and Milly.--B'n J'n'



  1. When I saw Mollie and Millie at the pound as kittens, it was ineluctable, I had to take them home being the ailurophile that I am. Annenonymous

  2. Take Three!
    When I saw Mollie and Mille as kittens in the pound, it was ineluctable, they had to be mine, being the ailurophile that I am. The girls were so sweet then and still are 11 years later.