Jean Diffenthal, 55 is from Durban, but has been living in Reading in the UK for the past 16 years

She’s had a crippling phobia of cats for as long as she can remember. The fear is so great that she can’t even look at a photograph of a cat without getting the ‘heebie jeebies’. She wasn’t able to enjoy watching the recent Bohemian Rhapsody movie either, as Freddie Mercury had pet cats in his house.

Diffenthal pays her relatives to put their cats in a cattery when she returns to SA to visit.

While she tried seeking help from a hypnotherapist five years ago, Diffenthal says the therapy didn’t work, and is still seeking answers to help her overcome her crippling fear of cats.

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