I’ve been a Germaphobe for years. If I constantly stay clean and free of germs, I can never get sick. Those who can’t get sick cannot enjoy the refreshing benefits of a stronger immune system. I found the gate to attack this fear. I’ve noticed that I’m not afraid of dirt even though it’s riddled with germs. I’ve taken up gardening since that’s pretty much all dirt. After getting used to “playing” with dirt, I moved up the latter to caring for fish. That got me used to touching dirty water and fish excrement. Afterwards, I moved even further up, taking care of hermit crabs and snails. Though that was just to become more responsible while recovering. After that, I’ve adopted 2 mice.
After all this, I can now handle being defecated on and to a certain extent, urinated on by my mice, however, I STILL cannot handle cleaning the cat box, and picking up my cat’s vomit. Is there anything else I can do to completely rid myself of this annoying fear the rest of the way?
I ask because I want my cat back. I gave her to mom and asked her to take care of her while I try to overcome my fear of germs. I’m making some progress but I want this fear gone and out of my life completely. So, thanks for any help you can give.