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“Friend Asked Me To Catsit. She’s A Bit Of A Germophobe So This Was The Natural Thing To Do”
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“Friend Asked Me To Catsit. She’s A Bit Of A Germophobe So This Was The Natural Thing To Do”

Mysophobia, also known as germophobia, bacillophobia and bacteriophobia, is a pathological fear of contamination and germs. Symptoms include an obsession with sanitation, a need to clean excessively and an aversion to people touching your stuff.

So when Iva, from Bulgaria, asked her friend Petar to catsit for her, Petar cheekily set about having a little fun with her phobia by taking selfies around the house, fingering a variety of stuff.

“I can’t say her germophobia is a condition or a severe state,” Petar assured Bored Panda. “More of an always-have-to-have-coasters kind of person, or no-shoes-in-the-house. We joke about it a lot, she tags along with it.”

“She didn’t ask me specifically not to touch her stuff, she even let me stay at hers for a week while she was away and I was looking for a new flat! I was just hungover and had to wake up at 10am to feed her cats and felt a bit annoyed and wanted to wind her up as payment.” 

He certainly succeeded with that! Touching everything from cushions to cats and lamps, Petar’s hangdog, deadpan expression while doing his dastardly deeds only adds to the humor of the post.

Even the cat’s stuff wasn’t safe from the finger! And we all know how fastidious felines can be… “There are two cats, a black one called Bonka and a white one called Stoycho,” Petar explained. “I had to do it over the weekend but it’s an ongoing thing. Whenever she is away either me or some of our friends goes and catsits.”

“I get along with the cats very well!”

What do you think? Do you know any germophobes? How do you think they would react to photos of their stuff being touched like this? Is germophobia even a laughing matter, or should we take it more seriously? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Here’s how people reacted to the deadpan prankster

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Vanja Timmers
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2 years ago

His expression is hilarious!

Lauren Caswell
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2 years ago

The deadpan look is perfect

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Iva Mechkunova
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2 years ago

this is iva, the girl w/ the germophobia. here's the plot twist: don't really have germophobia, nor germano-phobia (sorry @lulik). i just obsess about dirt, dust & flying hairs, cat fur including. so yes, my vacuum cleaner doesn't get a day off (that comment was so dead-on btw) but also my life doesn't get paralysed because i haven't vacuumed today. i felt i should clear the air about my "state" as ppl usually use the term too broadly which belittles the serious states of phobia. there are ppl who experience serious life consequences due to an irrational/pathological fear of something and they deserve to be taken seriously. mine is just a quirk that got some internet points (thanks, petar).

Iva Kazalova
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2 years ago

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Thank you for clearing the air for the offend obsessive mob, po liceto na Peshkata vijdam che e na bazik ;)

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SirPatTheCat
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2 years ago (edited)

Ok this is funny and all, but can I just say that her house is really nicely decorated! Simple, but cute! And all the plants are nice too - I wish that I could have plants like that but unfortunately I have a thumb about as green as a brick :/

Tessa
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2 years ago

I even have a green thumb but one pain in the behind moved in and started chewing on everything what is green, except her own grass so now I have zero plants but excess of cat hair.

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Vanja Timmers
Community Member
2 years ago

His expression is hilarious!

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 years ago

The deadpan look is perfect

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Iva Mechkunova
Community Member
2 years ago

this is iva, the girl w/ the germophobia. here's the plot twist: don't really have germophobia, nor germano-phobia (sorry @lulik). i just obsess about dirt, dust & flying hairs, cat fur including. so yes, my vacuum cleaner doesn't get a day off (that comment was so dead-on btw) but also my life doesn't get paralysed because i haven't vacuumed today. i felt i should clear the air about my "state" as ppl usually use the term too broadly which belittles the serious states of phobia. there are ppl who experience serious life consequences due to an irrational/pathological fear of something and they deserve to be taken seriously. mine is just a quirk that got some internet points (thanks, petar).

Iva Kazalova
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2 years ago

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Thank you for clearing the air for the offend obsessive mob, po liceto na Peshkata vijdam che e na bazik ;)

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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Ok this is funny and all, but can I just say that her house is really nicely decorated! Simple, but cute! And all the plants are nice too - I wish that I could have plants like that but unfortunately I have a thumb about as green as a brick :/

Tessa
Community Member
2 years ago

I even have a green thumb but one pain in the behind moved in and started chewing on everything what is green, except her own grass so now I have zero plants but excess of cat hair.

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