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ailurophile (s) (noun), ailurophiles (pl)
A fondness for felines: Most ailurophiles of all ages will want to see the art museum's new exhibit featuring paintings and photographs of cats, ranging from little tabbies to big ones; such as, lions, tigers, leopards, lynx (wild cats), and jaguars.

Ailurophiles have been around for thousands of years and the ancient Egyptians were probably history's greatest cat lovers, presenting them in artistic images and even treating them as if they were gods.