It seems we all have an irrational fear or two. As adults we've probably learned some coping skills to deal with those fear, either by facing them, avoidance or some other tactic. Kids need learn some of those same skills, and they need our help to do it. We may not understand our child's fear of what we see as a harmless kitty cat or cute little dog, but your child fear should not be dismissed. Trying to sort out the source of the fear as well as helping your child deal with it can help both of you come to a better understanding.
There are also people - kids and adults alike - who just don't like animals. This is more indifference than fear. It's pretty normal, and should be respected. You can't force your child to like cats or birds, and if it's not interfering with regular activities, trying to force the issue likely isn't necessary.
Helping your child to understand that animals have personalities, like humans, and all are a little different may help your child separate irrational fear of animals in general from relationships with specific animals. A fear or phobia may not be totally resolved, but with small, understanding steps, you may be able to ease that fear.
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