I have been doing the A-Z of cats and dogs which got me to really thinking about this: I know for a fact there are people that, for some reason, really hate cats. I've never been able to fathom out why this is and I feel that it perhaps males that feel that way about cats more than females do. I've seldom, if ever, met anyone who has said they hate dogs. Wary of them perhaps but not a hate of them.
Men certainly seem to favour dogs and I often wonder if that is because dogs in the main are controllable and are there to please their 'masters' most of the time. Cats on the other hand will do what they do when they want to do it and you just better remember that. Our Precious is reasonably obedient which is surprising for a cat but she can also be bossy at times.
P.S. Jenny, the lovely English lady that cleans our house for us once a fortnight, has a phobia and it is the fear of cats. It is Ailurophobia (the persistent, irrational fear of cats) and I'd never met anyone before who has that phobia. Her mother apparently also is not happy in the presence of cats. Our Precious, although twelve and half, is still very timid when it comes to strangers but she has become accustomed to Jenny being in our home regularly so will now come in to the room when Jenny is there. Jenny tolerates it but doesn't like Precious to look directly at her and I have to make sure that Precious, now she has lost her fear of Jenny, doesn't suddenly take it into her head to go near her.
With my love of cats I can't imagine how one could be frightened of them. Have you ever known anyone who has Ailurophobia I wonder.