I’m completely opposed to it. I’m okay with cat avoidance, as long as you’re allergic. Cats seem to have a unique ability to be allergenic. Even my sister, who is wildly allergic to them, has the ability to admire them from a distance. I’ve made the acquaintance of more than one barn cat she has to encounter.
The second most popular reason for cat hatred is that they kill wildlife. And this is true. Just today, my cat killed a lizard. (It must be spring.) It still mystifies me as to how she could catch one, since she is slow, old, and fat. My previous cat killed lots of wildlife, although not very well. Mostly he was good at catching wildlife. If something died, it was kind of accidental. He caught birds on two occasions, lots of lizards and shrews, small snakes, and two moles (that I know of), and once, a baby rabbit. As much as I hate killing wildlife, you have to be realistic. There are more moles where those came from. (And how in the hell does a cat catch a mole? Don’t moles live underground?) There is a sense in which this is The Circle of Life, a la the Lion King.
But if you hate cats because you think they’re stupid, untrainable, and aloof…well. I know people who think that cats only like you as long as you feed them. I’d say, stop feeding your dog for a day or two and see what happens. Loyalty is a two-way street.
Insofar as I understand the word at all, I’d say my cat “loves” me. She follows me around like a…okay, like a puppy 🙂 If I lie down, no matter where it is, she has to be there. She molds herself to me and purrs until I say, Shut up already! I can’t sleep!
Cats are in fact quite capable of devotion, and of recognizing who their friends and foes are. My dogs are her friends and protectors. The next door neighbor’s dogs are another story. Unlike my other cat however, Stormy will not bring me gifts. She eats them first.