Why do some people instinctively hate cats?

I am a cat lover. I love cats, and I love my cat. My cat is the best thing that ever happened to me. But many people do not like cats at all, and some of them can't even stand the sight of one. Why is this?

Some people think it's because cats are cold-blooded killers who deserve nothing but a slow painful death at the hands of an axe murderer, but that's ridiculous. Cats are cute and cuddly, and they don't kill anything unless they're hungry. Cats would rather sleep than hunt for food, and when they do hunt, it's usually for bugs or small rodents who are doing harm to crops or other animals on the farm where they live.

So why do some people instinctively hate cats?

I've asked around, and here are some theories:

1) Cats have no respect for authority figures. They have no respect for anyone who tries to dominate them with force or intimidation tactics such as yelling at them or hitting them with sticks until they obey commands like "sit" or "stay" or "come here right now". Cats don't care what you say; if they want something then they'll go get it regardless of whether you tell them not to or not! This makes