I'm not a Cat Lover, but...
I'm allergic to cats. They make me sneeze and my eyes water. However, I'm not immune to their beauty and grace. Most cats have an entirely elegant and chilly demeanor that is quite the opposite of most dogs. A cat will come to you only when it wants to, while a dog can be summoned when the master wants him.
One of the attributes of a cat is that it does not bark. Our neighborhood, paranoid about crime, is home to dozens of large, loud barking dogs. Some of them bark when you are reading a book quietly in the yard, or at 2:30am when you are deep asleep, or at 6am before you want to wake up when the sun is just rising.
Yes, cats might be hated by some, but they really go out of their way not to bother anyone.