Then your nine lives of the humble kitty who only wanted to help mankind by getting rid of rodents that transported disease took a serious flip for the even worse during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and using at the stake were the norm. Somebody who didn't like felines somehow connected those to witches and they were burnt at the stake with there owners. How they made that interconnection I'll never know. It began with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who considered the common house cat as diabolical. Then to make issues worse in1484 along came up the greatest kitty killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats originated from hell and really should returned to the fires of hell by open fire. Pet cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would return to the fires of hell. It really is amazing any survived because if you were caught with a kitten you were burnt mutually. I still go to church and sometimes I simply wonder why. And of course the Black Fatality was in the background surviving and flourishing because there have been no cats to destroy the rats that taken the fleas that triggered the condition. Then along emerged the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once more began to live. But they were still hated and wiped out for many ages after that. I have no idea if the Black colored Death subsided but felines once again covered mankind resistant to the diseases transported by rodents. Plus the famines due to mice plagues.
If this frame of mind towards cats goes back generations the other can realize why historians say the Black color Death started in China. Where there are rats and no cats then your rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the condition to get near to people. Now while i go back to China you may still find rats playing around however, not so many in the enclosure estates. There are numerous down by the river. Also they employ a efficient rubbish tidy up system that continues the places very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is gathered everyday. That could also keep the rat populace down. And with so many discarded felines playing around the rats don't possess much of an opportunity. I've never seen this but I believe the government accumulates a great deal of cats. There used to be colonies of stray pet cats surviving in some places but now I don't see them any more.
I believe one of the reasons there were few cats around is basically because they used to consume them. And every now and then the restaurant kitten catches would pick up an feline they could find and take them back again to the restaurant. I recall seeing pet cats in glass displays out leading of the restaurants. But somewhere within then and today they banned eating cats. So cats are now not on the menu and now there are cats everywhere. Many of them began in someone's house and acquired thrown away, because so many are extremely friendly. Also they have this thing about abdominal worms. And in those days China had not been as modern as now so tummy worms would have been a problem. Fleas aren't a really problem because they may have tile floors and wooden furniture.