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If this frame of mind towards cats goes back generations then one can understand why historians say the Black Death started in China. Where there are rats no cats then the rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the disease to get close to people. Now once i go back to China you may still find rats playing around but not so many in the property estates. There are numerous down by the river. Also they employ a efficient rubbish clean up system that helps to keep the cities very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is collected everyday. That could also keep the rat people down. And with so many discarded pet cats running around the rats don't have much of a chance. I've never seen this but I suspect the government accumulates a lot of pet cats. There used to be colonies of stray felines living in some places however now I don't see them any longer.
Then your nine lives of the humble kitten who only wanted to help mankind by getting rid of rodents that transported disease took a serious move for the worse during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and burning up at the stake were the norm. Someone who didn't like cats somehow connected those to witches and they were burnt at the stake with there owners. That they made that interconnection I'll never know. It started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who regarded the normal house feline as diabolical. Then to make things even 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 hearth. Felines were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might return to the fires of hell. It really is amazing any survived because if you were found with a pet cat you were burnt mutually. I still go to church and sometimes I simply wonder why. And of course the Black Death was in the backdrop surviving and flourishing because there have been no pet cats to wipe out the rats that transported the fleas that induced the condition. Then along came up the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once more started to live. But they were still hated and killed for many generations after that. I don't know if the Black color Death subsided but felines once again protected mankind contrary to the diseases carried by rodents. As well as the famines brought on by mice plagues.