If this attitude towards cats goes back generations the other can realize why historians say the Black Death started in China. Where there are rats no cats then your rats dominate and that would have been a precursor for the condition to get close to people. Now once i get back to China you may still find rats running around however, not so many in the enclosure estates. There are lots of down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish tidy up system that keeps the locations very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is accumulated everyday. That would also keep carefully the rat human population down. And with so many discarded pet cats playing around the rats don't possess much of an opportunity. I've never seen this but I believe the government picks up a lot of felines. There used to be colonies of stray cats moving into some places but now I don't see them any more.
Then your nine lives of the humble cat who only wished to help mankind by killing rodents that taken disease took a significant convert for the worse during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and losing at the stake were typical. A person who didn't like felines somehow connected them to witches plus they were burnt at the stake with there owners. The way they made that interconnection I'll never know. It started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who deemed the common house kitty as diabolical. Then to make things worse in1484 along arrived the greatest kitten killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats originated from hell and really should went back to the fires of hell by open fire. Pet cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might go back to the fires of hell. It really is amazing any survived because if you were captured with a pet cat you were burnt together. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I just wonder why. And of course the Black Death was in the background surviving and flourishing because there have been no cats to kill the rats that taken the fleas that induced the disease. Then along came the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once more began to live. However they were still hated and wiped out for many ages from then on. I don't know if the Black color Loss of life subsided but pet cats once again protected mankind contrary to the diseases carried by rodents. Plus the famines brought on by mice plagues.
Pet cats and mankind have been moving into harmony for quite some time but that has not always been the truth. There have been times when cats have been practically wiped out in the name of God. And what happened the Black Fatality reigned supreme for considerably longer than it should. So we will get back to the beginnings of recorded history to enough time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here felines were revered as Gods and many were mummified to last for eternity. Because the felines guarded the grain warehouses and wiped out the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, which were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to destroy cats in those times, like cows in India today.