Then the nine lives of the humble kitten who only wished to help mankind by eradicating rodents that taken disease took a significant flip for the even worse during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and using up at the stake were typical. A person who didn't like pet cats somehow connected these to witches plus 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 deemed the common house kitty as diabolical. Then to make issues worse in1484 along came the greatest pet cat killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats originated from hell and really should returned to the fires of hell by fire. Cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would go back to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were found with a cat you were burnt together. I still go to chapel and sometimes I simply wonder why. And of course the Black Death was in the backdrop surviving and flourishing because there were no felines to wipe out the rats that carried the fleas that induced the condition. Then along emerged the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once more started to live. However they were still hated and killed for many decades after that. I don't know if the Black color Loss of life subsided but cats once again covered mankind contrary to the diseases transported by rodents. As well as the famines due to mice plagues.
Pet cats and mankind have been living in harmony for many years but that hasn't always been the situation. There were times when cats have been nearly destroyed in the name of God. And what happened the Black Loss of life reigned supreme for considerably longer than it should. So we will go back to the beginnings of recorded history to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here cats were revered as Gods and many were mummified to previous for eternity. As the cats guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that given on the grain. Therefore lowering famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It was illegal to kill cats in those days, like cows in India today.