Pet cats and mankind have been residing in harmony for many years but that hasn't always been the truth. There have been times when felines have been almost destroyed in the name of God. And what took place the Black Loss of life reigned supreme for a lot longer than it should. So we will get back to the beginnings of recorded background to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here cats were revered as Gods and many were mummified to last for eternity. As the felines guarded the grain warehouses and wiped out the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore minimizing famines, which were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to eliminate cats in those days, like cows in India today.
Then your nine lives of the humble kitty who only wanted to help mankind by eradicating rodents that transported disease took a significant flip for the even worse during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and burning at the stake were typical. Somebody who didn't like felines somehow connected them to witches plus they were burnt at the stake with there owners. That they made that connection I'll never know. It started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who regarded the common house kitten as diabolical. Then to make matters worse in1484 along came up the greatest kitten killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats came from hell and really should delivered to the fires of hell by hearth. Cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would go back to the fires of hell. It really is amazing any survived because if you were found with a cat you were burnt along. I still go to church and sometimes I simply wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Loss of life was in the background surviving and growing because there were no felines to destroy the rats that transported the fleas that triggered the condition. Then along emerged the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once again began to live. However they were still hated and killed for many centuries after that. I don't know if the African american Fatality subsided but felines once again guarded mankind contrary to the diseases transported by rodents. Along with the famines brought on by mice plagues.