Then your nine lives of the humble kitten who only wished 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 the norm. Someone who didn't like cats somehow connected them to witches and they were burnt at the stake with there owners. How they made that connection I'll never know. It started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who deemed the common house kitten as diabolical. Then to make concerns even worse in1484 along arrived the greatest cat killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats came from hell and should returned to the fires of hell by fireplace. Felines 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 kitty you were burnt mutually. I still go to church and sometimes I simply wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Loss of life was in the backdrop surviving and thriving because there were no pet cats to destroy the rats that carried the fleas that brought on the condition. Then along came the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once again started to live. However they were still hated and wiped out for many decades after that. I have no idea if the Black colored Fatality subsided but felines once again shielded mankind resistant to the diseases transported by rodents. Plus the famines brought on by mice plagues.
I believe one of the reasons there were not many cats around is because they used to consume them. And every now and then the restaurant kitty catches would grab an pet cat they may find and take them back again to the restaurant. I recall seeing cats in glass shows out leading of the restaurants. But somewhere within then and today they restricted eating cats. So cats are actually not on the menu and now there are pet cats everywhere. Many of them began in someone's house and got thrown away, as a general rule are extremely friendly. Also they have this thing about abdomen worms. And in those times China was not as modern as now so abdominal worms is a problem. Fleas aren't a really problem because they have tile flooring surfaces and real wood furniture.