If this attitude towards cats dates back generations then one can understand why historians say the Black color Death were only available in China. Where there are rats no cats then your rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the condition to get near people. Now when I go back to China there are still rats playing around but not so many in the property estates. There are various down by the river. Also they employ a efficient rubbish tidy up system that continues the locations very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is collected everyday. That would also keep carefully the rat 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 great deal of felines. There used to be colonies of stray pet cats living in some places however now I don't see them any longer.
Then your nine lives of the humble cat who only wanted to help mankind by getting rid of rodents that transported disease took a significant move for the even worse during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and using at the stake were typical. A person who didn't like pet cats somehow connected those to witches plus they were burnt at the stake with there owners. How they made that connection I'll never know. It began with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who regarded the normal house feline as diabolical. Then to make things even worse in1484 along emerged the greatest kitten killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats came from hell and really should delivered to the fires of hell by fire. Cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would return to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were found with a kitten you were burnt collectively. I still go to church and sometimes I simply wonder why. And of course the Black Death was in the background surviving and flourishing because there were no cats to get rid of the rats that carried the fleas that caused 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 Then along came the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once more began to live. But they were still hated and wiped out for many ages from then on. I have no idea if the Black color Loss of life subsided but felines once again covered mankind up against the diseases carried by rodents. And the famines due to mice plagues.
Cats and mankind have been moving into harmony for quite some time but that hasn't always been the situation. There have been times when cats have been practically destroyed in the name of God. And what took place the Black Death reigned supreme for a lot longer than it should. So we will get back to the beginnings of recorded history to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here pet 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 fed on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to eliminate cats in those days, like cows in India today.