Then the nine lives of the humble kitten who only wanted to help mankind by eradicating rodents that carried disease took a significant move for the more serious during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and using at the stake were typical. A person who didn't like pet cats somehow connected them to witches plus 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 considered the common house cat as diabolical. Then to make issues even worse in1484 along came the greatest kitty killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats came from hell and should delivered to the fires of hell by hearth. Cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might return to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were found with a kitty you were burnt alongside one another. I still go to church and sometimes I just wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Loss of life was in the backdrop surviving and thriving because there have been no cats to eliminate the rats that transported the fleas that brought on the disease. Then along emerged the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once more began to live.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 after that. I don't know if the Black Fatality subsided but felines once again safeguarded mankind against the diseases transported by rodents. And the famines due to mice plagues.
Cats and mankind have been moving into harmony for many years but that has not always been the situation. There were times when pet cats have been nearly wiped out in the name of God. And what took place the Black Fatality reigned supreme for considerably longer than it will. So we will get back to the beginnings of recorded record to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here pet cats were revered as Gods and many were mummified to last for eternity. Because the pet cats guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore minimizing famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to get rid of cats in those times, like cows in India today.
Cats actually take a few parasites, a few fleas and some diseases and a few can turn serious but not many. If felines were triggering too much sickness they would not need invaded our lives as well as they have. But there are still people out there who do not like pet cats. When I first visited China about twenty years ago there were very few felines living with people and very few wild cats. I was amazed because I've possessed cats all my entire life and I never thought people didn't like pet cats. But in China folks said cats transported disease and that was it. I think that might have something regarding that cat tired you get in your eye. Not serious simply a minor problem for a week If you were pregnant you had to stay away from cats. I believe they were discussing toxoplasmosis, but if you get that when you are a youngster it will not affect your baby. They also said pet cats were soiled but I don't think so. I think felines are one of the cleanest dogs you could have. I think that came from the cats getting rid of the rats and mice. Because rats are extremely dirty pets then because the felines wiped out and ate them they will also be dirty. A filthy by connection kind of thing. Also there were some big sewer rats running round throughout the day. Once I found a rat and a kitten face off each other and the cat wasn't much bigger than the rat. They were about a feet apart staring the other person out and the cat ran away. I'm not astonished the rat's pearly whites were bigger that the pet cats.