If this frame of mind towards cats goes back generations then one can understand why historians say the Black colored Death were only available in China. Where there are rats and no cats then your rats dominate and that would have been a precursor for the disease to get close to people. Now whenever i go back to China you may still find rats playing around but not so many in the housing estates. There are lots of down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that retains the towns very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is gathered everyday. That could also keep carefully the rat society down. And with so many discarded pet cats playing around the rats don't possess much of a chance. I've never seen this but I suspect the government picks up a lot of felines. There used to be colonies of stray cats surviving in some places however now I don't see them any longer.
Then the nine lives of the humble kitten who only wished to help mankind by eradicating rodents that carried disease took a significant move for the even worse during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and losing at the stake were typical. Somebody who didn't like cats somehow connected these 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 normal house pet cat as diabolical. Then to make things even worse in1484 along arrived the greatest kitty killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats came from hell and really should returned to the fires of hell by fireplace. Pet cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might go back to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were trapped with a pet cat you were burnt together. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I just wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Death was in the backdrop surviving and thriving because there were no felines to wipe out the rats that transported the fleas that brought on the disease. Then along came up the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once again started to live. However they were still hated and killed for many generations from then on. I don't know if the Dark Fatality subsided but cats once again shielded mankind up against the diseases carried by rodents. Plus the famines brought on by mice plagues.