If this frame of mind towards cats dates back generations then one can understand why historians say the Dark Death started in China. Where there are rats and no cats then the rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the condition to get near people. Now after i go back to China there are still rats running around however, not so many in the cover estates. There are several down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish tidy up system that helps to keep the locations very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is gathered everyday. That would also keep the rat people down. And with so many discarded cats playing around the rats don't have much of an opportunity. I've never seen this but I suspect the government picks up a whole lot of felines. There used to be colonies of stray cats moving into some places however now I don't see them any more.
Cats actually take a few parasites, a few fleas and some diseases and some can change serious however, not many. If felines were leading to too much sickness they would not have invaded our lives as well as they may have. But you may still find people out there who do not like pet cats. When I first visited China about 20 years ago there were very few pet cats coping with people and incredibly few wild cats. I was astonished because I've possessed cats all my life and I never thought people didn't like cats. But then in China the folks said cats taken disease and that was it. I think that may have something to do with that cat suffering you get in your vision. Not serious simply a minor problem for weekly If you were pregnant you had to keep away from cats. I think they were referring to toxoplasmosis, but if you get that whenever you are a youngster it should not affect your baby. They also said pet cats were filthy but I don't believe so. I think pet cats are one of the cleanest dogs and cats you can have. I feel that originated from the cats getting rid of the rats and mice. Because rats are very dirty animals then because the pet cats wiped out and ate them they will also be dirty. A filthy by connection kind of thing. Also there have been some big sewer rats working round during the day. Once I saw a rat and a pet cat face off each other and the kitten wasn't much bigger than the rat. They were about a foot apart staring one another out and the cat ran away. I'm not stunned the rat's tooth were bigger that the cats.