Then your nine lives of the humble kitty who only wanted to help mankind by killing rodents that carried disease took a serious convert for the even worse during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and using up at the stake were the norm. A person who didn't like cats somehow connected those to witches and they were burnt at the stake with there owners. That 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 worse in1484 along came up the greatest kitten killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats originated from hell and should went back to the fires of hell by hearth. Pet cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would go back 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 chapel and sometimes I simply wonder why. And of course the Black Loss of life was in the background surviving and flourishing because there were no cats to get rid of the rats that transported the fleas that triggered the condition. Then along arrived the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once more began to live. But they were still hated and killed for many ages from then on. I have no idea if the Dark colored Death subsided but pet cats once again covered mankind resistant to the diseases taken by rodents. Along with the famines due to mice plagues.
If this frame of mind towards cats dates back generations the other 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 disease to get close to people. Now when I get back to China you may still find rats running around however, not so many in the real estate estates. There are numerous down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that keeps the cities very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is collected everyday. That could also keep carefully the rat society down. And with so many discarded felines playing around the rats don't possess much of an opportunity. I've never seen this but I think the government picks up a whole lot of felines. There used to be colonies of stray cats living in some places however now I don't see them any longer.