If this frame of mind towards cats goes back generations then one can understand why historians say the Dark colored Death were only available in China. Where there are rats and no cats then your rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the condition to get close to people. Now as i go back to China there are still rats running around but not so many in the property estates. There are several down by the river. Also they employ a efficient rubbish clean up system that will keep the cities very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is accumulated everyday. That could also keep the rat population down. And with so many discarded felines running around the rats don't have much of a chance. I've never seen this but I believe the government accumulates a whole lot of cats. There used to be colonies of stray pet cats moving into some places but now I don't see them any longer.
Cats actually take a few parasites, a few fleas plus some diseases and some can turn serious but not many. If felines were causing too much sickness they would not need invaded our lives as well as they have. But there are still people out there who do nothing like felines. When I first visited China about twenty years ago there were very few cats coping with people and incredibly few wild felines. I was impressed because I've experienced cats all my entire life and I never thought people didn't like cats. But then in China people said cats carried disease which was it. I feel that may have something regarding that cat tired you get in your eyesight. Not serious simply a moderate problem for a week Of course, if you were pregnant you'd to stay away from cats. I believe they were referring to toxoplasmosis, but if you get that whenever you are a youngster it should not affect your child. In addition they said felines were dusty but I don't think so. I believe pet cats are one of the cleanest household pets you can have. I feel that came from the cats eliminating the rats and mice. Because rats are extremely dirty animals then because the cats killed and ate them they'll also be dusty. A dusty by connection type of thing. Also there were some big sewer rats running round during the day. Once I observed a rat and a cat face off one another and the pet cat wasn't much bigger than the rat. These were about a ft . apart staring the other person out and the cat ran away. I'm not astonished the rat's teeth were bigger that the felines.
Then your nine lives of the humble kitten who only wished to help mankind by killing rodents that taken disease took a significant convert for the even worse during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and using up at the stake were typical. Someone 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 started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who considered the common house kitty as diabolical. Then to make things more serious in1484 along arrived the greatest feline killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats came from hell and should came back to the fires of hell by hearth. Pet cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might return to the fires of hell. It really is amazing any survived because if you were caught with a kitten you were burnt together. I still go to chapel and sometimes I just wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Fatality was in the background surviving and thriving because there have been no felines to kill the rats that carried the fleas that brought on the disease. Then along came up the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once again began to live. But they were still hated and wiped out for many ages after that. I don't know if the Black color Loss of life subsided but cats once again guarded mankind against the diseases transported by rodents. Plus the famines due to mice plagues.