If this frame of mind towards cats goes back generations the other can realize why historians say the African american Death started in China. Where there are rats and no cats then the rats dominate and that would have been a precursor for the disease to get near people. Now while i go back to China you may still find rats running around but not so many in the casing estates. There are plenty of down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that continues the locations very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is gathered everyday. That would also keep carefully the rat populace down. And with so many discarded felines running around the rats don't possess much of an opportunity. I've never seen this but I think the government accumulates a whole lot of cats. There used to be colonies of stray pet cats living in some places but now I don't see them any longer.
I believe one of the reasons there were few cats around is basically because they used to eat them. And once in a while the restaurant feline catches would grab an pet cat they may find and take them back again to the restaurant. I recall seeing felines in glass displays out leading of the restaurants. But somewhere within then and today they suspended eating cats. So cats are actually not on the menu and now there are felines everywhere. Many of them started off in someone's house and got thrown away, since many are extremely friendly. Also they have this thing about abdominal worms. And in those times China was not as modern as now so stomach worms is a problem. Fleas are not a really problem because they have tile flooring surfaces and solid wood furniture.