Then your nine lives of the humble kitty who only wished to help mankind by killing rodents that transported disease took a serious change for the even worse during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and losing at the stake were the norm. A person who didn't like cats somehow connected these to witches plus they were burnt at the stake with there owners. The way they made that interconnection I'll never know. It started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who deemed the common house feline as diabolical. Then to make issues more serious in1484 along emerged the greatest pet cat killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats came from hell and really should came back to the fires of hell by fire. 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 cat you were burnt mutually. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I simply wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Loss of life was in the backdrop surviving and growing because there were no pet cats to wipe out the rats that taken the fleas that caused the condition. Then along arrived the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once again began to live. However they were still hated and killed for many generations after that. I have no idea if the African american Loss of life subsided but felines once again secured mankind against the diseases taken by rodents. And the famines due to mice plagues.
I believe one of the reasons there were not many cats around is basically because they used to consume them. And every now and then the restaurant kitty catches would grab an feline 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 between then and now they forbidden eating felines. So cats are now not on the menu and now there are cats everywhere. Most of them began in someone's house and got thrown away, since several are extremely friendly. Also they have got this thing about belly worms. And in those days China had not been as modern as now so abdominal worms is a problem. Fleas are not really a problem because they have tile flooring and solid wood furniture.