Pet cats and mankind have been living in harmony for many years but that has not always been the truth. There were times when cats have been practically wiped out in the name of God. And what occurred the Black Loss of life reigned supreme for considerably longer than it will. So we will go back to the origins of recorded record to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here cats were revered as Gods and many were mummified to last for eternity. Because the cats guarded the grain warehouses and wiped out the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore lowering famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to destroy cats in those days, like cows in India today.
Then your nine lives of the humble pet cat who only wanted to help mankind by eliminating rodents that taken disease took a significant move for the even worse during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and burning up at the stake were the norm. A person who didn't like felines somehow connected them to witches plus they were burnt at the stake with there owners. How they made that interconnection I'll never know. It started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who regarded the common house kitty as diabolical. Then to make concerns more serious in1484 along came up the greatest kitty killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats originated from hell and should returned to the fires of hell by flames. Felines 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 pet cat you were burnt along. I still go to chapel and sometimes I simply wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Loss of life was in the background surviving and thriving because there have been no cats to destroy the rats that transported the fleas that caused the disease. Then along came up the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once again started to live. But they were still hated and wiped out for many hundreds of years after that. I don't know if the Black color Loss of life subsided but cats once again protected mankind against the diseases carried by rodents. And the famines brought on by mice plagues.
If this frame of mind towards cats dates back generations the other can realize why historians say the Black color Death were only available in China. Where there are rats no cats then your rats dominate and that would have been a precursor for the condition to get close to people. Now whenever i go back to China there are still rats playing around but not so many in the property estates. There are plenty of down by the river. Also they employ a efficient rubbish clean up system that retains the cities very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is collected everyday. That could also keep carefully the rat population down. And with so many discarded cats running around the rats don't have much of a chance. I've never seen this but I suspect the government accumulates a whole lot of cats. There used to be colonies of stray cats living in some places but now I don't see them any longer.