If this attitude towards cats dates back generations then one can realize why historians say the Black colored Death started in China. Where there are rats and no cats then your rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the disease to get close to people. Now once i go back to China there are still rats running around however, not so many in the property estates. There are several down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that helps to keep the towns very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is gathered everyday. That would also keep the rat society down. And with so many discarded pet cats playing around the rats don't possess much of an opportunity. I've never seen this but I think the government picks up a great deal of felines. There used to be colonies of stray felines living in some places but now I don't see them any more.
Then the nine lives of the humble kitten who only wished to help mankind by eliminating rodents that taken disease took a significant change for the more serious during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and using up at the stake were typical. A person who didn't like felines somehow connected them to witches and 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 considered the normal house kitten as diabolical. Then to make things worse 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 went back to the fires of hell by flames. 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 trapped with a kitten you were burnt collectively. I still go to chapel and sometimes I just wonder why. And of course the Black Death was in the background surviving and flourishing because there have been no pet cats to eliminate the rats that carried 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 Then along arrived the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once more started to live. However they were still hated and wiped out for many generations after that. I don't know if the Dark colored Death subsided but pet cats once again shielded mankind up against the diseases transported by rodents. Along with the famines due to mice plagues.