If this attitude towards cats dates back generations the other can understand why historians say the Black Death were only available in China. Where there are rats and no cats then the rats dominate and that would have been a precursor for the condition to get close to people. Now when I go back to China you may still find rats playing around however, not so many in the property estates. There are plenty of down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that keeps the cities very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is collected everyday. That could also keep the rat society down. And with so many discarded pet cats running around the rats don't possess much of a chance. I've never seen this but I believe the government picks up a lot of pet cats. There used to be colonies of stray pet cats residing in some places however now I don't see them any more.
Cats and mankind have been surviving in harmony for many years but that has not always been the situation. There were times when felines have been practically wiped out in the name of God. And what took place the Black Fatality 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 pet cats were revered as Gods and many were mummified to last for eternity. Because the felines guarded the grain warehouses and wiped out the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It was illegal to kill cats in those days, like cows in India today.