If this attitude towards cats goes back generations then one can understand why historians say the Black color Death were only available in China. Where there are rats no cats then your rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the disease to get near people. Now as i get back to China there are still rats playing around however, not so many in the casing estates. There are lots of down by the river. Also they employ a efficient rubbish tidy up system that helps to keep the cities very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is accumulated everyday. That would also keep carefully the rat human population 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 accumulates a whole lot of cats. There used to be colonies of stray pet cats moving into some places but now I don't see them any more.
I believe one of the reason why there were not many cats around is basically because they used to eat them. And every now and then the restaurant kitty catches would grab an pet cat they may find and take them back again to the restaurant. I recall seeing pet cats in glass exhibits out leading of the restaurants. But somewhere within then and today they prohibited eating felines. So cats are now not on the menu and today there are pet cats everywhere. Most of them began in someone's house and got thrown away, as a general rule are incredibly friendly. Also they have got this thing about tummy worms. And in those times China had not been as modern as now so tummy worms would have been a problem. Fleas aren't really a problem because they have got tile floors and solid wood furniture.
Cats and mankind have been moving into harmony for many years but that hasn't always been the situation. There were times when pet cats have been almost wiped out in the name of God. And what took place the Black Fatality reigned supreme for considerably longer than it should. So we will go back to the beginnings of recorded record to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here cats were revered as Gods and many were mummified to previous for eternity. As the pet cats guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, which were the curse of Egypt. It was illegal to eliminate cats in those days, like cows in India today.