Then your nine lives of the humble kitty who only wished to help mankind by eliminating rodents that taken disease took a serious convert for the even worse during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and burning up at the stake were the norm. Someone who didn't like felines somehow connected these to witches and 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 normal house kitty as diabolical. Then to make matters even worse in1484 along came the greatest kitten killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats came from hell and should went back to the fires of hell by open fire. Cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would return to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were caught with a kitty you were burnt along. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I just wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Death was in the backdrop surviving and flourishing because there have been no felines to get rid of the rats that transported the fleas that induced the disease. Then along came the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once again started to live. However they were still hated and killed for many centuries from then on. I don't know if the Dark Loss of life subsided but cats once again shielded mankind from the diseases carried by rodents. As well as the famines brought on by mice plagues.
Felines and mankind have been living in harmony for many years but that hasn't always been the truth. There have been times when cats have been almost destroyed in the name of God. And what took place the Black Loss of life reigned supreme for considerably longer than it will. So we will get back to the origins of recorded record to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here felines were revered as Gods and many were mummified to last for eternity. Because the cats guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that given on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to destroy cats in those days, like cows in India today.