Felines and mankind have been surviving 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 happened the Black Loss of life reigned supreme for a lot longer than it will. So we will get back to the beginnings of recorded history to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here felines were revered as Gods and many were mummified to previous for eternity. Because the felines guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore lowering famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It was illegal to kill cats in those times, like cows in India today.
Then the nine lives of the humble cat who only wanted to help mankind by eliminating rodents that transported disease took a significant turn for the more serious during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and burning at the stake were typical. A person who didn't like pet cats somehow connected these to witches and they were burnt at the stake with there owners. The way they made that connection I'll never know. It began with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who deemed the normal house feline as diabolical. Then to make issues even worse in1484 along came the greatest feline killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats originated from hell and should returned to the fires of hell by open fire. Felines were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might return to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were trapped with a feline you were burnt jointly. I still go to chapel and sometimes I just wonder why. And of course the Black Fatality was in the backdrop surviving and thriving because there were no felines to kill the rats that taken the fleas that caused the disease. Then along came the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once again started to live. But they were still hated and killed for many decades from then on. I don't know if the Dark colored Loss of life subsided but cats once again covered mankind up against the diseases taken by rodents. Along with the famines due to mice plagues.