Then your nine lives of the humble cat who only wished to help mankind by getting rid of rodents that carried disease took a significant turn for the more serious during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and losing at the stake were the norm. A person who didn't like cats somehow connected them to witches plus 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 regarded the common house kitten as diabolical. Then to make issues worse in1484 along arrived the greatest cat killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats originated from hell and really should went back to the fires of hell by hearth. 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 cat you were burnt collectively. I still go to church and sometimes I simply wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Loss of life was in the background surviving and growing because there have been no felines to kill the rats that taken the fleas that induced the disease. Then along came up the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once again started to live.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 wiped out for many centuries after that. I have no idea if the Dark Fatality subsided but pet cats once again safeguarded mankind up against the diseases transported by rodents. Plus the famines due to mice plagues.
If this frame of mind towards cats dates back generations the other can realize why historians say the African american Death started in China. Where there are rats no cats then your rats dominate and that would have been a precursor for the condition to get near people. Now while i go back to China there are still rats running around however, not so many in the cover estates. There are many down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that continues the locations very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is accumulated everyday. That would also keep carefully the rat population down. And with so many discarded pet cats running around the rats don't have much of a chance. I've never seen this but I think the government accumulates a lot of felines. There used to be colonies of stray felines residing in some places however now I don't see them any longer.