Then your nine lives of the humble feline who only wished to help mankind by eradicating rodents that transported disease took a serious turn for the more serious during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and using at the stake were the norm. Someone who didn't like pet cats 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 began with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who regarded the common house kitty as diabolical. Then to make concerns even worse in1484 along arrived the greatest kitty killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats originated from hell and should returned to the fires of hell by flames. Felines were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might go back to the fires of hell. It really is amazing any survived because if you were trapped with a pet cat you were burnt jointly. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I just wonder why. And of course the Black Death was in the background surviving and flourishing because there have been no felines to destroy the rats that carried the fleas that induced the condition. Then along came the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once again began to live. However they were still hated and killed for many decades after that. I have no idea if the Black Loss of life subsided but pet cats once again guarded mankind against the diseases taken by rodents. And the famines brought on by mice plagues.
If this attitude towards cats dates back generations the other can realize why historians say the African american Death were only available 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 whenever i get back to China there are still rats running around however, not so many in the cover estates. There are numerous down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that will keep the cities very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is gathered everyday. That would also keep carefully the rat society down. And with so many discarded felines running around the rats don't possess much of the opportunity. I've never seen this but I think the government accumulates a great deal of felines. There used to be colonies of stray cats moving into some places however now I don't see them any more.