Then your nine lives of the humble kitty who only wanted to help mankind by eradicating rodents that taken disease took a serious switch for the more serious during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and using at the stake were typical. Someone who didn't like cats somehow connected those to witches and they were burnt at the stake with there owners. The way they made that connection I'll never know. It started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who regarded the normal house kitten as diabolical. Then to make concerns worse in1484 along came up the greatest feline killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats came from hell and should returned to the fires of hell by hearth. Pet cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might go back to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were trapped with a feline you were burnt together. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I simply wonder why. And of course the Black Loss of life was in the background surviving and flourishing because there were no cats to eliminate the rats that carried the fleas that caused the disease. Then along emerged the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once again started to live.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 from then on. I have no idea if the Black Death subsided but cats once again covered mankind resistant to the diseases carried by rodents. Along with the famines brought on by mice plagues.
Cats and mankind have been surviving in harmony for many years but that has not always been the case. There have been times when cats have been almost wiped out in the name of God. And what occurred the Black Death reigned supreme for a lot longer than it should. So we will go back to the origins of recorded background to enough time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here cats 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 lowering famines, which were the curse of Egypt. It was illegal to get rid of cats in those times, like cows in India today.
If this frame of mind towards cats dates back generations the other can realize why historians say the Dark colored Death were only available in China. Where there are rats and no cats then your rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the disease to get close to people. Now after i go back to China you may still find rats running around but not so many in the property estates. There are plenty of down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that retains the locations very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is accumulated everyday. That would also keep carefully the rat people down. And with so many discarded pet cats playing around the rats don't have much of the opportunity. I've never seen this but I suspect the government accumulates a great deal of felines. There used to be colonies of stray pet cats residing in some places but now I don't see them any longer.