If this frame of mind towards cats goes back generations the other can understand why historians say the African american Death started in China. Where there are rats no cats then the rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the disease to get near to people. Now whenever i get back to China there are still rats running around but not so many in the housing estates. There are plenty of down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that maintains the metropolitan areas very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is accumulated everyday. That could also keep the rat society down. And with so many discarded cats running around the rats don't possess much of an opportunity. I've never seen this but I suspect the government accumulates a whole lot of felines. There used to be colonies of stray pet cats living in some places however now I don't see them any more.
Felines and mankind have been surviving in harmony for many years but that has not always been the case. There have been times when felines have been almost destroyed in the name of God. And what happened the Black Fatality reigned supreme for considerably longer than it will. So we will go back to the origins of recorded record to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here cats were revered as Gods and many were mummified to previous for eternity. As the pet cats guarded the grain warehouses and wiped out the rats and mice that given on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, which were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to kill cats in those days, like cows in India today.