Then your nine lives of the humble cat who only wished to help mankind by killing rodents that transported disease took a serious flip for the even worse during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and using up at the stake were the norm. Someone who didn't like felines somehow connected them to witches plus 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 considered the normal house feline as diabolical. Then to make concerns even worse in1484 along arrived the greatest pet cat killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats originated from hell and should went back to the fires of hell by hearth. Pet cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would return to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were caught with a pet cat you were burnt along. I still go to church and sometimes I just wonder why. And of course the Black Death was in the backdrop surviving and growing because there were no felines to kill the rats that carried the fleas that induced the condition. Then along emerged the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once more began to live. But they were still hated and wiped out for many decades after that. I don't know if the Dark Loss of life subsided but cats once again shielded mankind contrary to the diseases transported by rodents. As well as the famines due to mice plagues.
Pet cats and mankind have been living in harmony for many years but that has not always been the situation. There have been times when felines have been almost wiped out in the name of God. And what occurred the Black Fatality 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. As the felines guarded the grain warehouses and wiped out the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to wipe out cats in those times, like cows in India today.