Pet cats and mankind have been residing in harmony for quite some time but that hasn't always been the truth. There were times when pet cats have been almost destroyed in the name of God. And what occurred the Black Loss of life reigned supreme for a lot longer than it will. So we will get back to the origins of recorded record to enough time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here felines were revered as Gods and many were mummified to previous for eternity. Because the cats guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that given on the grain. Therefore lowering famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to kill cats in those times, like cows in India today.
Then the nine lives of the humble kitten who only wished to help mankind by eliminating rodents that carried disease took a significant switch for the worse during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and burning at the stake were typical. A person who didn't like pet cats somehow connected these to witches plus they were burnt at the stake with there owners. The way they made that interconnection I'll never know. It began with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who considered the normal house kitten as diabolical. Then to make concerns worse in1484 along came the greatest kitty killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats came from hell and should went back to the fires of hell by open fire. Cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would go back to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were caught with a kitty you were burnt collectively. 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 cats to destroy the rats that taken the fleas that caused the condition. Then along came the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once more started to live. But they were still hated and wiped out for many centuries from then on. I don't know if the Dark Fatality subsided but pet cats once again safeguarded mankind resistant to the diseases transported by rodents. Along with the famines brought on by mice plagues.