If this frame of mind towards cats dates back generations the other can realize why historians say the Dark 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 once i get back to China you may still find rats running around but not so many in the housing estates. There are numerous down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish clean up system that continues the locations very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is gathered everyday. That would also keep the rat populace down. And with so many discarded pet cats playing around the rats don't possess much of the opportunity. I've never seen this but I suspect the government accumulates a lot of pet cats. There used to be colonies of stray cats living in some places but now I don't see them any longer.
Then your nine lives of the humble cat who only wished to help mankind by eliminating rodents that transported disease took a significant move for the even worse during the dark ages. Where witch hunts and burning at the stake were typical. Somebody who didn't like pet cats somehow connected them to witches plus they were burnt at the stake with there owners. That they made that interconnection I'll never know. It began with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who considered the common house cat as diabolical. Then to make matters even worse in1484 along arrived the greatest feline 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 flames. Felines were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might return to the fires of hell. It really is amazing any survived because if you were caught with a kitty you were burnt together. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I just wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Death was in the backdrop surviving and thriving because there have been no felines to destroy the rats that taken the fleas that triggered the condition. Then along emerged the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once more began to live. But they were still hated and killed for many decades from then on. I have no idea if the Dark colored Death subsided but cats once again guarded mankind resistant to the diseases transported by rodents. Along with the famines brought on by mice plagues.