Then your nine lives of the humble cat who only wanted to help mankind by eliminating rodents that carried disease took a serious convert for the more serious during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and burning at the stake were the norm. Someone who didn't like pet cats somehow connected them to witches and they were burnt at the stake with there owners. The way they made that connection I'll never know. It began with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who regarded the normal house kitten as diabolical. Then to make matters more serious in1484 along emerged the greatest feline killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats originated from hell and should went back to the fires of hell by open fire. Pet cats were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they might go back to the fires of hell. It really is amazing any survived because if you were caught with a kitten you were burnt along. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I simply wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Fatality was in the background surviving and growing because there were no pet cats to wipe out the rats that transported the fleas that induced the condition. Then along came up the cat's savior Ruler Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once more started to live. However they were still hated and killed for many hundreds of years from then on. I have no idea if the Dark Death subsided but pet cats once again protected mankind resistant to the diseases taken by rodents. Along with the famines due to mice plagues.
Felines 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 destroyed in the name of God. And what happened the Black Fatality reigned supreme for a lot longer than it should. So we will go back to the origins of recorded record to enough time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here cats were revered as Gods and many were mummified to last for eternity. Because the pet cats guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that given on the grain. Therefore minimizing famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It was illegal to get rid of cats in those days, like cows in India today.