Pet cats and mankind have been residing in harmony for quite some time but that has not always been the situation. There were times when cats have been almost wiped out in the name of God. And what took place the Black Death reigned supreme for a lot longer than it will. So we will go back to the beginnings 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. As the felines guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that given on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, which were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to destroy cats in those times, like cows in India today.
Then your nine lives of the humble cat who only wished to help mankind by getting rid of rodents that taken disease took a significant turn for the more serious during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and burning up at the stake were the norm. Someone who didn't like pet cats 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 started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who deemed the normal house cat as diabolical. Then to make things more serious in1484 along emerged the greatest pet cat killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats originated from hell and really should went back to the fires of hell by flames. 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 captured with a feline you were burnt along. I still go to church and sometimes I simply wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Loss of life was in the background surviving and flourishing because there were no cats to wipe out the rats that taken the fleas that brought on the disease. Then along arrived the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once more began to live. However they were still hated and killed for many generations from then on. I have no idea if the Black Death subsided but felines once again secured mankind against the diseases transported by rodents. As well as the famines brought on by mice plagues.