If this attitude towards cats dates back generations the other can realize why historians say the Dark Death were only available in China. Where there are rats and no cats then the rats dominate and that would have been a precursor for the condition to get close to people. Now when I get back to China there are still rats running around however, not so many in the enclosure estates. There are numerous down by the river. Also they employ a efficient rubbish tidy up system that keeps the cities very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is accumulated everyday. That would also keep the rat inhabitants down. And with so many discarded cats running around the rats don't have much of the opportunity. I've never seen this but I think the government picks up a great deal of felines. There used to be colonies of stray cats residing in some places however now I don't see them any more.
Pet cats and mankind have been residing in harmony for quite some time but that has not always been the situation. There have been times when pet cats have been almost destroyed 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 origins of recorded background to enough time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here felines 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 given on the grain. Therefore lowering famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to get rid of cats in those times, like cows in India today.
I think one of the reason why there were few cats around is basically because they used to eat them. And every now and then the restaurant kitty catches would pick up an cat they could find and take them back again to the restaurant. I remember seeing felines in glass exhibits out the front of the restaurants. But somewhere within then and now they restricted eating cats. So cats are actually not on the menu and today there are felines everywhere. Many of them began in someone's house and received thrown away, as most are extremely friendly. Also they have this thing about abdomen worms. And in those times China had not been as modern as now so abdomen worms is a problem. Fleas are not really a problem because they have tile surfaces and wooden furniture.