Then your nine lives of the humble kitty who only wanted to help mankind by killing rodents that taken disease took a significant flip for the more serious during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and using at the stake were the norm. Somebody who didn't like cats somehow connected them to witches plus they were burnt at the stake with there owners. The way they made that interconnection I'll never know. It started off with Pope Gregory IX in the 1232 who regarded the common house cat as diabolical. Then to make matters worse in1484 along came the greatest cat killer ever, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something such as all cats came from hell and should returned to the fires of hell by flame. Pet cats 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 found with a cat you were burnt jointly. I still go to church and sometimes I just wonder why. And of course the Black Fatality was in the backdrop surviving and thriving because there were no pet cats to kill the rats that transported the fleas that caused the disease. Then along came up the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed the law and cats once again started to live. But they were still hated and wiped out for many centuries after that. I don't know if the Black Fatality subsided but pet cats once again covered mankind from the diseases carried by rodents. Along with the famines brought on by mice plagues.
Felines and mankind have been living in harmony for many years but that has not always been the situation. There were times when cats have been almost destroyed in the name of God. And what occurred the Black Death reigned supreme for considerably longer than it will. So we will go back to the beginnings of recorded history to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here felines were revered as Gods and many were mummified to previous for eternity. As the pet cats guarded the grain warehouses and killed the rats and mice that given on the grain. Therefore reducing famines, that were the curse of Egypt. It was illegal to eliminate cats in those times, like cows in India today.
Cats actually hold a few parasites, a few fleas and some diseases and a few can change serious but not many. If felines were causing too much sickness they would not have invaded our lives as well as they may have. But there are still people out there who do not like felines. When I first visited China about 20 years ago there were very few pet cats living with people and incredibly few wild pet cats. I was surprised because I've possessed cats all my life and I never thought people didn't like pet cats. But in China people said cats taken disease and this was it. I think that might have something to do with that cat tired you enter your vision. Not serious just a little problem for weekly And if you were pregnant you'd to keep away from cats. I believe they were referring to toxoplasmosis, but if you get that when you are a kid it should not affect your child. They also said cats were filthy but I don't believe so. I think felines are one of the cleanest pets you could have. I feel that came from the cats eradicating the rats and mice. Because rats are extremely dirty pets then because the cats killed and ate them they will also be filthy. A dirty by connection type of thing. Also there have been some big sewer rats working round during the day. Once I noticed a rat and a pet cat face off one another and the kitty wasn't much bigger than the rat. They were about a ft . apart staring the other person out and the cat ran away. I'm not amazed the rat's tooth were bigger that the felines.