Cats and mankind have been surviving in harmony for quite some time but that has not always been the case. There were times when felines have been nearly destroyed in the name of God. And what happened the Black Death reigned supreme for a lot longer than it should. So we will get back to the beginnings of recorded background to the time of the pharaohs of Egypt. Here felines were revered as Gods and many were mummified to previous for eternity. Because the pet cats guarded the grain warehouses and wiped out the rats and mice that fed on the grain. Therefore lowering famines, which were the curse of Egypt. It had been illegal to eliminate cats in those times, like cows in India today.
Then your nine lives of the humble kitten who only wanted to help mankind by killing rodents that carried disease took a serious move for the even worse during the middle ages. Where witch hunts and burning up at the stake were typical. Someone 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 considered the normal house kitty as diabolical. Then to make things even worse in1484 along emerged the greatest feline killer of all time, Pope Innocent VIII, who decreed something along the lines of all cats came from hell and should delivered to the fires of hell by flames. Felines were mercilessly prosecuted and were burnt so they would return to the fires of hell. It is amazing any survived because if you were found with a cat you were burnt along. I still go to cathedral and sometimes I simply wonder why. And undoubtedly the Black Death was in the background surviving and growing because there have been no pet cats to kill the rats that carried the fleas that caused the disease. Then along emerged the cat's savior King Louis XIII of France, who in the 1630s repealed regulations and cats once again started to live. However they were still hated and killed for many decades from then on. I don't know if the Black color Death subsided but pet cats once again secured mankind resistant to the diseases carried by rodents. Along with the famines due to mice plagues.
If this attitude towards cats goes back generations then one can realize why historians say the Dark colored Death were only available in China. Where there are rats and no cats then the rats dominate and that could have been a precursor for the disease to get near people. Now after i get back to China you may still find rats running around however, not so many in the cover estates. There are numerous down by the river. Also they have a very efficient rubbish tidy up system that continues the locations very clean. Where I stay the rubbish is accumulated everyday. That would also keep carefully the rat people down. And with so many discarded cats playing around the rats don't possess much of an opportunity. I've never seen this but I think the government picks up a great deal of cats. There used to be colonies of stray cats moving into some places but now I don't see them any more.