Rodent Hunters

Again, the place of the cat in society was determined by a sanitary catastrophe. At the beginning of the XVIII Century, a sinister visitor coming from Central Asia started to spread through al of Europe the brown rat, bigger than the already familiar black rat, more ferocious, more sagacious and, as its predecessor, bearer of the black plague.

The plague stroked Germany in 1707 and France in 1720. Next to the year 1730, through the ships, the brown rats took the plague to England, were they practically provoked the extinction of the black rat.

Again cats where welcome to the ships, ports, and the street of the cities.

The European and North American cities, especially those on the Atlantic ports, grew at an alarming rhythm. The constructions weren’t proportional to the demographical growth, for which the cities where over populated, dirty and infested with diseases.

The domestic wastes (and worst things) where thrown to the streets, where once in a while (when the pile was too big) it was picked. Rats and mice feasted themselves. Behind came the cats, which found easy preys and the approval of people.

The long and obscure period of persecution of cats had at last come to an end.

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