Why cats chase rats

The Chinese Zodiac
Story
By. Zehan
Hawa

A Long times ago the Jade Emperor invited the entire animal kingdom to partake in a tremendous race! The first 12 animals able to cross the river. would be assigned to a year of the Chinese zodiac system in order of appearance and have a year named after them. .

On the day of the race all the animals gathered at the bank of the river .All the animals were very excited and the news spread rapidly.

Both were very excited about the news of the great race and immediately started to make plans to cross the river. the kind of friends that spends almost every waking hour together.Cat and Rat where the best of friends. .

and Ox agreed. . and were afraid they would oversleep and miss the start of the race. They asked their friend Ox to make sure they woke up on time.Cat and Rat were both very good at sleeping.

He pounded on the door with his mighty hoof. Finally he pushed the door open with his strong shoulders and went to the bedroom to find Cat and Rat. but no one answered. and Ox got to Cat and Rat’s house bright and early. but no one answered. He bellowed in the window.The day of the race arrived. .

.The two lazy animals were so deeply asleep that nothing Ox did would wake them up! It was getting late. and he was afraid that he would miss the start of the race… so he picked up Cat and Rat and put them on his back.

all three of them could be part of the Zodiac! . If he could get to the finish line first.The race began and Ox ran as fast as he could. carrying Cat and Rat on his back.

If Cat was awake. and got an idea. still fast asleep.Well all the bouncing around finally woke up Rat. He looked over at Cat. She was way too big and fast! Instead. there was no way he could beat her in a race. he gave Cat a shove and pushed her right off Ox’s back! .

. having rolled right into the river! She splashed her way out and watched as the racing animals sped past her.Cat sure woke up then.

Rat jumped as far as he could jump and managed to beat Ox across the line! This is why the Rat is the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac and Ox is the second. .As Ox neared the finish line. Rat climbed up onto his head. Just before Ox crossed the line to become the very first animal in the Zodiac.

After him comes the ox who is followed by the tiger. monkey. goat. horse. After them come the rabbit. in that order. dragon. rooster. . dog and pig.So the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac begins with the rat. snake.

. it must be noted. has no place in the zodiac.The Cat. He wasn’t among the first twelve.

. She was devastated and furious at the same time and swore to hate Rat forever.Cat never forgave Rat for pushing her off Ox’s back and into the water.

.That is why Cat chased after Rat… and cats all over the world nowadays still do.

The End .