Why cats chase rats

The Chinese Zodiac
Story
By. Zehan
Hawa

would be assigned to a year of the Chinese zodiac system in order of appearance and have a year named after them. .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.

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

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

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

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

. 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.The two lazy animals were so deeply asleep that nothing Ox did would wake them up! It was getting late.

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

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

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

.As Ox neared the finish line. 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. Rat climbed up onto his head. Just before Ox crossed the line to become the very first animal in the Zodiac.

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

has no place in the zodiac.The Cat. . it must be noted. 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 .

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