This year’s Chinese New Year is the Year of the dog and begins on Friday, February 16. Which is great, we LOVE dogs…but why is there no Chinese Year of the Cat? Why is the cat, an animal that usually well represented in the Chinese culture, so notably missing? Our Pawsome team of investigative reporters find out…


Legend has it, a looooong time ago, the Jade Emperor decided that the earthly calendar would be represented by 12 animals, and ordered the beasts and birds of the world to come to his palace, the first dozen getting the job.

At the time, the cat and the rat were good friends. When they heard the news, the cat said to the rat: “We should arrive early to sign up, but I usually get up late.”

The rat promised to wake his pal up so they could go together but, because he was so excited, he forgot and went alone.

On the way, the rat bumped into the tiger, ox, horse and other animals – who were all much faster than him.

He hatched a plan and convinced the ox to carry him on his back – on the condition that the rat sang throughout the journey.

The ox arrived first, but the rat sneaked in front of him and became the first lucky animal.

By the time the cat arrived, the selection was over – which is why the cat hates the rat and will always try to chase him.

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