Why Cats Kill Rats African folktale is a folklore story about love, betrayal and murder.
African Folktale Why Cats Kill Rats
Ansa was Kingof Calabar for fifty years.
He had a very faithful cat as a housekeeper, and a rat was his house-boy.
The kingwas an obstinate, headstrong man, but was very fond of the cat, who had been in his store for many years.
The rat, who was very poor, fell in love with one of the king's servant girls, but was unable to give her any presents, as he had no money.
At last he thought of the king's store, so in the night-time, being quite small, he had little difficulty, having made a hole in the roof, in getting into the store. He then stole corn and pears, and presented them to his sweetheart.
At the end of the month, when the cat had to render her account of the things in the store to the king, it was found that a lot of corn and pears were missing.
The kingwas very angry at this, and asked the cat for an explanation…