A man and his cat

Long, long ago there lived a man who had no family.
He had no wife and children. He had only a cat. The man liked his cat very much and the cat liked the man, too. Every day when the man had dinner the cat sat on a chair at the table. The cat had its plate and the man always put some meat or fish into the cat's plate. Sometimes he gave the cat some soup or milk with some bread in it.
One day the cat came into the room and put a large rat into the man's plate. You see, the cat wanted to thank the man for the food that the man had given it every day for a number of years.