RAPS is short for Regional Animal Protection Society, a registered charity and operator of a sanctuary which houses and cares for nearly 500 homeless or abandoned cats in Richmond, BC, Canada. The Neko Files is a celebration of the sanctuary and all those who live and work there.

Friday, September 11, 2009


As I wrote in my last post, dinner in the double wide is never served without the supervision and assistance of a number of cat helpers. This is increasingly becoming the case with the clean-up as well.

The 4 cans times 16 plus plates of cat food distributed at feeding time equals that many cans needing to be washed in preparation for recycling. There's an audience of cats sitting on every available surface watching me work, so I didn't really take much notice of this one little black cat with white paws until the day she stared a little longer at the tap running on full, cocked her head to one side, then gave the stream a little swat.

Splash splash...

The next week she's sitting on the edge of the washing machine next to the sink, waiting for me. I had trouble filling the water jugs we use to top up cats' water dishes because she would keep sticking her paw in under the tap and diverting the flow.

The next week she's waiting in the sink.

I'd seen a video that RAPS volunteer and blogger Barbara Doduk had taken of Lillix chasing a stream of water around the sink like it was the best cat toy in the world. This, of course, had to be tried...

...with most gratifying results.

By now I hear that Lillix the waterbaby is a common occurance. She loves playing in the sink so much that it can be hard to get to all those cans that need rinsing out. And no, you can't deter her by threatening to pour water on her - she's quite willing to get totally soaked over the course of her game. You just have to physically remove her from the sink.
And repeat as needed.

Given all the fun and games, I was surprised to hear from Leslie that Lillix came to the sanctuary as a shy feral. Here's what Leslie had to say:

"Lillix began her life at the sanctuary a few years ago as one of many young feral cats in one of our back pens.  When we decided to open the gate and let them run free, the shy kitties scattered and spent their days in hiding.

One afternoon, I spotted Lillix on the Newcomer's Deck, thought her extremely cute and decided to capture her and take her indoors.  We placed her into one of the big cages in the double wide, and began to familiarize her with human touch. In no time at all, Lillix began to respond and became very affectionate. We discovered that one of her front legs is turned outward, possibly from an injury at birth, but that it doesn't in any way impede her movement.

Now that she is tame, Lillix has become a favorite of many sanctuary volunteers. Her attempts to capture the water that pours from the tap (while oblivious to her sopping wet body) is a new game that everyone finds endlessly entertaining."


  1. It is so adorable, her water game, we play it every week. Tonight she got SOAKED, and even enjoys the playful fun of being towel dried. She is so affectionate. She jumped on my lap after, got my pants wet but who cares. She is a doll.

    We believe she is the sister of the cat "Maggie" that I adopted in April, as the tags in their ears are only 1 number different. I can see the likeness in their fur, size, face and personality. Maggie isn't into water, but she is one loveable girl.

    I have said IF I could have another cat (which sadly right now I can't) I would take home Lillix too. I'm sure I'm not the only one though. :)

  2. Ooo, I haven't tried towel drying her...
    Will have to give it a go on Monday.
    Don't know why it didn't occur to me before, since I used to have a cat who'd go out and sit in pouring rain just so he could come back in and be dried off!

  3. I swear she's the cleanest cat at the shelter,and yes, do towel her off. She loves that too. At least that way she won't "doggie" shake all over you hehe.
    Ann J.

  4. Yes, after being the victim of too many Lillix doggie-shakes, I've now officially adopted the towel drying ritual!