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.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sweet Pea

A little calico manx with a trilled squeak of a miaow, Sweet Pea is indeed a sweetie of a cat.

Unfortunately, she suffers from the same birth defect that PeeWee has, causing her to leave a tiny yellow puddle or other offering anywhere she's paused. So once again, watch out for your feet.

According to the story provided by Lisa and posted on The Love Blog, a would-be adopter took in the little foundling and spent several months cleaning up after her before finally having to surrender her to RAPS.

The name Sweet Pea really seems to suit her. Still, my Japanese friend Ayako has got me calling her and other cats at Raps with similar colouring by the nickname of mike-chan (mike is pronounced mee-keh) from mike neko (三毛猫), meaning "3 colour cat" in Japanese. In North America, we refer to them as calico.

An interesting note about calicos: they are almost exclusively female. Apparently, it's impossible to get the black, white and orange pattern without two X chromosomes.

1 comment:

  1. Bless the woman that gave her to RAPS too (instead of the alternative!)

    Sweet Pea is so much love. She is so playful too. She loves to chase the laser pointer. Her meow is adorable.