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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Princess first came to my attention by doing this:

photo provided by Michele

Ages ago I looked after a golden retriever who used to sit this way, but I'd never seen a cat do it. Leslie tells me that "Princess is one of just 3 cats at the sanctuary who can lie with their legs straight out behind them."
So - very unusual! Cat yoga, anyone?

While not as assertively or determinedly friendly as some cats at the sanctuary (i.e. not so likely to climb up your leg like Sadie or give you a hug like Leonard), Princess does seem to like people and is certainly amenable to being stroked now and again. I was surprised to find out that she wasn't tame when she was brought to RAPS.

Princess and Groucho
From Leslie:
"Princess came to us as a young feral who was part of a household of around 30 cats and kittens. The woman who'd kept all those cats was forced to move from her rental house in Vancouver when the owner decided to sell it. We named the little tabby with the bushy tail Princess because of her delicate beauty.  It took about one year for her to learn to trust us and now she's completely tame."

Princess and Squirrel

1 comment:

  1. Princess suits her name. For the record, my Bear Cat lays like a frog like that too. I have always wondered if other cats do this. Nice to know my cat isn't 100% weird.