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, January 6, 2010

Huey & Hannah: Part I

Huey and Hannah both have the same background story, but their personalities are so different that I'm going to devote one posting to each.

For today, Hannah.

The story, from Lisa (originally published in The Love Blog, July 2009:
"Huey and Hannah: These two cats came to us from a woman who loves them very much. Unfortunately, she has some health issues and needed to move out of the basement suite where she was living. Her sisters found her a beautiful apartment but unfortunately it was not pet friendly. These cats were feral (wild) strays that had come into her yard and she tamed them slowly but surely. When they were in the cage adjusting to life at the shelter it was Hannah who was the friendliest, but now that they are out Hannah seems overwhelmed by all the cats and Huey is the friendliest. He has proved himself to be a real doll."
Even if Hannah is not entirely sure what to make of all those other cats, she has certainly remained friendly with people - to the extent that it's surprising to hear that she spent the early part of her life as a feral.

A warning about Hannah: her favorite form of greeting can be by way of an ambush. She's fond of leaping onto shoulders, occasionally from a height, and rarely with a concern whether her intentions have been noted. I was introduced to Hannah late last spring when she suddenly took a flying leap at me from a high shelf. This wouldn't have been a problem except for the fact that she misjudged the angle, failed to get a proper purchase on my shoulders and so proceeded to slide down my back, claws extended. Ow...
Next time, I was ready for her and we had a good old cuddle.

For those who feel in any way threatened by the prospect of a flying tabby, even one who comes in peace, memorize the face in these photos and look for the warning signs. The body language shown below is an excellent example of Hannah posture approximately 10 seconds pre-leap.

June 2017 - after years of living at the Sanctuary, Hannah has been adopted!
Be happy, little one!


  1. It looks like a chicken has been pecking at me from all the times she's dug her claws into me!!!! Lookng forward to the Huey story! Have you ever noticed when you call huey , Howie comes too and vice versa?
    Ann J

  2. She is a cutie. She likes to sleep ANYWHERE to, I have a very cute photo of her in a bucket.

  3. Hello hannah baby girl who I love so much that is in the double wide it was great to have u on my shoulders while I was moping the floor luckly you didn't fall in the water u stayed on my shoulders the whole time beisdes swatting ella