An unneutered stray, he'd been hanging around the sanctuary for a while. When he was trapped and brought in at the beginning of the month, he was agitated by his new surroundings like many new strays, so it was hard to tell how he'd be.
With a couple of weeks to settle in, it's now clear that Colin does have some experience with people. Leslie thinks he may well have come from a farm.
He dances and rubs any visitor to his cage and enthusiastically meows for his dinner. He's still working out the finer points of the proper way to respond to the hand that pets him though, so that as much as he might court a touch of the hand, you may still get the odd experimental swat for your trouble.
It's hard to hold the odd clawing against him - he so clearly doesn't mean it. During my visit with him this evening, he tried giving me a little nip on the finger, thought better of it, and proceeded to lick the spot to make up to me.
Over the course of a single visit, he went from hiding under a chair to peering at me from the corner to a comfortable lounging on his blanket, paws contentedly outstretched. He seems to be well on the way to getting the hang of this being cuddled business.
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.