RAPS is short for Richmond 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, July 18, 2011

Update: Headbutt Harry needs another nickname...?

"Headbutt" Harry, so known for his adorable tendency to bonk his head against humans he's feeling affectionate towards, has unfortunately become the latest member of our one-eyed cat club.

Earlier this month, what appeared to be a fairly straightforward and treatable infection turned out to be serious enough that our vet had to give us the bad news that he wouldn't be able to save the eye.

Harry soon returned to the sanctuary plus a cone and minus some depth perception. It was hard to tell which of these was most cramping his style. Fortunately, he had more than a few of his human friends and well-wishers on hand to make sure he could get at his food easily and to generally make a fuss over him.

I hear he even got a few headbutts in, or at least what were meant to be: in actual fact they were more sharp jabs with the edge of his cone.

The cone is now off and my visit this evening was greeted with vigorous bonks of his forehead against any part of me that came within range (though his favorite still seems to be the classic forehead-to-forehead bash).

So we need to think about changing "Headbutt" Harry to "One-eyed" Harry?
Nah. That trademark "bonk!" still says it all.


  1. So glad to read that Headbutt Harry is coming around to his old self again. I saw him the day after his operation and he looked so pathetic it broke my heart. I love that cat.

  2. Love the new header pic BTW

  3. Huggable Harry? Try sitting in the chair in his cage and patting your lap, he's been leaping onto a few of us whether we like it or not.

  4. "Huggable Harry" - I like that!