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.

Friday, March 28, 2014


Jellybean came to RAPS as a feral cat and for a long time didn't want to have anything to do with humans. After losing a good deal of her sight, though, we became a bit harder to avoid.

Jellybean still manages to get around the doublewide, snoozing in various spots on shelves or high up on top of the cages. I first got to know her a little when Leslie asked me to start giving her a plate of her own at dinner time because it wasn't as easy for her to go and get wet food from one of the big plates we put out. Jellybean accepted my food offering, but clearly wasn't comfortable with any contact, so I didn't push it.

It's only fairly recently that I tried again to reach out and touch and discovered that Jellybean has gotten more comfortable with the idea. These days she often sits on top of the cages, and so if I want her to actually get more than a few bites of her individual serving of wet food before other cats move in and eat it right out from under her, I have to stand guard until she's had her fill. This has led to experimental patting, stroking, and even a few forehead bonks. And before I knew it, we'd gone from Jellybean wanting nothing to do with me to Leslie calling her my new best friend.


  1. Because she's an almost-blind cat, I am constantly surprised to find Jellybean on the floor or in a cage as well as up on top. I've not seen her starting the descent (and I'd love to know how she gets over the edge) but I've seen her coming down, clinging to the mesh like a monkey!

  2. Will try to entice her down with some food next time I'm in the doublewide. She seems to be intrigued but unsure whenever I let her sniff my hand.

  3. does she like to be held?

  4. She is such a sweetheart! I've been to see her a couple of times in the last 2 weeks. Each time she's been very cautious at the start, then after a brief hello and a sniff of the fingers she turns into a purr machine. I've tried to hold her but she turned into spaghetti kitty and we resumed the petting from her perch. Haven't tried her on my lap yet. She's in a cage for TLC in the double-wide and really appreciates the attention. She likes it if you talk to her. Seek her out, she's a doll! - Laura F.

  5. Its not the same without you Jelly. RIP sweet one.