That's not your Bast - that's my Mowlie!:wink: I think black cats tend to lookalike anyway. It took me nearly 7 months with him before he started to show any affection. Initially, he wouldn't purr indoors - when outside he was fine, which led me to think he'd never lived inside. I got him when he was probably still under a year - and would shy away from being stroked. He was a real monster too, so much so that after he'd pulled all the curtains down that was the final straw and I returned him to Battersea after a month or so. Then went back the next day and got him again! That was over 10 years ago. He is now the most affectionate of the four. Very intelligent and still a super fast killing machine. Regular mouse presents still arrive! Though his biggest 'coo' was bringing home a - live - racing pigeon once! As it was ringed, I got hold of the owner and found it had been on its maiden voyage from Essex. I kept it overnight to recover and then released it the next morning.