With a name that means ‘vagabond’ or ‘hooligan’ in Zulu, Skabenga, is The Oyster Box’s longest standing resident. This characterful cat first arrived at the property as a stray many years ago, and has since won the hearts of both the hotel staff and many guests. Typically found snoozing in the hotel lobby, Skabenga likes to think he helps make sure that guests have everything they need for an exceptional stay and, a keen connoisseur of the hotel’s cuisine, can be relied upon to ensure that the food served is of the highest standard. Here, Skabenga shares what a typical day at The Oyster Box is like for him.
Arrive back home after a night of tom-catting in the local neighbourhood.
After a very quick bath, I take up my customary position on the sumptuously comfortable couch in the lobby.
I wander outside so I can watch the Mongoose that run around the property looking for tasty insect treats – yuck! Not for me! By now, my slaves (otherwise known as hotel staff) are arriving for the day. I take great care to ensure that I wind myself between their legs before they have time to put their bags down, they are not impressed because they almost trip up, but it is a gentle reminder that I am HUNGRY! I breakfast on the hotel’s delicious Prawn Cocktail.
After my hearty breakfast, I reassume my position on the couch in the lobby to digest my meal.
I commence my first patrol of the day, a 20-metre dash to the hotel shop for a snooze on my blanket located under the cashmere scarves and pashminas display.
It’s lunch time! I make my way to the back office for lunch, Chef normally brings my freshly prepared kingklip through around this time, but I need to ensure that I swipe at his ankles as he walks past to remind him that I am exceptionally HUNGRY! After lunch, I patrol outside the hotel entrance – this is usually the time that the feral dogs come for lunch and I’m always hopeful that I might be able to discipline a couple of them. I lie under the cars – it lulls them into a false sense of security – and when they least suspect it, I make a dash to show them who is the boss.
Lounging in the afternoon sun is my favourite pastime. My preferred lounging spot is a very expensive, luxury car, such as a Maserati, Ferrari or Rolls Royce and I am particularly partial to soft top as it is the best place to relax, I fall asleep on the roof and leave my fur as a gift for the owner.
Check in time at the Oyster Box. I make sure I am well placed at the Concierge desk to showcase myself to the guests checking in and I allow them to pet me briefly. I also keep an eye out for any pooches checking in so that they can see me and know that I am the boss around here.
Time for High Tea! I always enjoy a saucer of milk mid-afternoon. I tend to get a little tetchy around this time because lots of people call me fat, but as I keep on trying to explain – I have a thyroid problem and big bones… Why will no-one believe me?!
Back office again as it’s time for my daily check up on the Reservations staff and also my daily fix of Catnip – I do love this weed. I prefer to enjoy this on the busy staff members desk so that I can roll around in it and they can watch me. It is one of my best party routines. I’m not afraid to shout at a few staff either if I feel that they are working too hard and not paying me enough attention.
I wander out to the front of the hotel for a snooze on one of the loungers. It’s important for me to get my beauty sleep in as it’s almost night time and I need to keep my strength, up so a cat nap is the perfect way to do this.
And so the Party begins……
Image Credits: All image courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels.