Skabenga the Oyster Box cat may have been ill

2015-05-19 12:08
Skabenga in happier times. (Facebook)

Skabenga in happier times. (Facebook)

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Durban - The Oyster Box’s missing cat Skabenga may have been ill, and missed a vet appointment booked for him on Monday.

A review of the hotel’s security CCTV system shows he was last seen on Sunday evening. 

Oyster Box spokesperson Joanne Hayes said that the de facto mascot had turned up his nose at his food on Sunday.

“On Sunday the staff member who feeds him told the hotel manager that he had been off his food and we decided to make an appointment for him at the vet on Monday but he hasn’t been seen since,” she said.

“All the staff had been told to keep an eye out for him and obviously the entire property is surrounded by security fencing. In the entire time he has been here he has never gone beyond the boundary line.”

Hiding spots

She added that he had several “hiding spots” where he would retreat to avoid attention, but all had been searched.

“Now we have also extended the search and have people looking outside the hotel as well. This is really strange behaviour for him. We would obviously ask people if they see him to please call the hotel. There is considerable public concern because we have been inundated with calls about him,” she said.

The hotel’s Facebook page has been inundated with messages of support and a few people saying they had spotted him.

“My mom in law is resident at the oysters [sic] and she saw him outside after the boom gate just before you enter the hotel and he was eating grass and strolling further out,” wrote Euline Adams on Monday evening.

Another woman, Barbara Klusener Smillie, also spotted the furry feline: “I called reception earlier [on Monday] to check the office area, as I was waiting for a friend at about 5pm when I saw him slip behind someone into the office area. When we left at about 6.30 we looked for him but no luck!”

On Tuesday morning, the Oyster Box posted on Facebook: "Just an update for all Skabenga's friends and family - we still haven't found him but will continue our search today. #‎bringbackSkabenga."

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