Lives in: Betty’s Bay with my parents right now, but planning on bringing him over to my flat in Cape Town soon. (P.s. If anyone has advice for moving with cats, that would be great! You can tweet me @nadi_krige)
Breed: Hehehehehe! Nothing specific. Guess he’s just a regular tabby cat who definitely has a good deal of wild cat in him, as his paw pads are black and he has tiny little tufts on his ears.
Formal training: Nope! He would formally train someone before anyone formally trains him :)
Best friends: Well, he’s had a few animal friends in his life: Oliver, a cute grey cat at my old flat in Stellenbosch. They used to chill in the driveway together looking in opposite directions, occasionally deigning to make actual eye contact. Then there was Mulder, our old German Shepherd, who sadly died last year at the age of 13. As a kitten Sandokan was absolutely petrified of this big dog, but later they became really fond of each other. He used to run up to Mulder, stand up on his hind legs and rub his head against Mulder’s chin. Crazy, but true.
Parents: Don’t know who his kittie parents are, so guess that makes me his mom. My parents are currently his foster parents. Think he might be getting a little too close to them!
Favourites: Pastime - hunting little field mice, birds and even snakes. He’s an excellent hunter. Also enjoys chilling in the sun on the back of a couch. Toys - he stopped liking real kitty toys quite early on, but still loves hiding inside bags and plastic packets, also boxes. Food - anything with Tuna. Whisker’s soft food is his favourite treat.
Tricks: Running like a race horse around the sitting room. Jack in the box moves out of boxes and plastic packets. Catching all kinds of weird and wonderful prey.
Pet peeves: His ‘cousin’ Rusty, my brother and them’s cat. Think their personalities clash. Sandokan is very much a solitary creature who likes doing his own thing, and Rusty is a social butterfly. So, when Rusty comes to visit Sandokan very quickly gets irritated with the little guy following him around and gives annoyed growls.
What makes him/her special? He’s just got this incredible personality and soulfulness. I often find myself thinking of him as a person, not an animal at all. He’s funny and cute and makes me laugh. He’s also managed to crawl into the hearts of everyone who’s ever come across him. Except my cousin, Nikola. They don’t seem to get along. haha!
Read more posts about Sandokan on Nadia’s blog.
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