Italian Cat Brings Gifts to His Late Master's Tomb

The story of a cat who visits his master's tomb and brings him little presents on an almost daily basis a year after the man's death has moved the inhabitants of a village in central Italy.

"He brings little twigs, leaves, toothpicks, plastic cups. A bit of everything really," Renzo Iozzelli's widow Ada told Agence France Presse on Friday from Montagnana, a mountain village near Florence.

"Sometimes he comes with me and sometimes he goes on his own. The whole town knows about him now!"

Toldo the cat -- a grey-and-white three-year-old tomcat -- followed Iozzelli's funeral procession last year and has continued going to the cemetery ever since, a habit usually ascribed to dogs.

"He loved my husband. It was something else! Now it's just me, my daughter and my son-in-law and he's very affectionate with us too," she said. (Source)

Ada said the journey to and from the cemetery each day had tired Toldo out in the cold winter weather.

"He's not going out so much these days. He's caught a bit of bronchitis so he's sleeping next to me."

Responses to "Loyal Italian Cat, Toldo, Brings Gifts To Owner's Grave"

  1. What an amazing story.

  2. jenn1naustralia says:

    must be a magic cat seems to change into a different cat in each of these photos lol but lovely story

  3. Anonymous says:

    Look at the markings. It's the same cat, just different lighting. Such a beautiful story.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! and Magical :-)

  5. Great and real friends of humankind, if you could know them closely.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just hate it when people say cats are not loyal like dogs ! I've seen cats stare out of windows when its time for their family" to return from work,n I also know my daughter-in-laws cats wait in the bathroom when she gets ready for work n sometimes walks her to the door !

  7. Anonymous says:

    Nice story makes you realise that animal "ARE MUCH MORE LOYAL THAN PEOPLE."

  8. jenn1naustralia says:

    You were right re : the cat being the same just the lighting, anonymous re two of the photos but originally when I typed my response there was another photo which was a calico cat where the other cat is a tabby......My cat waits under the window for me to return from work.......sometimes she is sitting, sometimes lying asleep and wakes when my car pulls into the driveway...people have thought she was a statue when she has not moved as she sits there waiting on me...

  9. Ruth says:

    Ooh I'm so moved by this story. Thank you White Wolf. Sorry I was away somewhere not very good so have a lot of posts to catch up on. Happy New Year _()_

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