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Let me be reincarnated as a cat

Earlier today I came across this article I wish to share with you. It appeared in the on-line edition of the Guardian UK on December 9, 2011 and is written by John Hopper (Rome).

Since I take care of Ms Kitty I know how spoiled she can be, especially when it comes to what she eat, considering never twice in a row the same thing. In other words no left-overs! So when I found this article about a stray cat now being the riches feline, I wonder if he is going to invite any of his friends over.

Now don’t you wish in your second life to come back as a feline?

The article:

Italian cat inherits €10m fortune

Four-year-old stray becomes world's richest feline
after death of 94-year-old mistress

A black cat. Tommaso, a four-year-old stray, has become the world's richest cat 
Photograph: Alamy

Tommaso, a four-year-old, one-time stray from Rome, is thought to have become the world's richest cat.

Since the death of his 94-year-old mistress last month, he has become a property magnate — or perhaps mognate — with flats and houses worth an estimated €10m scattered from Milan in the north to Calabria in the south.

In a handwritten will, signed on 26 November, 2009, Tommaso's mistress — the childless widow of a successful builder — gave her lawyers the task of identifying "the animal welfare body or association to which to leave the inheritance and the task of looking after the cat Tommaso".

One of the lawyers, Anna Orecchioni, told the Rome daily Il Messaggero they considered several organizations without getting adequate guarantees of the cat's future comfort and welfare. In the meantime, the old lady met a fellow cat-lover – named only as Stefania – in a park. "Sometimes I'd go to her house so my cat could play with Tommaso," Stefania said.

As the old lady became increasingly frail, Stefania, a nurse, began to take care of her.

"She needed someone to help her move around, shower and eat. I looked after until the end," she said.

Under Italian law, animals cannot inherit directly. But they can be beneficiaries if a suitable trustee is found. The elderly widow decided to entrust the cat – and his fortune – to Stefania.

Tommaso's trustee, who is now looking after him an undisclosed address outside Rome, said: "I had no idea the signora had such wealth."

But the fortune pales by comparison with that of Gunther IV, an Alsatian who inherited from his father Gunther III, the pet of a German countess. According to the Pet Gazette, he is worth around $372m.

The richest cat was previously thought to be Blackie, who was left £9m by his reclusive British owner in 1988.

Do I care about the Italian Gigilo? Na . . . 
I like it here on my throne pillow, so now let me go back to sleep.



iris said...

moi je veux bien épousé Tommaso
en plus il est beau
j' ai réussi à mettre un traducteur
de langue google dans mon blog
à bientôt
edith ( iris )

weaverpat said...

Dearest Miss K,
Dad would be heartbroken if you ran off to Italy for that rich tomcat.
I'm so glad you did not let the lure of wealth turn your head!

Sparkle said...

I think I am rich enough already - I have a big house and a servant and I am already more fortunate than a lot of other cats.

Katnip Lounge said...

Of course, Cats are priceless.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You are loved for yourself and not for your wealth. That makes you richer. :)

ABBY said...

Mom says she hates that legally cats are only considered property. We hope all of these kitties were well cared for. We know how important animals are, even if those who inherit don't.

Patty said...

A wonderful tribute. The photographs are beautiful.

meowmeowmans said...

Dear Miss Kitty and Dad Egmont,

As long as the cat I was reincarnated in had a loving home, and a human who doted over me, then my answer is an unequivocal YES. :)

Hope you are doing well.

Stacy Hurt said...

MOL! Miss K, you are divine!
My heart goes out to the Italian Gigilo, his life won't be easy from now. I'm sure the $ won't replace his person though.

Ms. Stella O'Houligan

Miss Kitty said...

Oh boy, some of these comments are very interesting and very imaginative.

Dad has been busy in the house these passed several days getting the house ready for Christmas, but once we have it all done, we will be visiting your blogs to see what you have been up to and say hello.

Warmest regards,
Ms K and dad

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Lucky cats to have a secure life after their loved one goes.

Team Tabby said...

Three of us here are inherited cats, but there are no riches in dollars for us, but we are loved and looked after well, so we are happy and fortunate.


iris said...


Miss Kitty
et à son papa
à bientôt

Takie Reyes said...

I think being cat is really nice, cat 's is really pure and loving.

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