Loyal Cat in Italy Visits Owner's Grave Daily, Brings 'Gifts'

| by Denise A Justin

A cat in Montagnana, Italy, named Toldo, has not forgotten the kindness of Renzo Iozzelli, who adopted him from a cat colony when he was three months old, and he faithfully travels every day to guard the grave where Renzo was buried. The three-year-old male cat's devotion to his beloved owner far transcends just gratitude for rescuing him and providing his daily needs, and seems to transcend even death.

Toldo has visited his owner's grave every day for more than a year, bringing him affectionate little cat gifts.

Owner Renzo Iozzelli and Toldo were very close, according to the widow, Ada. He adopted Toldo as a homeless kitten from a cat colony.

"My husband was very affectionate with him," Ada told the Italian website Corriere Fiorentino, as quoted by the Huffington Post. "Renzo loved animals. It's almost as if Toldo would be grateful. He is a special cat, one cannot help liking him, " Ada said.

Iozzelli died in September of 2011 at the age of 71. The day of the funeral, Toldo followed the procession to the cemetery. The next morning, Ada said she found a little piece of acacia on the grave. The next night, Iozzelli's son found Toldo standing guard at the grave.

Since that time, he's brought gifts to the grave each day. "He brings little twigs, leaves, toothpicks, plastic cups. A bit of everything really," Ada told the AFP.

Not all visitors to the cemetery appreciate Toldo's devotion. Ada said that some people have thrown rocks at him to get him to leave, considering the presence of a cat a desecration. But nevertheless he returns as often as he can, despite the cold winter weather to bring the warmth in his heart to Renzo Iozzelli.

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

Toldo the tomcat.
Credit: Corriere Fiorentino


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