Toldo, a 3-year-old grey-and-white tomcat from Montagnana, a small medieval town in northeast Italy, has been leaving token gifts at the grave of its former owner everyday for over a year.The owner Iozelli Renzo, died on Sept. 22, 2011 at the age of 71.
According to AFP, the story of the cat has moved hearts in Montagnana. Renzo's widow, Ada, said the cat "brings little twigs, leaves, toothpicks, plastic cups. A bit of everything really," everyday to the grave of his former owner.
The widow said: “Sometimes he comes with me and sometimes he goes on his own. The whole town knows about him now!”
The Huffiington Post reports that the Italian language website, Corrierre Fiorentino, reports Ada said: "Even today I went to the cemetery with Toldo. On the way back, someone I know told me the cat has already been there early this morning."
According to AFP, Toldo the cat followed his master's funeral procession from the house to the cemetery last year and has since been returning to the grave everyday with small gifts. Ada reports that when she went to the grave with her daughter on the morning after the funeral, they "found a sprig of acacia on the grave. I immediately thought that it was the cat, but my daughter was convinced that I was just in a very emotional state at that moment."
The Huffiington Post reports that according to the Italian language website Dreuz.info, Renzo's son returned to the cemetery on the night of the same day and found Toldo standing at the grave.
Ada explains that her late husband had a very close relationship with Toldo. She says he adopted the cat when he was just 3 months old.
Toldo the cat
AFP reports Ada said: “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."
According to The Huffington Post, Ada told La Nazione that many have tried to prevent the cat from visiting his master's grave. She said: "There are insensitive people who send him away with stones or other things, convinced that the presence of an animal in the cemetery is almost a desecration."
But Toldo persisted and still visits the grave, Ada said. AFP, however, reports that the cold winter weather has prevented the cat recently. According to Ada: "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: "My husband was very affectionate with him. Renzo loved animals. It's almost as if Toldo would be grateful. He is a special cat, one can not help liking him."
Digital Journal reported last September, the story of a German shepherd mix, Capitán, who stood guard over his master's grave for six years. He ran away from home after his master Miguel Guzman, died in 2006. When Guzman's family visited the grave after the funeral, they found the dog sitting on it.