Loyal Cat Brings Gifts and Visits to His Master’s Tomb

A gray and white cat named Toldo, has been visiting his beloved master’s tomb, bringing all kinds of little presents since the day of Reno Iozzelli’s funeral. “He brings little twigs, leaves, toothpicks, plastic cups. A bit of everything really,” said Reno’s widow Ada via AFP from Montagnana, a mouton village near Florence (RawStory).

Renzo passed away back in September 22, 2011, aged 71. He took in Toldo from a cat colony when he was only three months old and the two became very close to each other.

Ada told Corriere Fiorentino that no one noticed the cat’s behavior when he followed Iozzelli’s funeral procession until later when he began to make his regular trips to the cemetery, bringing little sprigs and gifts to the gravestone. “Sometimes he comes with me and sometimes he goes on his own,” Ada added.

The day after the funeral, they found a sprig of acacia on the grave, then later that evening, they saw Toldo standing guard at the grave. The story quickly spread out in the village. Many people also witnessed it. “The whole town knows about him now,” 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,” she said via RawStory.


Italian cat brings gifts to his late master’s tomb


Italian cat brings gifts to his late master’s tomb


Source: corriere fiorentino and Raw Story

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51 Responses to “Loyal Cat Brings Gifts and Visits to His Master’s Tomb”

  1. Denise says:

    that’s so touching

  2. Shelly Lyon says:

    What an inspiring, eternal connection. Glad this wonderful cat is still sharing his life with a loving family.

  3. Tina1649 says:


  4. Karla says:

    *Tear* This is such an amazing story.

  5. rocky says:

    Love is forever!

  6. Lori Udenberg says:

    This is another example of how rescue animals are forever devoted to their rescuers.

  7. Renate says:

    What a wonderful touching story. The cat Toldo must miss his daddy very much, and grieve for him. Perhaps he thinks if he brings enough gifts, his dad will come back and get them, or play with them. Bless the little guy.

  8. C says:

    Tears in my eyes. I love Toldo! Sweet man.

  9. Jo says:

    Awww… and errr… a cat named Toldo raised near Florence… I take it his beloved late master Renzo was a Fiorentina fan… :)

  10. MizFurball says:

    And here is a dog who guarded his master’s grave for 14 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Bobby

  11. Winston says:

    Very moving if true….

  12. dinah says:

    what a sweet angel cat,hope one day they will be reunited.

  13. whitecato says:

    i just hope he won’t get ran over by vehicles when he visits his master’s tomb, just like what happened to the cat who rides on the 10am bus everyday in London… this cat was ran over by a motorcycle…

    • Jillian says:

      Nooooooo. Really? I remember watching that video…did the kitty survive? So sad! But you’re right, in busy areas cats are better off NOT wandering the streets. Perhaps Toldo’s home town is a quieter place?

  14. nuomineko says:

    wonderful story about love and faithfulness. thank you!

  15. pumbie says:

    Love beyond life, as it is the real one!. Toldo is a handsome boy, too:)

  16. Della says:

    It is lovely that he is loyal, but also that he has a caring family.

  17. Beverly says:

    True love I worry about my cats if something happens to me. I love all my pets Each one holds a special place in my heart

  18. Lee says:

    Cats feel grief and loss just like us.

  19. maralyn says:

    Animal love know no bounds.

  20. Cindy Jackson says:

    that’s awesome & some ppl say cats r stupid ….. NO THEY’RE NOT!!

  21. kitty cat says:

    i had tears in my eyes when reading that

  22. kitty cat says:

    i <3 this story i love reading this

  23. Mercedez Ali says:

    awww this is very cute

  24. Carolyn Schellhardt says:

    Love never dies. This is the proof.

  25. nolruck says:

    such a beautiful soul cat!!!

  26. Andy says:

    Loyal and loving, no matter what.

  27. Ann says:

    What a sweet story. Like Greyfriars Bobby except he’s a kitty.

  28. Mary says:

    it made me cry; This story reminded me of my beloved Lorie. She used to bring gifts to me. The most memorable one was a palmeto bug still alive when I was trying to fall asleep; it made me jump off the bed.

  29. Jane Ennis says:

    Lovely, lovely story!!!

  30. Jan says:

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we humans were as loyal to each other ! This story reminds me of another in which one person walked for hours to the other side of the native island home to retrieve a particular seashell to give a friend on his birthday. Realizing the effort it took, the giftee commented on his friend’s LONG walk, to which the native gifter replied :
    “Walk is part of gift.” We can learn much from Toldo !

  31. Luv2Nest says:

    So Heartwarming, animals give us so much more then we give them, because all they want is Love…♥

  32. Iffat says:

    What a touching story. Toldo sure loves his daddy, what a sweetie-pie, & so handsome!

  33. Ingrid says:

    This brings tears to my eyes. Beautiful story!

  34. linda says:

    happy new year to all you cat lovers. yet again some beautiful stories on this site. very heartwarming to hear

  35. Jillian says:

    What a sweet, handsome cat! Some day people will ALL wake up and realize, animals are no different then us inside, and then maybe the heartless cruelties that are commonplace today will finally stop.

  36. Karen says:

    What a beautiful cat. It just shows people that cats are as loyal as dogs. This sstory brings tears to my eyes

  37. Mark says:

    What a Loyal Kitty

  38. Deb says:

    I truly enjoy reading the wonderful stories, even when they make me cry. How unfortunate that people can still be cruel to so many of God’s beautiful creatures.

  39. Debra Olsen says:

    :-) & :-( So Bittersweet. Toldo is beautiful. Please take good care of him, always!

  40. Franklin says:

    This story is so touching and bitter sweet. I wish Toldo and his family the best.

  41. guest says:

    this story brought tears to my eyes. amazing! thank you for posting this…

  42. Carol says:

    What a special kitty!

  43. Debra says:

    This story shows you that animals feel love & loss as much as we do. Why are humans still so ignorant.

  44. anne smith says:


  45. Nina Rose says:

    This just made me cry, it broke my heart, that poor kitten. And people say animals don’t love but that is a lie. They love and feel just like us.

  46. pollee kuslak says:

    what love and loyalty…i wish all people were so.

  47. A.L.Wilson says:

    How precious. I love my kitties and they love me dearly. I always tried to plan never to leave one behind, at least should I pass more or less naturally by age. Some people do not understand the strength of the bond cats can have for you . they are truely amazing creatures and it has always been an honor to know them. Each and every one.Bless Toldo in his faithful steadfast love.

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