Toldo, a cat living in Montagnana, northern Italy, was rescued when he was just a kitten and shared a very special bond with his owner Renzo until the elderly man passed away a couple of years ago.
Since then, Toldo has been visiting his owner’s grave every day and bringing him small presents. The gifts usually consist of leaves, sticks, twigs, plastic cups or paper towels.
Neighbors see Toldo wandering around the cemetery throughout the day, everyday.
“Today I went to the cemetery with Toldo. On my way back, someone I know told me the cat has already been there earlier this morning,” Renzo’s widow, Ada, said.
It all started the day of the funeral, when the cat followed the coffin from the house to the cemetery.
The next morning, Ada went to the grave again. “We went to the cemetery with my daughter and 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.”
That night, however, Renzo’s son returned to the cemetery and found Toldo standing guard at the grave.
Ada says that her late husband shared a particularly strong bond with Toldo — He’d adopted the feline from a feral cat colony when he was just a kitten.
Unfortunately, not everyone believes in the sanctity of the relationship between Toldo and his owner and some people often try to shoo the cat away.
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“Some people shoo him away by throwing things at him. Some old people believe the presence of an animal in the cemetery is disrespectful to the dead.” she said.
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Still, Toldo remains resilient and continues to visit the grave everyday.
“My husband was a very affectionate man and he loved animals so much, especially Toldo and I think Toldo is now trying to show his gratefulness. He is a very special cat, and it’s impossible not to love him, ” Ada said.