World’s Richest Cats…Number 3

April 6, 2017-The tale of Tommaso the cat is a true rags-to-riches story! The stray black beauty was homeless on the streets of Rome when Maria Assunta, the widow of a successful real estate tycoon, took him in.

As her health began to fail Maria, who had no children, knew that she needed to find Tommaso someone who loved him as much as she did so she instructed her attorneys to find an animal welfare association who would look after him. When they were unable to find such a place with the right person, Maria left all of her money to Tommaso via her nurse Stefania who cared for her until the day she passed away. Stefania’s last name has never been disclosed in order to protect her identity, Tommaso’s identity and to foil any attempts at kidnapping or ransom orders.

She left her $133 million dollar fortune to her beloved kitty Tommaso when she died at the age of 94. The feline’s newfound riches include cash, as well as properties in Rome, Milan and land in Calabria.

I’m so glad Tommaso found a loving home with someone who wanted to give him the world!

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Do You?…I Do! And So Do A Lot of Others!…

A lot of people do this…and I must say that I am one of those people. To be honest, I feel like this is a normal thing in our house…but then again define normal:)

I am a cat mum that buys her beautiful boys Easter baskets. There I said it, and I must say that it’s freeing! Sure, I buy my guys Christmas and Birthday presents, Halloween costumes and toys by the truckload but it’s because I love to and because they kind of expect it. Sigh, I’ve created monsters I’ll admit it.

If you’re a pet parent that buys your furry friend presents of any kind, take heart because you’re not alone. Did you know that 95% of pet parents buy their cats/dogs/rabbits/ferrets/hamsters/fish…presents? And why shouldn’t we? They make our lives so special.

If you’re planning on gifting the special pet in your life an Easter basket this year, here are a few ideas:

1) A cute bowtie or bow– I did this for my cats Simba and Sebastien, and I must say that they look dashing! I can’t wait for them to wear them on Easter Sunday for their photo shoot:) Again, define normal. Please make sure that the bow or bow tie is quick release if attached to any kind of collar to prevent from choking. I only put outfits and accessories on my kitties when they’re supervised and only for a short amount of time while I snap a few photos. I want them to be comfortable and safe, but I’m not necessarily worried about them being embarrassed:) Stay tuned for their photos which I’ll post closer to Easter!

2) Organic catnip– I find that my cats go crazy for organic catnip. Every once in a while I give them a sprinkle, and they’re in heaven! Be sure to use a high-quality catnip to ensure there aren’t any adverse preservatives that will be harmful to your cat and only include this in their Easter basket if they enjoy it in the first place.

3) A new toy– While I was at the Hamilton Cat Fanciers cat show this weekend, I managed to scoop up a few treats for Simba and Sebastien. I always choose toys that are made of excellent quality materials. I never choose anything with bells or small balls/eyes that they might be able to chew off and swallow. If I do pick a toy that has ribbon or feathers, I make sure that my cats are supervised while playing to ensure that they don’t ingest anything. When I’m not home, those toys go in a box with a lid.

4) Treats– I’m not a huge fan of giving my cats treats for the simple reason that they don’t need them. The other reason why I don’t often give treats is that my cats are both on prescription food. Every once in a while I’ll buy them some freeze dried chicken that is made specifically for cats. They seem to like it, and I feel better giving them something close to the real thing. Include a couple of high-quality food treats in your Easter basket to make it extra special.

So there you have it! The perfect Easter basket for your feline friend.

LLB

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A Poem…a very short poem…

He prowls in the moonlight and stalks his prey in silence; if only his poor victim knew about the coming violence. A deathly blow from thunderous paws make the prey his feast and a tiny slice of tiger roars within the feline beast.

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Pic of the day…

Good Morning Everyone, If you would like your cat to be featured on the Pic of the day, send me some info about your cat and a clear photo and I’ll post it! I look forward to seeing some new feline friends on the kittycatclan.com!

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Seabass resting up for…?