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Meet World's Richest Cat

Italy's Tomasso inherits owner's $13.4 million estate, sort of
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2011 7:16 AM CST
Meet World's Richest Cat
File photo: This cat looks like Tommaso but is nowhere near as rich.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Now that's some serious scratch—Tommaso, a 4-year-old former stray, is now the world's richest cat, the inheritor of $13.4 million worth of properties around Italy, reports the Guardian. Tommaso's rich owner, a 94-year-old childless widow, died last month, leaving her entire estate to her cat. However animals cannot inherit property directly in Italy, so the widow named a cat-loving nurse she met in a park as Tommaso's trustee. "I had no idea the signora had such wealth," said the nurse, identified only as Stefania.

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Tommaso may be the world's richest cat, but he still has a long way to go to before the can compare to the world's richest dog—Gunther IV, a German Shepherd from Germany, is said to be worth $372 million. (Read more cat stories.)

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