Mews and Nips: Cat Inherits $13 Million Fortune


Who says black cats bring bad luck? A cat in Rome, Italy, is proof that being a black cat can be a very lucky thing indeed. ABC News’ Good Morning America reported that Tomasso, a 4-year-old stray cat rescued from the streets of Rome has inherited a $13 million fortune from his owner, the wealthy widow of an Italian property tycoon. Read the full story on ABC News’ website.


Earlier this week, rumors that Ellen DeGeneres was planning on bringing a vegan cat food to market had cat health advocates, including me, up in arms. Halo Purely for Pets®, the pet food company involved in the rumors, has since announced that the rumor is false. Though they are planning on introducing a vegan dog food in early 2012, but thankfully, they have no plans to develop or market a vegan diet for cats. 


I don’t usually include links to giveaways hosted on other blogs, but Moderncat is hosting such an awesome one, I just have to share it with you. As you know, I’m a huge fan of Spirit Essences and Jackson Galaxy, and I also have a close connection to them: I provide the Reiki that goes into the spring water used in the essences. Enter the giveaway at Moderncat, and you could be one of five winners of the Spirit Essence recommended by Jackson specifically for your cat’s situation. The givewawy ends December 22. For more details and to enter, visit Moderncat.

Today’s video shows more kitties having Christmas fun. How are your holiday decorations holding up?


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: black cat (not Tomasso), photo of cats eating by taiyofj/, photo of Jackson Galaxy from


14 Comments on Mews and Nips: Cat Inherits $13 Million Fortune

  1. caren gittleman
    December 17, 2011 at 11:44 pm (8 years ago)

    thanks for the “heads up” about Modern Cat! I am so behind on emails and my blog reading that I hadn’t seen that yet!

  2. Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101
    December 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m curious what the next step for the Roman cat who inherited 10 million Euros and I’m investigating the story and (exercising my rusty Italian). Widely circulated with differing facts, this is a great story that smells fishy. No one has even posted a definitive photo of Tomassino.

    Thank goodness for Ellen nixing the vegan cat food idea.
    The giveaway sounds amazing.
    Who can ever get enough of cute kitty videos?

    • Ingrid
      December 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm (8 years ago)

      One of the stories I read about Tomasso said that they were careful to keep his identity concealed for fear of him being kidnapped. Maybe that’s why there’s no good photo of him available.

  3. Rumpy Drummond
    December 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm (8 years ago)

    I understand the desire to want to not support the meat industry, but there are ways to feed your cats the food they NEED without bypassing meat. There are some that use ethically sound practices in raising and slaughtering animals, or you can always buy meat from a local farmer and make your own food.

    • Ingrid
      December 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm (8 years ago)

      I, too, understand that people may feel strongly about their own vegan lifestyle, and I respect that. But I don’t think it’s right to force an obligate carnivore to fit into our human lifestyle choices. As you pointed out, there are other ways to make mindful and conscious choices for our cats without harming their health.

  4. Lorie Huston, DVM
    December 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Good point, Rumpy!

  5. Katnip Lounge
    December 17, 2011 at 11:26 am (8 years ago)

    The video was great! Thanks for the chuckles.

    • Ingrid
      December 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Trish!

  6. Max the Quilt Cat
    December 17, 2011 at 6:48 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for a great post. I’m glad to know more about the vegan diet. Interesting.

    pawhugs, Max

    • Ingrid
      December 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm (8 years ago)

      Trust me, you would not want to be a vegan kitty, Max!

  7. Lorie Huston, DVM
    December 17, 2011 at 1:53 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you for the link, Ingrid. I have to admit I was quite relieved when I received verification that Halo was not planning a vegan cat food. Unfortunately, there are still others out there.

    BTW, I love the video with the Christmas kitties :))

    • Ingrid
      December 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks for the great post, Lorie. I’m glad you enjoyed the video!

    • Cassie Belles
      December 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm (8 years ago)

      I hadn’t heard about veg food for cats. I had read somewhere some woman was feeding her dogs strictly veg. A meat eating animal needs meat for proper nutrition even if they also eat some veggies. My dogs loved carrots as a treat, quite often the 3 of us would chomp away. Without them I have no inclination to eat a raw carrot. I think if I had tried giving them nothing but veggies, they would’ve thrown their bowls at me. After 4 dogs & 1 cat over the last 40 years,I learned something about what they like & what is good for them.


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