Mac & Mac's Pick: A Purrfect Heir

By WEEK Reporter

December 12, 2011 Updated Dec 12, 2011 at 11:16 PM CDT

It's a rags-to-riches story for Tommaso, one of Rome's many stray cats who found a home with an heiress.

A 94-year-old woman identified as Maria Assunta, left her fortune and properties -- worth over $13 million -- to Tommaso the cat.

According to The Telegraph Maria Assunta left her "entire estate" to the cat under the care of a trusted nurse.

Italian law, perhaps unsurprisingly, does not allow animals to inherit directly.

Despite Tommaso's new fortune, reports say that his riches only put him at number 3 on the list of the world's richest pets.

Italy is in the midst of a financial crisis... Many people not too happy about this.

Most people said the donor should not have done it, but one man said it was clear the only person the woman loved was the cat.