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Bologna's cats inherit plush apartment

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A woman in Bologna has left her €230,000 home as a gift to the city's stray cats. Photo: Mechele M.F/Flickr
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Stray cats in the northern Italian city of Bologna got some good news this week when they inherited a city-centre apartment worth €230,000.

The top-floor apartment on Via Varthema 48 boasts seven rooms, a garage and a garden lined with palm trees, La Repubblica reported.

The digs were bequeathed to the felines by the late Fiorella Scannabissi, the home's last owner who was a cat lover.

Scannabissi adopted many strays during her life and when she wrote her last will and testament in 1992, she decided she would leave her Bologna home to the city's strays.

But the felines won't actually be getting their paws on the home.

Scannabissi's will states that the local council should sell her home – after which all proceeds will go to the city's cattery, Trebbo di Reno, which looks after Bologna's strays.

“It is a really beautiful gift,” cattery worker Francesca told The Local. “Especially because our premises are in a state of disrepair.

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“We currently have space for about 100 cats, which isn't enough, so we rely heavily on volunteers and staff taking them in.”

“We would like to put the money towards building a new and bigger cattery, in which each cat would have its own room and maybe a little garden area.” 

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