$300,000 sure will buy a lot of kitty litter and cat food!
A Bronx widow literally left $300,000 to her two cats in her will, along with instructions that the funds be used to make sure the felines, Troy and Tiger, would “never be caged” and they would always be lovingly cared for.
Tiger really hit the jackpot. The former alley cat is currently living the good life in sunny Ocala, Fla., dining on filet- mignon-flavored Fancy Feast and also bedding down in a plush faux-fur bed with silk lining.
“He deserves it,” stated Dahlia Grizzle, who is the former home health aide to the late Ellen Frey-Wouters, and now Tiger’s caretaker. “He’s a wonderful cat.”
Frey-Wouters, who is a Netherlands native who worked for the United Nations, died in 2015 at age 88. Her husband, a Brooklyn College professor, died back in 1989, and the couple’s only child died in infancy.
“The cats were like her babies,” Grizzle stated.
Lawyer Irwin Fingerit was just a bit surprised when Frey-Wouters suggested that she leave the large sum to her kitties, court papers show.
“I said I didn’t think, you know, $300,000 was necessary, and I pointed out the case of the Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley, who left $65,000 to a dog and became sort of a laughingstock,’’ Fingerit stated during a 2016 hearing about the gift. (Helmsley actually left $12 million to her Maltese, Trouble.)
“But no, no, [Frey-Wouters] insisted,” Fingerit concludes, “She wanted to make sure they were taken care of.”