Curiosity leads cat to unusual haunt

MARNI the cat has caused controversy over its appearances at Ipswich cemetery and close contact with the dead.The chocolate-brown Burmese cat has been a regular visitor since it first appeared there last year, occasionally sneaking into services.

MARNI the cat has caused controversy over its appearances at Ipswich cemetery and close contact with the dead.

The chocolate-brown Burmese cat has been a regular visitor since it first appeared there last year, occasionally sneaking into services.

Mike Grimwood, services manager at the crematorium, said: "Marni crawled his way here last year after being hit by a car. We took him to the vets as it looked like he would not survive from his injuries.

"Ever since, Marni comes to visit us quite a lot throughout the week. He sometimes walks among the visitors or comes in to see the cleaners.


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"He is a fantastic character and when the mourners see him they love him. He provides a little light relief through people's sadness, and often brings a smile to their faces, especially with children."

On one occasion Marni got into a service and climbed up on the coffin.

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"The bereaved family were delighted as the dead woman was a cat lover and it seemed a rather fitting moment," Mr Grimwood said.

But since Marni's exploits have become public some people have phoned up to complain as they feel Marni's antics are inappropriate.

Mr Grimwood added: "It's crazy that people are complaining. Pets are meant to be therapeutic and this is the effect Marni is having.

As a result, cemetery staff have put up a notice asking people to let them know if he is upsetting them so he can be moved."

Although Mr Grimwood refers to the cat as male, the sex is not known.

The owners, who pulled out all the stops to help Marni after his accident, are believed to live nearby and are aware of their pet's habit.

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