Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ernest Hemingway's Cats

Hemingway House, Key West, CC

Ernest Hemingway
July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961

Saturday is the birthdate of Ernest Hemingway, one of the favorite writers of all time. 

Did you know Hemingway (whose middle name was Miller) left a feline legacy in Key West?  He did.  The author had a favorite cat, Snowball, reportedly given him by a sea captain friend.  Snowball was a polydactyl.  Yep, a polydatyl cat.  He had extra toes, apparently considered good luck by seamen, and Hemingway loved the sea.

Today, at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, you can meet documented descendents of Hemingway's cat.  Their caretakers have carefully recorded the lineage of the cats, and made sure to preserve, through selective breeding, the polydactyl characteristics of these very special kittes.

Want to read more about them, and see pictures of some of them that we took on our visit there?
SEE:  Hemingway House Polydactyl Cats

Or, to learn more about Key West, which Hemingway loved, see Pictures of Key West, the Conch Republic.