I've returned from my long journey several weeks ago, but it's taken me some time to catch-up again to my blog routine. One of the places I visited was the Hemingway Home in Key West Florida, and one of the funniest things was watching the celebrated Hemingway cats get photographed by tourists from all over the world, and the cats just kept sleeping and acting as if they didn't even notice!
Of course, these aren't the original cats owned by Hemingway, but the cat tradition lives on, and these celebrity cats are very well taken care of it seems. They even have their own cat houses in the backyard. The last photo is a painting of the original Hemingway cats on the wall of the old Hemingway House which you can tour.
" Ernest Hemingway was given a six-toed cat by a ship's captain and some of the cats who live on the museum grounds are descendants of that original cat. Key West is a small island and it is possible that many of the cats on the island are related. Our cats are not a particular breed, but appear to be a combination of various breeds-sort of "Heinz 57" if you will. They are all shapes, sizes, colors and personalities." This paragraph is from the website on Hemingway House where you can read all about the famous cats--sixty of them! Click here for the link.