Smart Living 54 cats from Ernest Hemingway’s old home survived Hurricane Irma without a scratch, and this is the positivity we need

19:43  13 september  2017
19:43  13 september  2017 Source:   Hello Giggles

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The cats of Ernest Hemingway ’ s Key West, Florida, estate were watched over diligently by Jaque Sands, 72, the general manager of the home and museum, the New York Times Fifty-four polydactyl cats lived at the Hemingway Home and Museum before Hurricane Irma barreled through the Keys.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on Key West is home to 54 famously six-toed cats who weathered the hurricane with 10 staff members within the thick, 18-inch limestone walls of the Spanish Colonial home .

54 cats from Ernest Hemingway’s old home survived Hurricane Irma without a scratch, and this is the positivity we need© Courtesy of Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum 54 cats from Ernest Hemingway’s old home survived Hurricane Irma without a scratch, and this is the positivity we need Hurricane Irma caused considerable damage in the Florida Keys, but one beloved spot rode out the storm miraculously untouched — and its residents unharmed.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on Key West is home to 54 famously six-toed cats who weathered the hurricane with 10 staff members within the thick, 18-inch limestone walls of the Spanish Colonial home.

“The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us,” Curator David Gonzales told MSNBC Sunday night. “We all hung out together. It’s a very comfortable place for the cats, very comfortable place for our employees.”

Many of the cats lounge around the museum grounds, under tropical plants or by the swimming pool.

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The cats of Ernest Hemingway ’ s Key West, Florida, estate were watched over diligently by Jaque Sands, 72, the general manager of the home and museum, the New York Times Fifty-four polydactyl cats lived at the Hemingway Home and Museum before Hurricane Irma barreled through the Keys.

Hurricane Irma may have wreaked devastation to the Florida Keys islands, but much to everyone’ s relief, a colony of six-toed cats descended from a pet owned by Ernest Hemingway have survived without a scratch .

  54 cats from Ernest Hemingway’s old home survived Hurricane Irma without a scratch, and this is the positivity we need © Courtesy of Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Many of them descend from one cat named Snow White, who was given to Hemingway by a ship’s captain, according to the museum. Not every cat has six toes, but the museum claims every cat at the home carries the polydactyl gene.

As the storm hit, Gonzalez told MSNBC that the cats “actually ran inside knowing it was time to take shelter. Sometimes I think they’re smarter than the human beings.”

  54 cats from Ernest Hemingway’s old home survived Hurricane Irma without a scratch, and this is the positivity we need © Courtesy of Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum The construction of the home is somewhat of a barrier against the elements. The house also sits about 16 feet above sea level, keeping the staff and the cats out of harm’s way.

This article originally appeared in Travelandleisure.com

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