Ernest Hemingway had an affinity for many things, his feline companions being
one of them.
The “Hemingway Cat,” or polydactyl, is a feline that, instead of the normal 18 toes,
has six or more toes on the front feet and sometimes an extra toe on the rear.
Hemingway had many talents and interests. He was an extreme cat-lover because
he admired the spirit and independence of the species. He acquired his first feline
from a ship’s captain in Key West, Florida, where he made his home for many years.
Today, around 60 felines live at the Ernest Hemingway Museum and Home in Key West.
They are protected by the terms left in his will.
- N.N. (Julio Cortazar
- N.N. (Leonora Carrington)
- N.N. (Saul Steinberg)