Inside the Hemingway Museum
Today, the Key West house functions as a museum for Hemingway aficionados—though it’s arguably just as famous for its cats. Stroll through the house and grounds and you’re bound to encounter many members of the house’s 54-cat-strong feline population. They venture both inside and outside the house. You’ll see cats prowling through the palm trees that surround the dwelling, snoozing on a railing, or even taking a catnap on one of the beds. (Read on to find out which museums around the world are an absolute must-see.)
The museum’s general manager and curator help take care of the cats, feeding them with Purina cat chow. A Key West veterinarian makes sure all of the cats are healthy, and the house’s limestone walls keep them safe from the elements. In fact, all 54 four-legged residents recently made it through Hurricane Irma unscathed. Nope, these cats aren’t going anywhere. (Find out the 10 best places to see exotic animals.)
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Originally published as Yes, Ernest Hemingway’s Florida House Is Now Home to Over 50 Six-Toed Cats—Here’s Why on ReadersDigest.com.