When Hurricane Irma roared across Florida, it headed straight for Florida’s Key West. Authorities warned of extensive damage but fortunately, the damage seems to have been less than feared, especially at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, home of 54 cats.
Curator David Gonzales said he rode out the storm along with the cats in the building, which is built out of limestone-block walls that make the building into a fortress against the elements.
“The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us. We all hung out together,” said Gonzales. “It’s a very comfortable place for the cats, very comfortable place for our employees.”
Hopefully when Florida fully recovers from the hurricane, tourists can once again visit the museum and see Hemingway’s cats, including the ones with six toes.