Ernest Hemingway was not only a noted author, but also a man who loved his cats. One of Hemingway’s first cats was a polydactyl cat with six toes, and that cat lived long enough to breed more six-toed cats.

that’s why if you visit the Hemingway Home, you’ll not only find it overrun with cats, but most of those cats will have six toes on each paw as well. So the next time you read an Ernest Hemingway story, keep in mind that he might have been inspired by his cat.

To learn more about the six-toed cats at the Hemingway Home, click here.