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I went to Hemingway's house when we lived in Key West, but I went again because my sister wanted to go and she had never been. We both took photos of the cat's paw, but she took the top of the paw and I took the bottom of the paw. The original a white cat (named Snowball) was given to the family by a sea captain. Some of the cats at the Hemingway house are descended from Snowball.

One of the things that Hemingway did for the cats was to give them water to drink which was in a kind of tough. The top of the fountain is an old Spanish olive jar that he brought from Cuba and the trough below was one of the bar's urinals that was given to Hemingway by his friend Joe Russell when Joe moved his bar across the street due to a dispute over money. Pauline hated it and added the decorative tile to disguise it.

Hemingway named all of his cats after famous people and that tradition has continued. There is a small cat cemetery on the grounds of the house where you can see the graves of cats named Willard Scott, and Errol Flynn

Phone: (305) 294-1136
Website: http://www.hemingwayhome.com/cats/

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  • Updated Mar 24, 2013
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