Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Have you ever seen a kitty like this...he's polydactyl.

If you've ever visited Ernest Hemingway's
Home & Museum in Key West, I'd say you are
very familiar.

The museum and grounds are home to over 60 cats with
just this condition.

This is a whimsy adaptation of the home by
United Nations Peace Prize Winner
Herbert Hofer.
I think it captures the essence of the place
quite well.

Polydactyl means extra toes. The kitties look almost like
they are wearing mittens.

The cats at the Hemingway House come in all shapes and sizes.
The story goes that Mr. Hemingway was given a six toed
cat by a ship captain...
and...well that's where it all began.

I toured the Home many years ago, but it made quite an impression
on me. Everywhere you look you see cats,
lounging, sleeping, eating.

When you find yourself in the paradise of Key West,
don't miss this tourist spot.
By the way, my own sweet kitty, Dixie, is polydactyl.


I'm linking my post with Angela's
Animal Link Party
Tuesday's Show and Tail @
West Virginia Treasures
My Romantic Home
Show and Tell Friday


  1. So nice to be reminded of Hemmingway's house in Key West. Wouldn't January be a lovely time to go?

  2. I have never seen a cat with extra toes. Just makes them extra loveable:)

  3. I've never seen a cat with the extra toes! That's kind of neat! Wonder if it helps them to climb trees better. Great pictures and I've never heard of Hemmingway's house before either.

    Tuesdays' Show & Tail!
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Oh, I love it! Someone was just discussing this about him with me the other day. Of course I can't recall who it was. So scatter-brained these days. Too much Christmas I think!

  5. They do look like they are wearing mittens! I have been to the Hemingway house and indeed the polydactyl cats are lounging about everywhere. Also watch your step as there are chickens running all over the Key West historical district! The picture done by Herbert Hofer is wonderful. Ann

  6. It is very amusing to see those huge mittens on kittens - thanks for sharing today!

  7. My Jake and Ernie (named for the man himself) were polydactyl cats - too cute! Jake now lives with a vet who is breeding more - and Ernie lives on a farm in PA with my fifteen-year-old Edward R. Murrow, the orange tiger cat.

  8. How CUTE! Yes, we have often had kitties with extra toes as they are quite common here in New England! Loved all the kitty photos in your post! ... Donna


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