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Why are there so many six-toed cats at Hemingway’s house?

by Amanda La Gringa
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Six-toed cats at Hemingway house in Key West, FL. (Via: Yahoo Travel.)

We always wondered about the dozens of six-toed roaming freely around Hemingway’s retreat in Key West, Florida.

“About half of the people who come here come for the cats — not the architecture, not the literature, the cats,” said Dave Gonzales, the house’s curator to Yahoo Travel.

But where did the first six-toed cat come from? Back at the turn of the century, sailors believed that six-toed cats, also called gypsy cats, were good luck, and they wanted them aboard their ships. This led to an abundance of six-toed cats in porttowns like Key West, Fla., in the thirties and forties. Once Hemingway settled in Key West, a captain named Stanley Dexter gave the famous author Snowball, a six-toed cat which was the daughter of his own six-toed cat, Snow White. And, as it does not take two six-toed cats to make another, Hemingway’s iconic state was soon filled with the curious house animalito.

Read more about this and learn more about one of the top things to see in Key West, FL., right here.

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