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Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hemingway Museum Curators, Cats Ride Out Hurricane in Key West

Hemingway Museum Curators, Cats Ride Out Hurricane in Key West

The storm, which did considerably less damage to Key West than officials had predicted, did not affect the Spanish Colonial home, which happens to sit on the highest part of the island, some 16 feet above sea level.

"The cats are also accustomed to our voices and our care", he said. "It's a very comfortable place for the cats, very comfortable place for our employees". "It's just trees and foliage and cars", one resident told the newspaper. The couple did extensive renovations to the house and grounds, including building the city's first swimming pool.

Almost 55 cats with the polydactyl (six-toed) gene have been accounted for after Hurricane Irma slammed the Keys as a Category 4 storm.

Jacqui Sands, the 72-year-old caretaker and manager of the 1851 property, had chose to remain there during the hurricane, to ensure the world-famous cats, descendants of Hemingway's own pet cats, were safe.

Twitter followers praised the museum staff and expressed their joy that the cats were OK.

Some of these famous felines have famous namesakes.Cats named Kim Novak, William Scott, and Gremlin, among others, are buried beneath marked headstones in the home's cat cemeteries in the garden.

Employees and 54 cats rode out the storm at the former Hemingway house in Key West, Florida, without any damage, The Washington Post reported.

"I think you're wonderful and an admirable person for trying to stay there and to try to save the cats and the house", Mariel said in a video acquired by TMZ. "We are not in a flood zone".

"This is an 18-inch block-limestone building that has been here since 1851 and is still standing", Gonzales said Thursday, prior to being faced with Irma.

As the storm hit, Gonzalez told MSNBC that the cats "actually ran inside knowing it was time to take shelter". Written by Karin Brulliard.

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