All 54 cats at the Hemingway House and their caretaker are SAFE after Hurricane Irma

All 54 six-toed cats at the Hemingway House and their caretaker are SAFE after Hurricane Irma spares Key West island city!

All 54 cats and the 10 occupants at the Ernest Hemingway home in Key West are safe and also accounted for after the majority Hurricane Irma passed by the island city. The house also avoided major flooding and did not suffer any major structural damage. A few trees fell down on the property, but no standing water was left according to some social media updates. The 72-year-old caretaker of the Key West refused to leave the historic building with the cats who live there as Irma barreled toward Florida. She decided to stay despite the fact that the author`s granddaughter begged her to leave.


Jacqui Sands is the manager of this house. She elected to remain with the family’s 54 six-toed cats and also some other members of staff. The house, which was actually built in 1851. It is 16 feet above sea level, has 18-inch-thick limestone walls and also three generators.

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As our staff member, Nicole Navarro was confirming all cats were accounted for, the cat Grace Kelly took over roll call,’ staff members wrote on the home’s Facebook page Saturday night.  The post was actually accompanied with a photo of one of the cats peering at a list of names.

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Hemingway’s granddaughter, the actress Mariel Hemingway, even begged Sands to leave her grandfather’s home on Friday ahead of the hurricane.  The actress said that she thinks it’s ‘absolutely wonderful’ that Sands is trying to take care of the cats. But despite it all she needs to evacuate.

Mariel said Sands is an ‘admirable person for trying to stay there and save the cats and the house,’ but ultimately ‘it is just a house’.  ‘Save the cats! Get all the cats in the car and take off!’ Mariel told Sands.  The author’s former home actually serves as a museum where polydactyl cats – six toes – roam freely. Some of these cats are descendants of Hemingway’s own six-toed cat, Snow White.

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