Mews and Nips: Hemingway’s cats, lapcats, and more


If you’ve ever been to Key West, you have probably seen some of the descendants of Ernest Hemingway’s famous cats, many of whom are polydactyl (six-toed). About 40 of them currently live in and around  the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on the island. I visited Key West in the mid 1980’s and was thoroughly charmed by these wonderful cats. The cats have roamed free for generations, but unfortunately, they got caught up in a decade long legal dispute after the US Department of Agriculture received a complaint about the cats’ care.

The LA Times reports that a federal appeals court has ruled that the USDA has the power to regulate the cats, agreeing with a district court that  the museum is an animal exhibitor and can be regulated under the Animal Welfare Act. It is unclear at this time what this means for the cats. According to Museum Chief Executive Mike Morawski, the cats don’t think much of the years-long legal battle. “Thank God, they are just going on their way,” Morawski said with a chuckle. “We could all be so lucky to be as happy as they are.” Read the full story on the LA Times website.

cat on lap

How is this for a dream job: $15 an hour to hold a cat in your lap? Life with Cats reports that according to an ad posted on Craig’s List in Columbus, Ohio, this job does exist! Apparently, the poster’s productivity was affected by his or her attention seeking cat. Read the full story on Life with Cats.


I love today’s video from Japan’s Cat Island. As you can see from the photo above, Ruby was mesmerized by it!


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Hemingway cat from LA Times website (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau), photo of cat on lap from Life with Cats, photo of Ruby ©Ingrid King


2 Comments on Mews and Nips: Hemingway’s cats, lapcats, and more

  1. Colleen
    December 22, 2012 at 10:08 am (8 years ago)

    Love this post! Can’t the government even stay out of cats lives. 10 tears is a long time &the I’m sure a lot of money spent that could have gone to caring for the cats. Its on my bucket list to visit there one day. What a great job offer! Dream job for sure!

    • Ingrid
      December 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Colleen. I guess even cats aren’t safe from government intervention! You’re so right about how much good the money spent on that lawsuit could have been doing all those years.


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