Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Hemingway Home in Key West is a bit of a Mecca for cat folk. The lot is surrounded by a stone fence, but it is easily scaleable by cats. Because these descendants of Hemingway's polydactyl cats are used in marketing for the museum, they technically may fall under USDA regulations for the use of animals in exhibition. This would mean they may need to be restrained by primary and secondary enclosures, and a host of other requirements. An understanding was struck that enabled the cats to remain. Purrfect Fence was erected to keep the cats safely on the property.
The story is fascinating. Here is an article from when the controversy was still open.
Hemingway had this fountain built for the cats to drink from.
You can see the Purrfect Fence (mesh that bends into the property) at the top of the existing stone fence.
This fellow totally ignored a tour as well as the tour guide who explained how it was his own job, at the end of the day, to relocate this fellow outside. The cat, oblivious now, knew exactly when the day was done and would come to life at closing time, making his daily eviction less than easy.
I'm afraid at nearly 2 am, I'm fresh out of narrative.