Posted on July 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Ernest Hemingway, who was born on this day in 1899, has left his mark on American culture in several ways.

There are, of course, his novels, like the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Old Man and the Sea and the critically acclaimed For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, and The Sun Also Rises.

There’s his association with mojitos (which, we learned last year, was more likely a favorite drink of a man who partly inspired Santiago (as in, the titular old man).

And finally — our personal favorite — there are the six-toed cats who roam his home, formally known as polydactyls but colloquially called Hemingway cats.

The cats have their own page on the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum website … as well as a live "cat cam."

Seeing as they’re free-ranging cats and not enclosed indoors, you may have to frequently check back to that video feed to make sure you don’t miss a kitty ;)

The Hemingway Museum says that around forty to fifty cats live on the premises, some of which are descendants of the author's original polydactyl, Snow White.

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