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Posted: 25 October 2005 at 11:13am | IP Logged Quote Laura T

Hi,
Does anyone know the names of Hemingway's cats?  I was curious if he named them and what the names were.

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Posted: 25 October 2005 at 4:31pm | IP Logged Quote Mike Galvin

Probably the most famous was Boise. He made an appearance in Islands In The Stream.

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Posted: 31 October 2005 at 10:48am | IP Logged Quote rob on the job

He had a ton of cats, especially in Key West and at Finca Vigia.

One time, when sons Patrick and Gregory were young, they painted two of his cats green and the cats subsequently died. Hemingway was so furious that the boys hid out of his sight for days.

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Posted: 31 October 2005 at 12:51pm | IP Logged Quote Peter Krynicki

#Would you believe that there were no (0) cats at Hemingway's house when he lived there? There was an essay by Lorian Hemingway in a recent Hemingway Review that detailed all of the misconceptions that the guides tell the tourists at the house in Key West and this is one of them.

 

Someone else named the cats, and I'm not sure where they actually came from.

 

Just back from Paris. There was one afternoon where I had a drink at Le Rotonde, Le Select across the street, Le Dome, down the street, le Closserie de Lilas, the other way down the street, then walked back the Blvd St Germain to Le Flore and Les Deux Magots. I just always wanted to do this.

 

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Peter, No, I would not believe there were (0) cats at Hemingway's House in Key West.  I believe the stories the older people tell here.  Plenty of cats is what I have heard, walking on the counters and all over. Seems most Hemingways  are the same and they all seem to have those 6 toed cats. I do not know if that is very unusual for cats or not, but here they all have them.

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Posted: 31 October 2005 at 6:16pm | IP Logged Quote bookman

As with Peter, I too have always heard, read and believed that the Key West cats of the Hemingway House were just an invention for the tourists. I don't recall any mention of them(or photographs)in any the biographies I read on that period.
Hemingway did keep pets in Cuba. That's pretty well documented in text and photos.
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  I've read about them and seen pics.  I read Hemingway brought them from Spain(I had a six toes cat as a child).  I don't believe it either.  His love of cats is well known and I can't see him without them in his home.  Heck, I know I have a pic of him in the KW house with a cat.  Even Sine commented on the cats.

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  But what of the cats his children painted in Key West?  That's a well known story.  All these people saying this.  I don't get it.  It doesn't make sense to me.  I guess if the fam says so.

  On second thought I still choose to believe they were there.

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Posted: 27 November 2005 at 10:16pm | IP Logged Quote docnme

Papa Cosa, You are right, I do not know about the kids and the paint and never heard that story, but they were there, maybe not as many or like now, just for show or something, but they were there.

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Posted: 27 November 2005 at 11:27pm | IP Logged Quote RobbieJor

Hi Laura,

Here's a list of some of the cats' names:

F. Puss (a.k.a. Feather Puss)       - cat in Paris; handsome black cat

Cats at Finca Vigia 1942-43

Tester              - gray Persian

Dillinger (a.k.a. Boissy D’Angeles) - black & white

Willy                 - half Maltese

Wolfer

Stoopy Wolfer

Boisie

Tester

Furhouse

Bro

Dingie

Uncle Wolfer               - Persian

Good Will                    - Tiger cat

Blindie                         -  Thruster (mother) & Dillinger (father) there's incest here!

Useless Value (a.k.a. Littless Kitty)

Offspring of Tester (mother) & Dillinger (father)

Fats                 - big as a skunk

Furhouse       

Friendless     

Friendless’s Brother

Thruster

Some of these cats made it into the book: Islands in the Stream.  Hey, if you can write your friends and enemies into your stories, why not your cats.

Surprisingly I can not find a reference to the famous 6-toed cats in Key West.  I believe it was a drop-off around the time Ernie left Key West.





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