A six-toed cat at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla., in April. (Karin Brulliard)
As day broke Monday, authorities were only beginning to assess the damage Hurricane Irma’s brute force wrought on the delicate archipelago that is the Florida Keys.
But it became clear that one beloved tourist attraction had survived the storm unscathed: the colony of six-toed cats that resides at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on Key West.
All 54 cats — and the 10 humans who hunkered down with them in the Spanish Colonial house the author called home in the 1930s — rode out the gusts with aplomb, curator David Gonzales told MSNBC Sunday night, after the worst of the storm had passed.
“The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us. We all hung out together,” said Gonzales, who added that the building’s limestone-block walls had not only provided a sort of fortress …