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Ernest Hemingway cats lose fight

A catfight in Key West, Fla. comes to a close.

By Vetstreet Dec 20, 2012 4:30PM

A federal court in the Florida Keys decided that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has the power to regulate the dozens of cats living at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West.

Photo: CNN // One of the Hemingway home's cats lounges in Key West.Some 45 cats, many of them descendants of the six-toed cat named Snowball that the legendary author got as a gift in 1935, have had the freedom to roam for decades. But the USDA demanded several years ago that the museum put up fencing to keep the cats inside the compound.

Fortunately, the cats don't seem any worse for the wear.

"We should all be so lucky to be as happy as they are," said museum chief executive Mike Morawski.

— Watch it at CNN

Photo: CNN // One of the Hemingway home's cats lounges in Key West.

Bing: Hemmingway's best novels.

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Dec 21, 2012 9:29AM
Isn't it to bad that they don't have the power to regulate the dozens of black and hispanic children being born to unwed mothers in the inner cities of this country as well?

Sorry not a cat lover except for my Chrisotpher Columbus baby we found shivering in the rain a little orange tabby that grew up to be a clown


We lived across the street from a school and Chris would greet the little kids doing all kinds of tricks to get petted


Then Chris got attached to a neighbors white female cat - you do know white cats are deaf - Chris would leave dead baby rabbits at their doorstep and took this young lady safely through the neighborhood


My big old Tom Cat Chris came home many times a wounded warrior - where we pulled someone's talons from his cheeks


Then one night Chis didn't come home - Chicago where temps were below zero - we went and viewed every cat  body found by police and Humane Societies and never found Christopher again - only cat I ever loved

Dec 21, 2012 6:49AM
OMG. Seriously USDA? Pink slime. Animal abuse rampant in the food industry. You choose to waste time and money and resources regulating the Hemingway cats. Oh that's right the Hemingway Museum doesn't pay you millions to look the other way.
Dec 21, 2012 6:32AM
Really? Is the best thing our government offices have to spend their time on? Perhaps we have a candidate for reduction in services...add this to the list of ways we can save on our ever increasing federal budget...eliminate these people from the government payroll, and this agency from the government bureaucracy!
Dec 21, 2012 6:31AM
For God sake leave the cats alone.
Dec 21, 2012 6:19AM
The cats will be safer.  The fence will keep them in and predators out.
Dec 21, 2012 6:14AM
Really, I suppose the cats need to build the fence too.
Dec 21, 2012 6:06AM

As reported here, this is a total non-story.


Add some information about the apparent lawsuit.  Add some information about the fence.  Give us some history.


Jesus.  Is there any such thing as reporting these days?


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