“One Cat Just Leads to Another”
— Earnest Hemingway
Literary cats bounce, pounce and in quiet moments, hang out with writers keeping them company during the long, lonely hours when major novels are being composed. And those writers sometimes bring fame to their feline friends!
its literary clientele including William Faulkner, Maya Angelou, Dorothy Parker and Orson Welles. And the hotel is also renowned for its ever-present lobby cat Matilda. The 10th feline, Matilda III, is so popular she has her own Twitter account and email address. The Algonquin Hotel was the hub of the New York literary scene in the 1930s.
But Matilda III is just one of many famous Literary Cats.
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats. Cats normally have five front toes and four back toes. About half of the cats at the museum have the physical polydactyl trait but they all carry the polydactyl gene in their DNA, which means that the ones that have 4 and 5 toes can still mother or father six-toed kittens. Most cats have extra toes on their front feet and sometimes on their back feet as well. Sometimes it looks as if they are wearing mittens because they appear to have a thumb on their paw.
WHY and HOW do cats show up writerly habitats and become part of the literary ecosystem?