Sir Walter Mittens the Hemingway Cat


Sir Walter Mittens is an artistic cat

A regular feline Van Gogh

Well actually he’s a Hemingway Cat

For each foot has an extra toe

He’s a comical cat who chirps like a bird

Whenever he is on the hunt

He uses his thumbs to hold onto his prey

Then bats the poor thing out front

Paying homage to you Ernest Hemingway

The Polydactyl is the cat I choose

And pen my soul upon the page

But try to stay away from the booze


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  1. Lori,

    This was such a delightful read! Your prose is so much fun! Now, is Walter yours? And does he really have extra toes on each paw? A ferly I have never encountered, this may be the coolest cat alive! And you own him!

    Happy Sunday, my lovely friend!

    • Happy Sunday Cara!

      Walter is mine. He does have extra toes (a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly) and I’ll have to agree he’s pretty cool. I could imagine a children’s book featuring my Walter.

      Here’s a little history about polydactyl cats… These cats are great mousers and were often kept by sailors and considered good luck aboard a ship. Ernest Hemingway received a polydactyl cat from a ship captain in the 1930s. Hemingway fell in love with that cat and that cat’s descendants still live at the Hemingway Museum on Key West. That’s why they are sometimes called Hemingway cats.

      Whew! That was quite a lesson. 😉 Speaking of lessons. Did you notice the painting? I showed Cake your Cherry Tree tutorial and a few days later she started this painting. Walter loves all the art supplies and will abscond with the brushes every chance he gets.

      (new word for the day: ferly) xoxo!


  2. Lori, I have been following your blog for a while but never got notifications by e-mail. Today I went directly to your blog and clicked to get notifications by e-mail. (I’m still learning!) I have been missing some good posts of yours! I really like this one as I love cats and have been to Hemingsway’s home at Key West – cats everywhere!

    • Thank you! I love cats too, especially the six-toed ones. I missed seeing the Hemingway house when I went to Key West years ago. I guess I’ll have to go back! 🙂

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