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Cats living in Ernest Hemingway’s Florida home safe after Irma

The 54 feline residents of Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home have eight lives left.

The six-toed cats beloved by tourists visiting the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are safe and sound following Hurricane Irma, TMZ reported Monday.

Less importantly — at least to cat lovers — the historic home where Hemingway wrote “A Farewell to Arms” and “To Have and Have Not” sustained no significant damage.

Officials had ordered a full evacuation of the Keys, but Jacque Sands, the 72-year-old general manager of the museum, vowed to ride out the storm, saying it was her solemn duty to protect both the home and the cats.

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Mariel Hemingway told TMZ that Sands’ decision was admirable, but that her grandfather’s home was “just a house.”

“Save the cats — get all the cats in the car — and take off,” she said.

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