Cats living in Ernest Hemingway's Key West home safe after Hurricane Irma

All 54 cats on the property- six-toed felines descended from a tomcat named Snow White that the author adopted

Outside the grounds of the 19th-century building, which sits 16 feet above sea-level - making it a high point on the island - Irma's effects remain to be tallied.

"The cats took care of us, or so they think", she said.

Happily, David Gonzales, the museum's curator, told MSNBC on Sunday that all 54 cats had successfully weathered the storm.

Fortunately for Sands, the employees and the six-toed cats in residence, they survived the experience without a scratch, with NBC Nightly News taking to Twitter to make the announcement. "It's just trees and foliage and cars", one resident told the newspaper.

The Victorian home, now a museum to the world-renowned author, was built in 1851 and has managed to withstand many tropical storms over the years since it was built. Not every cat has six toes, but the museum claims every cat at the home carries the polydactyl gene. Cats typically have five digits on their front paws and four on the rear.

Their fate as Irma approached was the subject of much angst among their many fans.

Twitter followers praised the museum staff and expressed their joy that the cats were OK.

She said leaving the house would have been unthinkable as it would have meant abandoning the cats.

"The cats seemed to be more aware sooner of the storm coming in and in fact when started to round up the cats to take them inside, some of them actually ran inside knowing it was time to take shelter". "I think you're wonderful and an admirable person for trying to stay there and to try to save the cats and the house", she said in a video posted by TMZ, but "this is frightening".

A cat lies in the bedroom of the Ernest Hemingway home July 22, 2001 in Key West, FL. Hemingway owned the home from 1931 until his death in 1961.

The construction of the home is somewhat of a barrier against the elements.

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