The Ernest Hemingway Museum may have to cage the 44 feline descendents of the author's polydactyl cat Snowball kept at the property, the 11th Circuit ruled.

Hemingway lived at 907 Whitehead Street in Key West, Fla., from 1931 to 1938.

During this time, his friend Capt. Stanley Dexter gave him Snowball, a cat that was polydactyl, meaning that it had more than the normal 18 toes.

The trait is so associated with Hemingway's love for his cat that polydactyl cats are often simply called Hemingway cats