Before they are spayed and neutered, the cats live in a kennel in the evening that is an exact replica of the Hemingway house, right down to the yellow shutters. Once they have one litter, they are spayed and neutered.
The house goes through two tons of dry cat food a year, about 60-80 pounds a week. There are nine food and water stations on the property, and they are refreshed every eight to 12 hours.
The bookstore on the grounds was originally intended to be an actual bookstore, but it is really more of a gift shop, with at least half of the items devoted to cats. Pablo Picasso once gave Hemingway a porcelain cat. The shop sells $150 reproductions that are constantly selling out.
"We get all the crazy cat ladies who just have to have them," Gonzales said.
Visitors are always asking if they can bring toys for the cats. Gonzales says yes, as long as they are discreet about it.
There is even a wedding package called "The Cats Meow," which includes a one-hour site rental, an onsite wedding coordinator, and a complimentary champagne toast for $1,095. The cats are not particularly involved.