The Best Books For Cat Lovers

The Books I Picked & Why

The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat

By Sarah Ellis, John Bradshaw

The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat

Why this book?

This is a book every cat-lover should have on their shelf. While many people are under the impression that cats can’t be trained – ‘They do as they please’ – nothing could be further from the truth. Cats not only can be trained but they love interacting with their owners in the learning process. Their training simply can’t be approached in the same way that dogs are taught. Bradshaw and Ellis are specialists in feline behavior and have written a user-friendly and comprehensive guide on cat psychology. This is important as cats are no longer animals kept outside for rodent control, but are now largely indoor pets and much-loved companions. Like humans, more cats than ever before are living in apartments. Understanding a cat’s needs when it’s living with humans, children and other animals in a confined space will result in a happier and healthier cat and a more harmonious relationship with its humans. Bradshaw and Ellis explain how natural (for cats) but problematic (for their humans) behavior such as scratching furniture can be positively redirected.


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The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey Into the Feline Heart

By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey Into the Feline Heart

Why this book?

This is a favorite of mine. Masson’s keen observations into what we emotionally need from cats and what they need from us are not only heart-warming but insightful: ‘We need cats to need us,’ he writes. ‘It unnerves us that they do not. However, if they do not need us, they nonetheless seem to love us.’ Beautifully written and drawing from both literature and scientific research, the book brings to life the delights and mysteries of the feline heart.


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For the Love of Cats: The Complete Guide to Selecting, Training, and Caring for Your Rescue Cat

By Tom Colvin, Carol Griglione, Mick McAulife

For the Love of Cats: The Complete Guide to Selecting, Training, and Caring for Your Rescue Cat

Why this book?

With millions of cats around the world living on the streets or ending up being euthanized in pounds and shelters, simply because they are unwanted, the plight of the rescue cat has come to public attention. Many more people are choosing to ‘Adopt not shop’ and save lives in the process. This is a wonderful book for anyone starting out on the cat adoption journey. It covers everything you need to know about bringing a cat companion into your home and taking responsible care of it. It also includes lots of lovely rescue cat stories. I would give this as a gift to anyone considering adopting a cat and it would also make a great coffee table book for vet surgery waiting areas.


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Trim: The Story Of A Brave, Seafaring Cat

By Matthew Flinders

Trim: The Story Of A Brave, Seafaring Cat

Why this book?

Trim was the ultimate ‘adventure cat’. Matthew Flinders was the ultimate navigator and cartographer. Together they circumnavigated the globe 1799-1804 and shared many daring and dangerous sea voyages. If you love both history and cats, I can highly recommend this book which celebrates the bond between a remarkable man and his equally remarkable feline companion.


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Honourable Cat

By Paul Gallico

Honourable Cat

Why this book?

This is a book of poetry that will warm any cat lover’s heart – even those that would not normally read a book of poetry. The verses are deliciously insightful and will have many cat-lovers smiling at themselves and their relationships with their cats. It’s a lovely collection of cat lore, logic, and observations.


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