The best cat books 📚

Browse the best books on cats as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Why Do Cats Meow?

Why Do Cats Meow?

By Joan Holub

Why this book?

Like my book, this one draws young readers into the topic of animal adaptations with a question. Although the book doesn’t have a table of contents for easy perusing, it does provide a model for picking and choosing the chapters of interest. It’s likely to be a young reader’s first experience with the scanning procedure we use in nonfiction materials--as opposed to the page after page reading necessary in fiction stories. The book consists of 20 chapters each addressing a question about cat behavior. The explanatory paragraph is from 3-10 sentences long, pitched at a late 1st-grade reader. The visuals…

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The best books on animal adaptations for young readers

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Book cover of Zack Files 01: Great-Grandpa's in the Litter Box

Zack Files 01: Great-Grandpa's in the Litter Box

By Dan Greenburg, Jack E. Davis

Why this book?

On a much lighter note, The Zack Files Great Grandpa’s in the Litter Box by Dan Greenburg is a children’s chapter book with a big message, using humor to sum up what reincarnation really is (at least when souls reincarnate as pets). In a nutshell, the titular cat reincarnates to clear up unfinished business with his loved ones who survived him. This book manages to simplify in less than sixty pages what could take a scholar a lifetime to disseminate.

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The best books on reincarnation

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

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

By Sarah Ellis, John Bradshaw

Why this book?

Yes, cats can be trained. Training your cat is fun for you and it is fun for your cat. This is the best training manual you can ever buy and it also tells you a lot about cats. Have a go. You won’t regret it! I train my cats, even though I am a very amateur trainer, as you can see from my YouTube channel! They purr while they do it. 

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The best scientific books about cat behaviour, which should be read by vets, vet nurses, and behaviourists

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

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

By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

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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The best books for cat lovers

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

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

By Tom Colvin, Carol Griglione, Mick McAulife

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…

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The best books for cat lovers

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Book cover of Trim: The Story Of A Brave, Seafaring Cat

Trim: The Story Of A Brave, Seafaring Cat

By Matthew Flinders

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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The best books for cat lovers

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