August 04, 2021 Cats Pets and Family

The Best Cat Books for All Ages, Recommended by a Veterinarian

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The Best Cat Books for All Ages, Recommended by a Veterinarian

As the summer wanes, many of us will need a good book to read on vacation, at the beach or to add to our summer reading list to be handed in on the first day of school. This blog post is a curated list of books with appeal for cat lovers.

Cat Picture Books for Kids

If you are looking for a book to read to your child, how about The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess and its sequel, The Cat in the Hat Come Back. There’s also Have You Seen My Cat by Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Cat Books for Tweens

The Spartapuss series is set in ancient Rome and ancient Britain, in a world ruled by cats. Humans do not exist! There are 5 books in the original series, I Am Spartapuss, Catligula, Die Clawdius, Boudicat and Cleocatra’s Kushion. There is also the 2014 series, The Olympuss Games, featuring the Son of Spartapuss and his fiery friend Furia. 

The 39 Clues Series of books by Rick Riordan features an Egyptian Mau cat named Saladin. Saladin is the pickiest cat ever and only eats red snapper. 

Books to Keep your Cat Healthy

The Merck Manual is a classic veterinary textbook, but they also have a book directed at animal owners including cats. This is a good reference for people interested in understanding the health conditions of their favorite feline. A less intense but equally useful book is 101 Essential Tips for Cat Health & Safety by the Preventive Vet aka Dr. Jason Nicolas, an AMC alumnus.

Books for Crafty Cats 

If you have a creative side, perhaps a cat coloring book should go into your carryon bag for your next trip. Vacation is a good time to get a jump on holiday gift crafting. Perhaps making crocheted hats for your friends who are cats, knitting a replica of your favorite cat or creating cat hair handicrafts will be a relaxing late summer activity. 

Classic Cat Books

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot is a wonderful collection of poems about cats. It is better known as the inspiration for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony winning musical “Cats”.

Holly Golightly may be the star of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but she does have an aptly named cat, Cat, who shares her quirky NYC apartment. Another classic book featuring at cat in a supporting role is the Cheshire cat of Alice in Wonderland.

I hope you find these suggestions provide a fun summertime read for the entire family and that your cat snuggles up to you as you sit in your favorite chair enjoying them.

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