Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Top books for cat-lovers

We all know that curling up with a cat and a good book is the best way to spend an afternoon. In honour of Book Lovers' Day, we decided to put together our list of great reads involving our favourite animals – cats, of course.

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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, by TS Eliot

One of the most famous books about felines, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats was published in 1939 as a collection of whimsical poetry and features iconic characters such as Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer and Skimbleshanks. It also went on to be the inspiration for the award-winning musical Cats.

A Streetcat named Bob, by James Bowen

For a true success story that will tug at your heartstrings, this book documents the tale of a stray cat called Bob who encounters a street musician called James. After James nurses Bob back to health, he assumes he won’t see the cat again. We won’t spoil the ending, but it’ll make you appreciate your feline friend all the more!

Please Take Me Home: the story of the rescue cat, by Clare Campbell

Another book about the plight of the stray cat, this book focuses on a time when strays in Britain were seen as a nuisance and hunted down as vermin. Over time, thousands of cats were abandoned and left to survive alone. The perfect read for anyone interested in the history of our favourite pet.

Cat Sense, by John Bradshaw

The way our cats behave is often a mystery to us all. This book by renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw offers some insight into the way they behave, dispelling myths and explaining the true nature of our feline friends. For more from John Bradshaw, take a look at our Cats Through the Ages series from earlier this year.

Simon’s Cat – off to the vet and other cat-astrophes, by Simon Tofield

Probably a feline’s most dreaded scenario, this book documents a visit to the vet for Simon’s cat as well as a number of other adventures. If you’re already a fan of these beloved characters, this is the ideal read to remind you of the comedy that cats can bring to their owner’s lives.

While there are plenty of books about cats that we could mention, these are just some of our top reads. Do you have a particular favourite? Tweet us and let us know at @catsprotection

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any of these book’s content, and may not necessarily endorse all viewpoints contained within.

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