Cat books can be funny or serious. Gifts, distractions or investments.
The cat books we don’t think your bookcase should be without in 2020 are:
- best for humor – The Unadulterated Cat, Terry Pratchett
- amazing real life story – A Street Cat Named Bob, James Bowen
- insight into your cat’s inner world – The Behavior of the Domestic Cat, John Bradshaw and others
- for kids – The Everything Book of Cats and Kittens, DK
- to prepare for getting your first cat – The Happy Cat Handbook, Pippa Mattinson and Lucy Easton
The Best Cat Books For 2020
Welcome to our run down of the most entertaining, informative, and all round best cat books for 2020.
We’ve got some unmissable new publications for you, and we’ve added included a fab recommendation left by one of our readers too.
So whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one, or want an exciting new cat read for yourself, we have the perfect book for everyone.
Here are some links to help you navigate this article.
- Funny cat books
- Real life cat stories
- Celebrity cat books
- Cat behavior books
- Cat books for kids
- Recommendations from our readers
Funny Cat Books
These humorous takes on life with a feline overlord, sorry, pet cat, are guaranteed to raise a knowing chuckle from any cat owner.
They’re a great pick me up, and perfect gift.
How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You, Matthew Innman
This offbeat compilation of cartoons and musings from founder of The Oatmeal website Matthew Innman is one of those love it or hate it books.
Some folks find it a bit vulgar, but most are going wild about it.
It does contain some adult themes, so be advised this one for the grown ups only!
I Could Pee On This, Francesco Marciuliano
Here’s a cute little hardback book of amusing cat poems and prose.
The Unadulterated Cat, Terry Pratchett
The late, great Terry Pratchett writes that he brought home a pet cat because
Our garden was debated territory between five local cats, and we’d heard that the best way to keep other cats out of the garden was to have one yourself. A moment’s rational thought here will spot the slight flaw in this reasoning.
And thus begins a side-splitting, dryly humorous memoir of cat ownership.
This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys Pratchett’s other books, or whoever looks at their cat and thinks “what have I done?”
Cat Books and Stories
On to cat stories!
These cat books tell the amazing real-life tale of some beautiful cats out there.
Bailey No Ordinary Cat, Erin Merryn
Erin Merryn is better known as the remarkable activist and driving force behind Erin’s Law.
But she’s also a cat lover, and this book charts the life and times of her Instagram-famous cat Bailey.
A Street Cat Named Bob, James Bowen
Poignant, heart warming and inspiring, no wonder they made it into a film.
A Street Cat Named Bob is the memoir of street musician James and the injured cat who claims him as his person.
This touching story has topped best seller lists and been followed by numerous sequels.
A must read for anyone who wants to be reminded about the best of human nature.
Super Cats: True Tales of Extraordinary Felines, Ashley Morgan
While the stories of Bailey and Bob pack a lot of heavy emotional clout, Super Cats is a somewhat lighter read.
Full of carefully researched stories of cats doing extraordinary things, from remarkable acts of heroism and compassion to incredible journeys.
Cat Books By Celebrity Cat Trainers
If you’re looking for something a little different, take a look at these books by celebrity cat trainers.
These can help you train and bond with your own feline friend!
Total Cat Mojo, Jason Galaxy
If you’re a Jackson Galaxy fan you’ll love his most recent book.
Jackson’s compassionate approach will help you understand and relate to your cat, and use that knowledge to eliminate undesirable behaviors.
The Trainable Cat, John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis
John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis are among the most prolific and highly respected experts on cat behavior today.
Billed as “a practical guide to making life happier for you and your cat”, this cat book is packed with detailed information on how felines learn.
Cat Science & Cat Behavior Books
Whether you love to approach everything from a scientific angle, or you’re just looking for a deeper insight into why your cat is the way he is, these books all deliver clearly-explained insight into the inner world of cats.
The Behavior of the Domestic Cat, John Bradshaw and others
What anthrozoologist John Bradshaw doesn’t know about cats isn’t worth knowing!
This is a serious and in-depth study of our feline friends.
It’s almost a textbook in nature, but don’t let that put you off.
We think this book is especially valuable for anyone fostering or adopting an older cat.
It will provide insight into why cats behave the way they do, and how lay the foundations of your new relationship with them.
Cat Sense, John Bradshaw
Our final offering from John Bradshaw (we promise!)
Cat Sense is not for the fainthearted but perfect for true cat geeks with scientific leanings.
Now onto our new category of cat books for 2020…
Cat Books for Kids
Is a younger member of your family completely cat mad?
These days there is a great selection of books available for younger readers.
Our favorites include an engaging guide to getting your first pet cat, to fun works of fiction for kids with big imaginations.
Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider, James Dean
James Dean’s Pete the Cat books have become cult classics for a whole generation of pre-schoolers, and this latest offering is sure to be no exception.
When Pete meets the eponymous arachnid of the famous nursery rhyme, he knows exactly what to do to help out.
To make this cat book into an even more special gift, you can also pair it with your child’s very own plush Pete.
The Cat In The Hat, Dr Seuss
Dr Seuss’s books were revolutionary when they were first published in the 1950s, and their popularity hasn’t dropped a bit since.
The Cat In The Hat tells the madcap story of an entertaining cat who comes to brighten up two children’s rainy afternoon.
This is great cat book to share with kids who are just starting to read for themselves.
And it’s also a title to hold onto for posterity and pass down to bookcase of the next generation.
Warriors box set, Erin Hunter
For older kids, you can’t go wrong with these gripping stories of good and evil, mythology and magic, as lived out by rival clans of wild warrior cats.
This immensely popular series is prefect for those tricky-to-buy-for preteen years, when kids won’t be seen dead near anything they consider babyish, but aren’t quite mature enough for free reign of the bookshelves.
The Everything Book of Cats and Kittens, DK
This educational cat book for kids is full of cute photos and fun facts about felines.
It’s an exciting window into the world of cats for any child who’s shown an interest in them.
Reader Recommended Cat Books
Earlier this year we threw the 2019 edition of this article open for recommendations from our lovely readers.
And reader Benny didn’t disappoint.
He recommended The Cat Who Ate His Tail, by psychologist and writer Jacqueline Simon Gunn.
Our Cat Book
Finally, forgive us if we can’t consider this list complete without including our own Happy Cat Handbook.
The Happy Cat Handbook is a complete guide to choosing and raising a happy, healthy cat.
In it, the Happy Cat Site founders Pippa and Lucy take the latest scientific research about cats, and make it readable and fun.
Your Favorite Cat Books
We love reading as much as we love writing and look forward to hearing your suggestions for more books to add to this page.
Let us know what cat books you’ve read recently and why you liked them.
We’d especially love to hear about your favorite children’s books about cats.
And don’t forget to add your all time favorite!
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