National Cat Lovers' Month

December is National Cat Lovers' Month! Here is a nonfiction book list all about cats including stories of famous cats, information about cat care, and ways to enrich your cat's life.

Updated September 28, 2023
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A cat's tale : a journey through feline history
Koudounaris, Paul
"Fun, fanciful, and even informative." --People The first comprehensive history of felines--from the laps of pagan gods to present-day status as meme stars--as revealed by a very learned tabby with a knack for hunting down facts Since...
The cat encyclopedia for kids
Garcia, Merriam
This encyclopedia highlights more than 50 different cats. Alongside colorful photographs of both adult cats and kittens, readers learn about the history, appearance, and behavior of various breeds. Features include information about cat care, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned...
Cat castles : 20 cardboard habitats you can build yourself
Oliver, Carin.
A shoebox or paper bag may be fine for those other cats. But doesn't your favorite feline deserve an in-home hangout that matches his exalted status and high standards? One that also shows off your own design sense and crafting skills? This DIY construction guide offers fun and...
Pounce! : a how to speak cat training guide
West, Tracey
From the experts who brought you How to Speak Cat, learn all about how to train your favorite feline friend in this fun, interactive guide. Whether you want to train your kitty to walk on a leash or are trying to teach your cat to scratch a scratching post instead of the...
Adventure cats : living nine lives to the fullest
Moss, Laura J.
Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about cats comes the ultimate--and unexpected--guide to taking your cat into the wild. Here are cats walking on a leash. Cats hiking on a leash. Cats tramping through snow. Cats camping. Cats kayaking, canoeing, even surfing--yes, cats...
Where they purr : inspirational interiors and the cats who call them home
Barbera, Paul
Cats can be notoriously aloof, yet they have a special knack for commanding a room. What can these curious creatures reveal about their owners' personal style and design sensibilities? Where They Purr showcases twenty-eight inspirational houses and their stylish interiors, along with the...
The cat's meow : how cats evolved from the Savanna to your sofa
Losos, Jonathan B.
The past, present, and future of the world's most popular and beloved pet, from a leading evolutionary biologist and great cat lover. "Engaging and wide-ranging ... The Cat's Meow is a readable and informed exploration of the wildcat that lurks within Fluffy." --...
The inner life of cats : the science and secrets of our mysterious feline companions
McNamee, Thomas
Our feline companions are much-loved but often mysterious. In The Inner Life of Cats, Thomas McNamee blends scientific reportage with engaging, illustrative anecdotes about his own beloved cat, Augusta, to explore and illuminate the secrets and enigmas of her kind. As it...
The ultimate cat book : a comrehensive visual guide to cats, cat breeds, and cat care
Edwards, Alan
This book is the perfect companion for all cat lovers, providing expert advice on choosing and caring for a cat, together with a complete guide to the cat breeds of the world. There is helpful information on feeding, nutrition, grooming, training, health care, breeding and showing. A comprehensive...
The lion in the living room : how house cats tamed us and took over the world
Tucker, Abigail
"By turns funny and disturbing, The Lion in the Living Room is full of surprises. Like all the best nonfiction, it will make you think twice about the world around you." --Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction "Dig deep into the...
Kitty cornered : how Frannie and five other incorrigible cats seized control of our house and made it their home
Tarte, Bob.
Kitty Cornered is raucous and witty and as heartwarming as a basket of kittens. I'm a bone-i-fied dog lover, but this book settles it: I'm getting a cat, or six." --Dan Dye, author of Amazing Gracie Bob Tarte had his first encounter...
The illustrated encyclopedia of cats : a visual directory of cat breeds, plus practical information on breeding, training, and care
Rixon, Angela
Featuring lavish illustrations, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cats is a 256 page directory presented according to basic groups: shorthairs, longhairs, semi-longhairs, Orientals, and foreign breeds--all featuring full-color identification photography plus photographs of...
Cat breeds of the world
Cutts, Paddy.
A comprehensive identification guide to all the major international cat breeds, featuring some of the less well-known examples found today.
Indoor cat : how to enrich their lives and expand their world
Moss, Laura J.
Can an indoor cat live a happy, stimulating, and active life? A veterinarian and a journalist answer this question with a resounding "yes," and offer real-life guidance for opening up your cat's world, even if they stay within the confines of your home.  There...
Indoor cats
Behrend, Katrin.
Give your indoor cat a happy, healthy, enriched life! Everyone knows that housecats love to snooze in sunbeams, but just because a kitty is domesticated doesn't mean their world can't be fun, engaging, and exciting! Learn how to keep your indoor cat happy and healthy with these...
The one minute cat manager : sixty seconds to feline shangri-la
Young, Kac
The One Minute Cat Manager suggests 60-second techniques that anyone can practise with their cat. With expert  insight into the inner workings of the feline mind, and analysis of cat behaviour, this book will facilitate a deeper understanding, and stronger bond with your feline...
Catify to satisfy : simple solutions for creating a cat-friendly home
Galaxy, Jackson
In this book, Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's hit show My Cat from Hell, and Kate Benjamin, cat design wizard, show cat guardians everywhere how to use home design tricks to address everyday cat care issues. Does your feline friend like to pee everywhere but in his or her litter box?...
Decoding your cat : the ultimate experts explain common cat behaviors and reveal how to prevent or change unwanted ones
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
The cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most popular behavioral issues that cats face Every cat owner has wondered: Why is my cat acting this way? Decoding Your Cat, a comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to decode your cat, likely...
Caring for your cat
Shores, Erika L.
Describes caring for a pet cat, including feeding and cleaning suggestions, plus provides information on the health, safety, and aging of a cat.
Fit cat : tips & tricks to give your pet a longer, healthier, happier life
Moore, Arden
Household cats are happy to lie about, preferably in a sunny spot, their only effort a trip to the food bowl or litter box. It is up to their humans to keep them healthy, physically active and mentally engaged. Fit Cat provides cat owners with a road map to the best care they can give their...
Cat science unleashed : fun activities to do with your feline friend
Wheeler-Toppen, Jodi
Discover all about how your amazing feline friend thinks, moves, drinks, stays warm, gets clean, cools off, and more, with dozens of fun science-based activities and experiments. Unleash the power of science! Have fun with 22 safe and cat-friendly activities that let you work...
Catwise : America's favorite cat expert answers your cat behavior questions
Johnson-Bennett, Pam
Top feline behavior expert (and author of Penguin's bestselling Think Like a Cat and Cat vs. Cat) answers the 150 questions most often asked by puzzled cat owners. Even those of us who have lived with and loved our cats for decades are constantly stymied by their...
The complete cat breed book
Dennis-Bryan, Kim.
The complete, all-encompassing guide to choosing and caring for your perfect cat breed!   From ancient breeds to modern hybrids, there is a wide range of domestic cat breeds, and it may be tricky to choose the right one! This practical illustrated guide will help you explore...
The cat encyclopedia
Are you a feline fanatic? Could you tell the difference between a Housecat and an Ojos Azules? Do you want to know how to keep your kitty happy and healthy? The Cat Encyclopedia is a comprehensive cat compendium that has all the facts about cats and kittens. It's...
The complete cat's meow : everything you need to know about caring for your cat
Arden, Darlene.
Awards: Cat Writers' Association Muse Medallion, Books - Health and General Care category About.comnbsp;Readers' Choice Award, Best Book about Cat Care The all-in-one resource for cat owners Do you consider cats valued members of the family? Do you want to...
Cat breed guide : a complete reference to your purr-fect best friend
Drimmer, Stephanie Warren
From the experts who brought you How to Speak Cat, learn all about 71 different cat breeds. From Russian Blues and Munchkins to Maine Coons and Persians, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of 71 different cat breeds. Each profile includes the breed's "cat stats"-...
Complete cat care
Atkinson, Sam
This is the perfect guide to take care of cats and kittens at home. Whether you are a new cat parent or already have a feline companion at home, Complete Cat Care is ideal for all your cat needs.  From making your home cat-proof and welcoming...
Crafting for cat ladies : 35 purr-fect feline projects
Roberts, Kat
For cat-crazy crafters, these 35 unique projects are absolutely purr-fect! Sweet and trendy, creative and fun to make, the crafts are divided into four sections--accessories, apparel, home, and party. Projects range from a kitty clutch wallet and cat print jeans to...
How to talk to your cat
George, Jean Craighead
Find out what your cat is really saying -- and talk back!What is your cat telling you when he rubs against your leg? What does it mean when he holds his tail straight up? Discover the different kinds of meows and what they mean; find out how to read whiskers, tails, facial expressions -- and much...
How to speak cat : a guide to decoding cat language
Newman, Aline Alexander
We know cats are beautiful, secretive, and independent ... but even the most loyal cat owners are often baffled by their own pet's behavior. With veterinarian expert Dr. Gary Weitzman as guide, this fun book helps kids understand what cats are trying to communicate by their body language and...
The secret language of cats : how to understand your cat for a better, happier relationship
Schötz, Susanne
Have you ever wondered what your cat is saying? Cats do not meow randomly, nor do they growl or hiss because they have nothing better to do. Cat sounds have a purpose, and they can carry important messages, whether for us or other cats. Susanne Schötz is hard at work on...
Why do cats meow?
Holub, Joan.
Did you know: that cats use their whiskers to find their way in the dark? that dogs and wolves are relatives? that cats and dogs have many reasons for all those woofs and meows! These fun and fact-packed books take a look at the history, characteristics, and ever-interesting antics of...
Curious about cats
Osborne, M. K.
How do cats always land on their feet? Find out the answer and spark kids' natural curiosity about pets with this inquiry-based nonfiction approach to cats. Featuring nine kid-friendly Q&As, curious elementary readers will learn about feline behavior, body language, and communication. Simple...
The absolute beginner's guide to living with your cat : choosing the right cat, cat behaviors, adapting your home for a kitten, cat healthcare, and more
Ercole, Enrico (Cat writer)
How to welcome a new kitten, choose the right food, and more! While cats understand their owners, in our eyes felines continue to be regarded as unpredictable and mysterious pets. So, if we have decided that our new companion will be a kitty, we must prepare ourselves and...

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