Top 5 Must-Read Cat Books for the Holidays

PetMD Editorial
Published: December 21, 2009
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Meow Monday

It’s winter and that means it’s the purr-fect excuse to curl up in bed with a book (with your cat curled up next to you) and have a good old read. And what better subject matter is there for cat lovers than books about cats?

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled the top five cat books that need to go on your must-read list.

#5 Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin

The first in a four-part series of books, Catwings is a charming and highly entertaining fantasy novel about four kittens born with wings who take to the skies for adventures. While the book series was written for kids, people of all ages absolutely love them … even people who grew up disliking cats have been won over. Start out with the first novel or get yourself the four-book boxed set.

#4 The Cat Who Came For Christmas by Cleveland Amory

A true story. Amory, an animal activist and founder of Fund For Animals, was a devoted dog person … until he rescued and took home a skinny white cat one Christmas. And in his struggle to understand the ways of cats, he has become an avid cat lover. The book is warm, amusing, and a must-read for everyone who loves cats.

#3 The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

The first book in this very long running series introduces us to reporter Jim Quilleran (Quill) and the exceptional (and beautiful) Siamese Koko. Together they solve murders and crimes … well, actually, it’s Koko that leads the reader and Quill to the clues. This charming and much-loved series will hook you in with the intriguing mysteries and wonderful characters.

#2 Wish You Were Here (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries) by Rita Mae Brown (and her cat, Sneaky Pie)

The first book in the Mrs. Brown series, Wish You Were Here follows the adventures of Miss Mary Haristeen, or Harry, and her super-smart, super-sleuthing pets: a cat, Mrs. Brown, and Tee Tucker the Corgi. Together, the three set about solving the mystery of who’s behind the gruesome murders happening in their small Virginian town. If you love murder mysteries, then you’ll love this delightful series. A purr-fect read for both cat and dog lovers alike!

#1 James Herriot’s Cat Stories by James Herriot

Herriot was an English vet who upon retiring, sat down and wrote what is quite probably one of the most loved animal book sets, All Creatures Great & Small. Turned into a hit TV show years ago, his stories of animals from his time as a vet have entertained generations. And now just for cat lovers, are the cat stories, all in one book. Herriot's seamless and delightful writing brings a collection of stories that will stay in your mind and beg to be reread, often. And yes, cats were his favorite animal.

So there are our top five cat books you have to read. But be warned, once you start reading these, you’ll be searching for the other books written by these fabulous authors. And yes, they all make the purr-fect gift for the coming holiday…

Meow! It’s Monday.