Summer & Fall Cat Book Favorites

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Summer & Fall Cat Book Favorites by Merlin.


Can you believe it’s almost September and stacks of cat books languished, unread and unreviewed? Clearly, the human is remiss in her duties and foisting the job to me. In the name of Bast and all that is holy, will I ever be able to retire? Forgive my impertinence, but things aren’t always heavenly in kitty heaven.

And I lied. It’s not true about the books being unread. We read everything worth reading. That means books that don’t grab our attention in the flick of a mouse tail, go on the B list. B for Buried. They lay in wait under other books. Some re-surface while others get a second shout-out just because.


One book I reviewed in April Homer The Ninth Life Of A Blind Wonder Cat holds special appeal for my mom, Layla. She re-read it after my one-way ticket to Summerland and enjoyed it even more than the first time. Dear Homer passed away in August, 2014 and it feels like yesterday that we created a tribute.

The garden has early hints of fall with the loud chirp of cicadas as a farewell to summer song. It’s perfect weather for reading in the hammock or anywhere outdoors before winter. Then, it’s the curled up cozy time by the fire, in bed or comfy chair. Our dear friends down under are seeing the first signs of spring. No matter where you live in the world, it’s always a good time to read.

Our small curated selection has something for everyone. Art books, funny cat photos, memoirs, cat training, a children’s book and oops, even a dog book, oh my!

We’re big fans of cat memoirs and our summer fave is To Catch A Cat: How Three Stray Kittens Rescued Me by Heather Green. Beautifully written and engaging, the story is about a journalist’s journey to find unexpected love and a deeper sense of self by rescuing feral cats in New Jersey with her boyfriend.


Catlantis by Anna Starobinets and illustrated by Andrzej Klimowski and translated from Russians is for kids 8-12 but so charming, we fell under its spell. It’s a wild tale of a time-travelling orange cat named Baguette who must restore their nine lives to all the cats into world in order to marry his love, Purriana. Publisher: NYR Children’s Collection (September 13, 2016).

Layla is especially excited about The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat, the new book, out Sept.13th from the author of Cat Sense, John Bradshaw, foundation director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol. To learn more, read our Cat Sense author Q & A.

This time, Bradshaw teams up with Sarah Ellis, a feline behavior specialist with the charity International Cat Care in England. Can cats be trained? Absolutely!  Layla gobbled up The Trainable Cat, calling it a game changer in cat behavior.

If you’ve never watched the BBC series with Bradshaw and Ellis and their fascinating research into cat behavior, here’s a treat. 

Chronicle Books always has the purrfect gift for every cat lover.  Since Black Cats Tell All, our book about black cats coming out this fall, we’re delighted to see All Black Cats Are Not Alike  will be released on Sept. 20. One of our book contributors, Penelope Kitten of Marcy Very Much is one of the cats featured.

The authors, Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle are illustrators who originally crowdfunded their stylish book of 50 crowd-sourced illustrations of real cats on Kickstarter. The popular campaign caught the attention of Chronicle Books who offered a publishing deal. And, it’s true: every one of the black cats looks unique. We’re beyond thrilled black cats are getting their moment in the sun.








Cats On Instagram and Dogs on Instagram Hundreds of adorable pet photos curated from Instagram. ‘Nuff said. You know what we’d choose. How about you?


Thanks for reading! We won’t be blogging much this week. Our book is in final edits. More news soon! See you next week. until then, We do post photos on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest every day. You can see some thumbnails in our sidebar.




33 thoughts on “Summer & Fall Cat Book Favorites”

  1. Wow! So many books you have about cats there. I have only read a few books, mostly about how to take care your pets or diagnose pets disease. I’m captivated by the book with the title ” all black cats are not alike”

  2. Wow!!! I wish I could have all of these cat books. I’m sure they are really interesting. The video is fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  3. wowee. I have no idea that there are so many books about cats like that. I used to prefer to watch videos or read blog but I may change from now on. Thanks for sharing !

  4. So many graet books. We always do not have enough time for reading while we can learn a lot of things from books…

  5. Rufus and I really enjoyed watching the video. It was fun to see how many of the cat sounds got his attention. Thanks for the book recommendations!

  6. I have list of so many books that I want to read but remain unread! I think Dogs on Instagram would make a great gift for my coworker (she has two dogs) for her birthday. Gotta check out 🙂

  7. Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat sounds good. I followed Homer for some time, and remember his passing. I have had cats who’s eye sight has failed like yours Merlin, but never a blind cat from birth. I think a blind cat would be fine, and had a chance to adopt, but the male human here said no more kitties as we get them accidently through taming ferals and people changing their mind, or the kitties just being medically or behaviorally demanding. Then add in the outside colony, and its rather a cat mess (although I wouldnt trade it)
    Always a pleasure seeing you Merlin. You are my Monday. It is almost Tuesday, running a bit behind !

  8. Such great books. Merlin, you ARE a wonder. Such a busy, busy life. I’m so happy to see you.

    Our boyz truly have learned how to get our attention with specific mews.

  9. So many wonderful books! We love, love books!! We just don’t have enough time to read much these days!
    Thank you dear Merlin for the reviews!
    to all.
    Skeeter and Izzy & the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  10. I dream of curling up with a book..winter is almost gone now and my reading is still a dream..of course my eyes were drawn to your Bast statue as mine is identical..and sits next to Tutankamun’s bust in my entrance..perhaps i may read after all…inspired..hugs Fozziemum x

  11. I would like to read the book of Homer and Catlantis sounds great too. Thanks for some fab book ideas… we are looking for good books for gray fall afternoons :o)

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