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Feel the Feline Love with These 5 Cat-tacular Reads

by  | August 8

Cats are the best. There, I said it. They’re independent, they’re soft and squishy, and when they purr, everything is right with the world. In terms of the pantheon of furry friends, cats stand paws and ears above the rest. If you agree with me (and you know you want to), then you should partake in these fantastic feline reads all about how cats are the perfect pets, no matter who you are.

Strays

Strays

by Britt Collins

Cats can be the best traveling companions, as Michael King quickly learns as he meets Tabor. King is homeless, depressed, and an alcoholic when it comes across a hurt and hungry Tabor in Portland. Nursing her back to health, he decides to keep his new furry friend and the two travel together along the West Coast of the United States. However, when King learns that not only does Tabor have an ID chip but that her owner is still hoping for her safe return. Reading the real life trials and tribulations of King and Tabor really gives you a sense of how close they grew, and how Tabor helped King pull his life together. The ending is sad, sure, but also hopeful in how the love of a cat can totally change how you interact with the world.

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

by Hiro Arikawa

It’s common to feel one’s heart lift when you get to pet a sweet cat, and those same feline feelings can easily be felt by reading The Traveling Cat Chronicles.Nana is a stray cat who is eventually adopted by Satoru, a young man who takes care of him while he’s out on the streets. However, Satoru reveals one day that he can’t take care of Nana anymore and visits three friends from his childhood to try and find the cat a new home. This book is one of the most loving, joyful books I have ever read. The half written from Nana’s perspective is proud but curious, loving if a little wary of the world around him, protective of Satoru. The other half, from the perspectives of Satoru’s three friends, gives us insight into the man who loves a cat so much he would travel across Japan to find him the right home. I could tell where the book was going from early on, but that didn’t stop me from sobbing during the book’s emotional climax, and I’m not usually a crier. This is the kind of book that demands to be let in to your bookshelf and your heart, and once it’s there, you’ll never want it to go.

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Life Works Itself Out

Life Works Itself Out

by Keiya Mizuno

You know who has life figured out? Cats. Sleep all day, eat the food, and demand cuddles on your own schedule. That’s how you win life. Now, what if we could all be a little more feline in our approach to the world? That’s what Life Works Itself Out looks to provide. More of a coffee table book than a deep-dive read, the book contains inspiring quotes, anecdotes of famous figures, and of course, pictures of adorable cats. A huge bestseller in Japan, it’s not hard to see why it’s the kind of book you’d want to owe — all you need for a quick pick-me-up is to grab this book, flip to a page with a sweet kitten surrounded by words of wisdom.

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The Lion in the Living Room

The Lion in the Living Room

by Abigail Tucker

If you know anything about cat history, you know that we’ve been domesticating them (or they us) for a long time, as far back as Ancient Egypt. But there’s a lot more to the story than meets the eye. Did you know there are cats on every continent, even in Antarctica? Talk about global domination! Abigail Tucker talks to scientists, breeders, activists, and cat experts to learn all about the felines we love to dote on. Looking at the science, history, and current issues surrounding cats, The Lion in the Living Roomgives reads a broad sweep of just how impressive cats are as a species and how, through evolution and time, they’ve come to occupy not just our homes but our cultures as well.

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Dewey

Dewey

by Vicki Myron

Cats rule the Internet, it has to be said, so there are famous cats everywhere nowadays. So to be a famous cat before all that means you have to be something special, and Dewey Readmore Books certainly was that, and a whole lot more. Vicki Myron, a librarian at the Spencer Public Library in Iowa, found a frostbitten kitten in the library drop-box one fateful morning in 1988. She nursed the kitten to full health and through a photo contest, Dewey was launched into kitty stardom. The book follows Myron’s story from her difficult life, to finding and caring for Dewey, and ultimately losing her special friend in 2006. Dewey not only meant a lot to Myron but also to his friends around the world who he inspired to read and live their best lives, which this book perfectly captures.

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A reporter by trade, Sara Roncero-Menendez is a lover of horror, sci-fi, and all things pop culture. From indies to classics to even the strangest genre pieces, all movies, TV shows, and books are fair game for a binge-fest. Follow her on Twitter @sararomenen or at her website, www.sara-roncero-menendez.com