Have a cat friend on your Christmas list? We rounded up some cat book titles that make great last-minute gifts for the holidays or beyond. Happy Shopping!
“Good Cat!,” an ebook from Steve Dale, answers common questions about cat care with sound advice. You can find tips to keeping cats off counters, cat vs. cat aggression, cat aggression to human family members and even compulsive behaviors. Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, contributes to this cat-care guide. A prologue by Betty White acknowledges her shared contention with the author that cats are kind of like second-class citizens. “Good Cat!” is $2.99 each, wherever ebooks are sold.
“CAT FANCY’S Naughty No More: Change Unwanted Behaviors through Positive Reinforcement,” by certified cat behavior consultant Marilyn Krieger, lets you tackle tough cat behavior issues with ease. Krieger explains how to use clicker-training as a tool for dealing with behavior problems. One example, how to use clicker training to encourage a cat to scratch in all the right places (while simultaneously making places — like sofas where the cat has been scratching — unattractive to claw at).
“For the Love of CATS: From A to Z” was written by CAT FANCY special correspondent Sandy Robins with illustrator Mark Anderson. The book starts with A for “Adored: By the ancient Egyptians according to statues and entombed inscriptions” and goes to “P is Prowl, Pounce and Purr. That’s what cats do when you pet their fur.” and more. With each letter is a corresponding illustration.
“Cat Calls: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice form a Veteran Cat Sitter,” by Jeanne Adlon and CAT FANCY Editor Susan Logan (Square One Publishers, Garden City, NY, 2012; $14.95) tells you what life is like once you leave your cats behind with your cat sitter. Strange things can occur, and they most always seem to happen when people are out of town. Adlon and Logan bring these stories to life.
“Lost and Found” by Amy Shojai is a mystery novel with leading pets. In it, an animal behaviorist investigates a boy’s disappearance. The boy’s therapy dog and the behaviorist’s cat partner to help the protagonist solve the mystery. Along the way, each finds out more about themselves.
“Sorry I Barfed On Your Bed (And Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty)” takes a humorous look at cat-person relations. The collection offers full-color photos and funny point-of-cat-view letters of apology or suggestion to their people.
“Purrs of Wisdom,” from Ingrid King, shares personal challenges and the inspiration that cats provide to overcome obstacles. Daily productivity tips can help you find “Conscious living, feline style,” as the book subtitle shares. Cats’ natural instincts to rest and stroll can become mini meditations for rushed minds.