More books about cats to make you warm and fuzzy

More books about cats to make you warm and fuzzy

Jun 26, 2024Alan Wong

Previously, we compiled a small selection of books for enjoyers of The Goodbye Cat by Hiro Arikawa, or whoever is into cats in a big way or curious as a kitten. about what's behind the cover with a cat on it.

If you haven't checked those out, feel free to do so before going through this other clutch of reads featuring cats and their capers.

...Done? Okay, let's have a look.

Cover of "A Street Cat Named Bob" by James Bowen A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

James Bowen was recovering from drug addiction and living in temporary housing in London when he found an injured ginger tomcat. The last thing he needed was a pet, so he got the cat, named Bob, patched up and tried to send him on his way. However, the ginger tom had other plans. James and Bob became inseparable as the oyen followed James everywhere, including to his busking gig. Bob would soon prove his worth, turning James' life around just as the human turned around his.

Cover of "If Cats Disappeared from the World" by Genki Kawamura If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura (translated by Eric Selland)

A young postman with a cat called Cabbage is diagnosed with a terminal illness and given months to live. Upon arriving home after getting the bad news, he finds the devil waiting, with a proposal: for each item that the devil chooses to remove from the world, the postman will be granted an extra day to live. With that, clocks, phones, movies and such are wiped from existence as the protagonist's life is prolonged, but then the devil suggests making cats disappear...

Cover of "The Fur Person" by May SartonThe Fur Person by May Sarton (illustrated by David Canright)
W.W. Norton & Company

A fiercely independent and nameless stray cat decides to trade his cat-about-town lifestyle for a home and warm meals. Thus begins the life of Tom Jones, Gentleman Cat, and his transformation into a genuine Fur Person. This book is loosely based on the cat adopted by the author and Judy Matlack when they lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Said to be one of the most beloved stories about all that comes with sharing one's life with a cat.

Cover of "Homer's Odyssey" by Gwen Cooper Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
Random House

At two weeks old, a kitten's infected eyes were surgically removed to save its life. When the author heard about this cat, so much was already going on in her life – does her home have space for a special-needs cat? She needn't have worried. The kitten, named after the reputedly blind Ancient Greek poet, proved to be more than its disability as it grew up and had the run of the household, showing the author how to live and love.

Cover of "The Cat Who Came for Christmas" by Cleveland AmoryThe Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory
Back Bay Books

On Christmas Eve in 1977, Cleveland Amory rescues a tiny furball from a New York alley. Thus begins his adventures with said furball, whom he names Polar Bear. In between recollections of the cat's hijinks and habits are details of some of his adventures as an animal rights activist. A self-professed dog person, Amory didn't have any pets until Polar Bear came along, and having a cat seems to have provided another dimension to his lifelong activism.

Cover of "I Am a Cat" by Sōseki Natsume I Am a Cat by Sōseki Natsume (translated by Aiko Ito and Graeme Wilson)
Tuttle Publishing

First written in 1905–1906 by Natsume and published in installments in the literary journal Hototogisu, this satirical novel is a commentary of Japanese society at the time. The narrator, a high-and-mighty domestic house cat, observes the lives of several middle-class Japanese individuals, and some of his remarks abut them are not what you'd call kind. Japanese schoolchildren still study this classic for their assignments.

Cover of "The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today" by Hitsuji Yamada The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today by Hitsuji Yamada
Seven Seas Entertainment

In this manga series, Japanese salarywoman Saku Fukuzawa is fairly competent at work but has a lazy personality and is completely hopeless when it comes to keeping house, much to the dismay of her cat, Yukichi. So what's a kitty to do? Grow as big as a large human and learn to walk on two legs, cook, shop for groceries, separate the trash for recycling, and more, on top of maintaining Saku's overall well-being. If you were such a capable cat, you'd be depressed to have a slob for an owner, too...

Whether you're a cat lover or a reader looking for a change of pace, these cat-related reads might just be the thing. We hope this selection will help.

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