Holiday Gift Guide: Books for CAT LOVERS
Holiday gifts should, of course, be thoughtful. They can also be practical - both for the sender and the recipient. For this reason, I highly recommend books for the holidays. I personally wish I read more and don't always prioritize book purchases in my budget. When in doubt, you can always get a pet lover a gift card to a local or online bookstore, that way they can decide what they want to read in 2023.
Following are some of my book recommendations for pet lovers specifically. I'm sure there are a ton of awesome books and excellent authors we can all support this holiday season. Keep in mind, however, that when you purchase used books online, the author doesn't make a cut. They only earn from the sale of new books, therefore, consider purchasing new books as gifts both because they are usually in much better shape and because the authors will appreciate it.
To ensure shipping on time, get your online orders in soon. And, if something is so popular that it's currently sold out, don't fret, they'll print more in a jiffy. Place your order and let your friend know that a pawsome gift is on the way, wink, wink.
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Books for Cat Lovers
Books for New Cat Parents
I apologize in advance but you're about to see this name more than once because Pam Johnson-Bennett wrote the book on cat behavior. She's one of the most well-respected cat behavior experts in the US. And, her books are immensely helpful to new cat parents and veteran cat lovers alike. To start, I love her book, Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat, Not a Sourpuss.
Johnson-Bennett's book, Cat Wise, also makes an excellent gift for those that have had cats for a while but still have questions about their behavior. Because cats often display behaviors that humans confuse or misunderstand, deciphering their behavior with the help of a true expert in the field is sure to help troubleshoot some challenges your friends and loved ones may be experiencing with their beloved kitties and cats. A Q&A of sorts, this book would pair very nicely with the above-mentioned book if you're thinking of gifting more than one book to the same recipient this holiday season.
The Lion in The Living Room by Abigail Tucker is another awesome book for those that are mildly obsessed with their cats and want to learn more about them and their wild side. From their history, fascinating domestication, and more, your cat-crazy friends will love this read. Plus, it will give them a better understanding of the lion that lives in their living room, which is one of the most beneficial parts of learning about our pets.
Books for Growing Cat Families
For those that recently added or are planning to add cats to the family in 2023, Pam Johnson-Bennett's Cat vs. Cat is a fantastic guide to welcoming new cats to the family and troubleshooting failed attempts. Most cat experts know that cat dynamics are very complex, more so than most cat lovers realize. This book is a great addition to any cat lover's library, but it can change the lives of those navigating cat vs. cat drama at home.
Families with kids that can read or read with their caregivers will love Arden Moore's A Kid's Guide to Cats. In this book, Arden outlines ways that kids can care for, play with, and bond with their fascinating pet cat. I highly recommend you get this for your/loved ones' kids BEFORE you/they bring any cats home. She also has A Kid's Guide to Dogs that would make an excellent gift for dog-loving families. Both together would be awesome for a multi-species household!
Books for Cat People That Love Pizza
Trans Author, Aitch Alexander, loves cats and pizza. In his book, My Body is a Junkyard, Aitch chronicles his story in poems and some prose. His light-hearted yet poignant writings include a poem about cats, which he read on my show. If you or your loved one are into discovering new authors that share a love of cats, you're going to love this glimpse into the author's life and favorite pizza.
Books that I Haven't Yet Discovered
If you have suggestions for books I haven't included, please message me on Instagram or Facebook. I'd love to hear about your favorite books for cat people. I am always learning about and discovering authors. The pet industry is full of wonderful, knowledgeable pros. I know of many of them, but I'm constantly being introduced to new ones.
I hope this list helps you choose a gift for any and all cat lovers in your life. While you're at it, grab one for yourself. The more you learn about your cat, the more you will connect with them. Cats are truly fascinating creatures, often misunderstood, and there are many ways in which we can enrich our cats' lives every day. Don't miss your opportunity to help your cat live their life to the fullest.
Here's wishing you (and your feline family and friends) a very happy holiday season and all the best in 2023!!! Meow! <3