Does your heart melt when a kitten mewls at you?
Or when a cat follows you around and rubs your ankles?
Are a kitten’s paws your greatest delight?
If yes is the answer to all the above, then you are a certified cat lover!
For all fellow cat lovers, here are six great books to pick up that revolve around your favourite creature!
The Guest Cat
by Takashi Hiraide
A lovely story centered around a couple’s relationship with their neighbour’s cat, Chibi in Tokyo.
Read my review here:
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
by T.S. Eliot
This collection probably has Eliot’s lightest verse of all time. And what are they on? CATS! From the naming of cats, to the more whimsical sketches of cats such as Gus: The Theatre Cat or the magical, Mr. Mistoffellees. Eliot was a well known cat lover and these whimsical, sing-song poems trace all the quirky characteristics of cats!
Read the first poem, The Naming of Cats, in the link below and enjoy some illustrations:
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu
by Junji Ito
Similar to how Eliot’s collection of poems was not his usual thing, Junji Ito is also known more for his horror manga but this title is a lovely autobiographical manga of when a dog lover finds himself as a unexpected adopter of two eponymous cats. Take a plunge into his eventual eventful adaptation of his adorable cats.
Want to be sure before taking the plunge?
Read the first two chapters here:
Remember to read it from right to left!
by Suniti Namjoshi
An interesting Zubaan publication on the author’s interaction with her beloved late cat, Suki. It is a touching and an emotional novel without being too preachy or mawkish.
Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World
by Vicki Myron
It is true story of an abandoned cat who became a part of the library in Spencer, Iowa and slowly squeezed her way into the hearts of the whole town.
There are sequels to the book as well as a documentary and a movie!
Read more here:
I am a Cat
by Soseki Natsume
This classic Japanese novel by Soseki Natsume is about a cat satirically commenting on Japanese society of this era. I have a feeling that all the dominant current memes on cats originate from this novel such as the one where the cats are plotting the death of their masters!
That’s all folks!
Did you notice most are Japanese novels? I wonder if this has anything to do with the stereotypical Japanese love for cats! Well Japan has become famous for neko cafes or cat cafes!
Do you know any other books based on cats that you enjoyed?