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From the time of the Ancient Egyptians to the modern day, cats have always held a special place in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. Here in the UK, it's estimated 26% of households have at least one, making cats the second most popular pet.


Whether or not you have a furry feline companion at home, if you clicked on this article it's likely you're after a book about cats. From guides on cat behaviour, to detective fiction and story books for kids we're here to help you choose from the huge selection of paperbacks, hardcovers and eBooks available online. Read on as we rank the top 10 best books for cat lovers on Amazon and eBay!

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  • Last updated: 04-04-2022
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How to Choose a Book About Cats in the UK - Buying Guide

Are you after a guide to cat care, packed with information and practical tips? Or perhaps you might enjoy a cat-themed novel that sparks the imagination and tugs at the heart strings? In this guide we share our tips to help you find the best books about cats online!

Fiction or Non-Fiction? Decide Whether You Need Information or Want an Emotional Read

Broadly speaking, books about cats can be split into two categories - fiction and non-fiction. Below we go over some of the kinds of books you might find in each category to help you decide which ones you, or the person you are buying for, might want to read.

Learn About Cats and Their Behaviour With a Non-Fiction Book

Learn About Cats and Their Behaviour With a Non-Fiction Book

If you’re a new cat owner, or you’ve got a particularly troublesome tabby on your hands, you might want to invest in a guide on cat care. These books are filled with useful advice for cat parents to help you create a happy environment for both you and your pet. Some books even provide ideas for fun and engaging activities for you to try!


If you’re just naturally curious about cats, you can find plenty of encyclopaedias and reference books on breeds, cat physiology and psychology. These factual texts are full of cool facts and useful information sure to intrigue cat fanatics of all ages. 

Cat-Themed Fiction and Biographies Offer an Exciting Narrative

Cat-Themed Fiction and Biographies Offer an Exciting Narrative

On the other hand, if you prefer a good story, fictional books can offer unique perspectives on cats’ lives. These could be detective novels, young adult fiction or illustrated story books for kids. In these anthropomorphic tales, cats take on human characteristics allowing the reader to better empathise with their feline protagonists.


Some biographical cat books blend together fact and fiction, making them a great choice for those who like a good story grounded in realism. Although they may be based on real-life non-fictional stories, they tend to follow a narrative, rather than just stating facts or offering practical advice.  

Set the Scene: Pick Your Tone or Genre

Set the Scene: Pick Your Tone or Genre

One of the most important things to consider is the tone and genre of your book. There’s no point buying a thrilling cat ghost story for someone who’s easily scared. Similarly, a psychological guide to cat care filled with theory and statistics won't be suitable for an eight-year-old child.


If you're buying a book as a gift for someone else, think carefully about what they might like. For example, a practical guide might the best option for new cat owners, whereas avid readers would likely appreciate a literary cat book that challenges the mind.


To help you out, we've summarised the theme and tone of each book in our ranking. That way you know you’re getting something that will fit your interests – or those of whoever else the book may be for. Other than cats, of course!

Big Reads or Pocket-Sized Stories – Choose the Right Length and Format

Big Reads or Pocket-Sized Stories – Choose the Right Length and Format

Not everyone enjoys reading in the same way. Some people like to dip in and out of big hardback “coffee table” books, packed with pictures and nuggets of information, while others may prefer to commit to page-turning narratives that take place over hundreds of pages


Looking for a quick read? You might want to pick something under 350 pages, or a compilation book to satisfy your imagination with short bursts of poetry. For children, short stories and glossy picture books about cats will be the perfect length to fit in before bedtime.


Finally, you should consider the format of the book you plan to read. Paperbacks are a convenient and lightweight option, while eBooks can condense hefty novels into a device you can fit in your pocket. Audiobooks are ideal for listening to on the go, to help you relax and for those who like having a story narrated to them, rather than reading. 

Top 10 Best Books About Cats in the UK

Now you've decided whether it's feline facts or fiction you're after, lets jump right into our expert picks. Here in ranking order are the top 10 best books about cats in the UK. We hope you find one you like!

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Akif Pirincci Felidae: A Novel of Cats and Murder 1

Akif PirincciFelidae: A Novel of Cats and Murder

£19.00

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Genre and ToneDetective, Mystery, Literary
FormatPaperback, hardback
Length262 pages
9
Matt Haig To Be A Cat 1

Matt HaigTo Be A Cat

£6.00

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Genre and ToneYoung Adult, fantasy, uplifting, illustrated
FormatPaperback, Hardback, eBook, Audiobook
Length320 pages
8
Judith Kerr Mog the Forgetful Cat 1

Judith KerrMog the Forgetful Cat

£4.00

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Genre and ToneChildren's, funny, illustrated
FormatPaperback, hardback, pop-up book, eBook, Audiobook
Length40 pages
7
E.M Bard Test Your Cat: The Cat IQ Test 1

E.M BardTest Your Cat: The Cat IQ Test

£5.00

Fiction or Non-FictionNon Fiction
Genre and ToneGuide, practical, interactive
FormatPaperback, hardback, gift set
Length128 pages
6
Terry Pratchett The Unadulterated Cat 1

Terry PratchettThe Unadulterated Cat

£7.50

Fiction or Non-FictionMix of fiction and non-fiction
Genre and ToneBiography, sarcastic, funny, illustrated
FormatHardcover, paperback
Length160 pages
5
RSPCA, Dr. Andrew Edney The RSPCA Complete Cat Care Manual 1

RSPCA, Dr. Andrew EdneyThe RSPCA Complete Cat Care Manual

£3.50

Fiction or Non-FictionNon-Fiction
Genre and ToneGuide, informative, illustrated
FormatLarge format paperback, hardback
Length192 pages
4
James Bowen A Street Cat Named Bob 1

James BowenA Street Cat Named Bob

£5.00

Fiction or Non-FictionNon-fiction
Genre and ToneBiography, inspiring, motivational
FormatsHardcover, paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Length304 pages
3
Stephen King Pet Sematary  1

Stephen KingPet Sematary

£8.00

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Genre and ToneHorror, intense, thriller
FormatPaperback, hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Length480 pages
2
Pam Johnson-Bennett Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well Adjusted Cat 1

Pam Johnson-BennettThink Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well Adjusted Cat

£10.00

Fiction or Non-FictionNon-Fiction
Genre and ToneGuide, informative, practical
FormatPaperback, hardback, eBook
Length432 pages
1
T.S Eliot Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats 1

T.S EliotOld Possum's Book of Practical Cats

£6.99

Fiction or Non-FictionFiction
Genre and TonePoetry, funny, children's, illustrated
FormatPaperback, hardcover, eBook, Audiobook, Illustrated
Length72 pages

Compare the Best Books About Cats

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1
T.S Eliot Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats 1

T.S Eliot

2
Pam Johnson-Bennett Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well Adjusted Cat 1

Pam Johnson-Bennett

3
Stephen King Pet Sematary  1

Stephen King

4
James Bowen A Street Cat Named Bob 1

James Bowen

5
RSPCA, Dr. Andrew Edney The RSPCA Complete Cat Care Manual 1

RSPCA, Dr. Andrew Edney

6
Terry Pratchett The Unadulterated Cat 1

Terry Pratchett

7
E.M Bard Test Your Cat: The Cat IQ Test 1

E.M Bard

8
Judith Kerr Mog the Forgetful Cat 1

Judith Kerr

9
Matt Haig To Be A Cat 1

Matt Haig

10
Akif Pirincci Felidae: A Novel of Cats and Murder 1

Akif Pirincci

Name

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well Adjusted Cat

Pet Sematary

A Street Cat Named Bob

The RSPCA Complete Cat Care Manual

The Unadulterated Cat

Test Your Cat: The Cat IQ Test

Mog the Forgetful Cat

To Be A Cat

Felidae: A Novel of Cats and Murder

Features

A Classic Book of Masterfully Silly Cat Poetry

A Highly Regarded Guide to Raising Cats of All Stripes

A Scary Story for Lovers of Life's Darker Side

An Uplifting True Story That Shows How Cats Can Change Our Lives

A Comprehensive Guide From the UK's Number One Animal Charity

One for Those Who Like Their Cats With a Wild Streak

Jam Packed Full of Activities and Tests for Clever Cats

Timeless Picture Book Entertaining British Kids Since 1970

Award Winning Author Tackles Young Adult Themes - With Cats!

A Philosophical Tale of a Smart and Sassy Cat Detective

Price£6.99£10.00£8.00£5.00£3.50£7.50£5.00£4.00£6.00£19.00
Fiction or Non-FictionFictionNon-FictionFictionNon-fictionNon-FictionMix of fiction and non-fiction Non FictionFictionFictionFiction
Genre and TonePoetry, funny, children's, illustratedGuide, informative, practicalHorror, intense, thrillerBiography, inspiring, motivationalGuide, informative, illustratedBiography, sarcastic, funny, illustratedGuide, practical, interactiveChildren's, funny, illustratedYoung Adult, fantasy, uplifting, illustratedDetective, Mystery, Literary
FormatPaperback, hardcover, eBook, Audiobook, IllustratedPaperback, hardback, eBookPaperback, hardcover, Audiobook, eBookHardcover, paperback, eBook, AudiobookLarge format paperback, hardbackHardcover, paperbackPaperback, hardback, gift setPaperback, hardback, pop-up book, eBook, AudiobookPaperback, Hardback, eBook, AudiobookPaperback, hardback
Length72 pages432 pages480 pages304 pages192 pages160 pages128 pages40 pages320 pages262 pages
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Summary

So concludes our guide to the very best books about cats. From witty philosophical observations, to feel-good stories of triumph over adversity - with a few practical guides on cat care for good measure. We hope you have found the right one for both you and your cat!

Author: David Weir

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