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Cat Lovers Book Club - July 2022

Sir Ranulph Fiennes may have said “there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” however, not being an intrepid explorer, one look outside at the torrential rain and sodden ground is enough to discourage outdoor activities!

If you'd rather stay home and dry with your cats, enjoy browsing our July 2022 - Cat Lovers Book Club, just in time for the winter school holidays.

The Science of Making Your Cat Happy

by Zazie Todd, Pam Johnson-Bennett (Foreword by)

We all love our cats and we all want them to be happy. But making our cats happy isn't about buying them lots of things — it's about finding out what matters to them. In
Purr, animal behaviour expert Zazie Todd addresses every stage of your cat's life and offers surprising and effective advice for even the most experienced cat owner, all with the science to back it up.

In this indispensable book, 'cat lovers learn the science behind cats' petting preferences; the multiple meanings of purrs, chirrups, and meows; how to best satisfy the scratching and stalking desires for indoor cats; and even how to keep both cats and wildlife safe if your felines spend time outside.' — Cat Warren, New York Times-bestselling author

Cat lovers will also discover how to:
✔️ Enrich your cat's life through play and exercise
✔️ Reduce anxiety and fear around your absence, visitors, and trips to the vet
✔️ Train your kitten or cat without causing harm (i.e. don't use a spray bottle!)
✔️ Provide for special needs like asthma
✔️ Make senior cats comfortable and so much more!

In Purr, Zazie Todd demystifies the feline-human relationship so you can form your special bond based on your cat's unique needs — all while learning lots and having fun together.

Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Greystone Books, 26th May 2022

Price: $43.25 from

by Suzanna Crampton

I am Bodacious, The Shepherd Cat, and this is my story. I wasn't always called Bodacious. I must have been called something else in my kitten-hood in the nearby city of Kilkenny, but it's all a bit of a mystery to My Human. As far as she's concerned, I appeared one day and have never left. It's a secret I plan to keep.’

Written from the perspective of Bodacious the cat, this is a beautifully written memoir of Bodacious’s life on the farm and everything that entails early mornings, frosty starts, beautiful sunrises, adventurous rare-breed Zwartbles sheep, hard work, entertaining animals, mouth-watering food, kind people and idyllic country living with its highs and lows.

The Shepherd often tells Bodacious her favourite story of how she went out to buy red ribbon to wrap a gift for her friend, but instead came home with a gift for herself: a daring, assertive, ambitious cat looking for a home. But soon The Shepherd realises she needs Bodacious as much as he needs her. As soon as he arrives, Bodacious saunters around the farm like he owns the place and immediately establishes himself as Top Cat. But Bodacious isn’t content to pad round the house and curl up by the Aga, and soon he befriends a farm cat called Oscar who trains him in the ways of the farm. As well as Oscar, Bodacious gets to know all the other animals on the farm — cats Miss Marley and Ovenmitt, the scruffy Border Collie / Fox Terrier-cross called Pepper, and The Big Fellow, to name a few.

With wonderful characterisation, humour, sharp observation, and a plucky attitude, Bodacious shows us the ropes of Black Sheep Farm. As we soak in the atmosphere of the house, the orchards and the fields, we also learn how this Top Cat Shepherd got his name – by being 'Big, bold, beautiful, bolshie', as his Shepherd always says…

Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins, 24th June 2022

Price: $10.95 from

How to Enrich their Lives and Expand their World
by Laura J Moss, Lynn Bahr

Can an indoor cat live a happy, stimulating, and active life?
Veterinarian Lynn Bahr and journalist Laura J. Moss answer this question with a resounding yes and offer real-life guidance for opening up your cat's world, even if they stay within the confines of your home.

There are many myths our culture perpetuates about domestic cats: they live longer indoors, sleep all day, are easy and low-maintenance pets, and can't be trained. Even the most well-meaning kitty caregiver will be surprised to learn that these long-held beliefs aren't necessarily based on facts, but instead reflect the many ways we have adapted our feline friends to our indoor, domesticated lifestyles.

Indoor Cat, by Laura J. Moss, journalist and founder of Adventure Cats, and Lynn Bahr, a feline-only veterinarian, explores how to help cat owners understand a cat's perspective of their indoor homes, with practical ways to enhance cats' lives to the fullest and combat countless health and behavioural problems that result from indoor living, as well as raising the question: should every cat live exclusively indoors?

Together with scientific studies, expert opinions with vets and behaviourists (including Jackson Galaxy and Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker), and first hand accounts and interviews, this informative and engaging guide strives to reach compassionate cat owners looking for new ways to care for and connect with their feline companions. Included throughout are 100 full-colour photos.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, Imprint: Running Press Adult, 14th June 2022
For Ages: 10+ years old

Price: $22.50 from

by Elizabeth Hutchins

When your cat is a precious reminder of your mother, it's a shock to hear your new friend's father urge the visitors to his wildlife sanctuary, 'Get rid of your cats!'

Kate's involvement with Mala Sanctuary and its captivating native inhabitants begins after she rescues an injured koala. 

Grunt brings together two diverse families, each facing challenging issues. Will the problems they face strengthen their friendships - or lead to tragedy?

Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Wakefield Press, 1st June 2022

RRP: $19.95 from

by Edna Dent

Little One - A Cat's Tale
 is all about the adventures of an extremely intelligent and curious cat. As a little kitten, she finds herself abandoned without a home and the future looks very bleak. After a stroke of good fortune, she finds herself living with a kind old woman called Mrs Gray in a little flat by the sea. Over time they build a strong relationship filled with lots of exciting incidents as Little One grows up and starts to learn about the world around her.

She gets up to lots of mischief indoors and starts to yearn for new adventures in the outside world. Eventually, she gets her chance and embarks on an exciting and, at times, dangerous mission, much to the dismay of Mrs Gray who has no idea where she has gone. Once outside, Little One meets lots of new animals, making friends and learning about how they live. She also hears of the dangers of their worst enemy, the cunning fox, and eventually finds herself in grave danger of becoming his next meal.

Will she escape the clutches of the fox and find her way back to the warmth and safety of the little flat where Mrs Gray awaits? This is a beautifully written story of discovery, love, friendships, excitement and danger. An enchanting read for children and adults alike.

Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Troubador Publishing, 28th April

Price: $27.75 from


A Cat's Guide to Art

by Jenn Bailey, Nyangsongi (Illustrator)

Meet a frisky feline family as they take inspiration from the world’s great masterpieces to learn the art of being a cat.

Discover how to be adored in The Birth of Venus by Botticelli;
✔️ Learn how to hunt as you pore over The Night Watch by Rembrandt;
✔️ Gather all your courage in Under the Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai;
As a finale, enjoy the art of feasting atop a skyscraper as the cats’ next adventure takes shape...

A book for art lovers, cat lovers and everyone in between, each spread features irresistible cat characters who moonlight as humans in some of the world’s best-loved images, set to a rollicking read-aloud text from picture book maven Jenn Bailey
Nyangsongi is an artist hailing from Korea who loves to draw pictures of cats. Her beautiful, intricate pencil drawings of furry felines have amassed her over 40,000 followers on Instagram.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Walker Books Australia, 3rd May 2022
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

Price: $31.75 at

A rhyming book about sustainable living
by Octavia Lonergan

The cats are worried about the state of our planet!

Join Ozzy, Tibby, Leo and Mimi as they chat about what everyone can do to be more Green.

With topics including recycling, litter-picking, energy conservation, up-cycling and more, this book can start many meaningful discussions. Whether read by a parent, care-giver or teacher, there are conversation-starting questions throughout, interspersed with a wonderful rhyming story.

Adorable illustrations of the friendly cats, combine with real-life photography to create an eye-catching and engaging book. Sustainability is a subject that will become more important as children grow up, so introducing the concept in a light-hearted and fun way is sure to help form well-rounded, thoughtful individuals.

Paperback, 42 pages
Publisher: Poems by Octavia, 17th May 2022
For Ages: 3 - 8 years old

RRP: $28.02 from

What Do Lions, Tigers, and Panthers Get up to All Day?

by Tyus D. Williams, Chaaya Prabhat (Illustrator)

Meet sparring snow leopards, sprinting cheetahs, and slumbering jaguars in this book about the biggest cats on Earth.

Follow pumas and cheetahs as they roar, hunt, fight, and play their way through the day. 

Wildlife expert Tyus D. Williams cleverly weaves the story in the style of a nature documentary, including gentle science explanations perfect for future zoologists.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, Imprint: Neon Squid, 5th April 2022

Price: $13.75 from

Step into Spanish

by Lori Ries, Lara Law (Illustrator)

What do you do with ten crazy kittens who want to get ahold of ten little fishies? 

Poor Miguel has his hands full while trying to keep his new kittens away from the fish tank. 

Will he successfully keep those curious kitties from having a yummy fish snack? Follow along while learning how to count from 1 to 10 in English and Spanish.

Paperback, 32 pages
Lawley Enterprises LLC1st March 2022
For Ages: 2 - 8 years old

RRP: $26.54 from

by Galison (Created by), Eloise Narrigan (Artist)

The Cats with Careers 500-piece Puzzle from Galison features an amusing illustrations of cats performing jobs such as Bengal Tiger Social Media Manager, Bobcat Waiter, Persian Cat Nurse, and many more. This puzzle is fun for the whole family!

Galison puzzles are packaged in matte-finish sturdy boxes, perfect for gifting, reuse, and storage. 

An insert of the full puzzle image is also included.

Puzzle Size: 508mm x 508mm
Publisher: Galison Books, 11th February 2022

RRP: $30.75 from

If you love dog books too, you'll find a bumper selection of the latest releases in our July 2022 - Dog Lovers Book Club for the winter school holidays.

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