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Cat Lovers Book Club - September 2023

Welcome to our Cat Lovers Book Club for September 2023, featuring some of the latest feline book releases plus some highlights to celebrate Happy Healthy Cat Month and Pet Sitter Education Month!

Who knows? This may even inspire you to write your own hairy tails...

A Holistic, Individualised Approach to Helping Your Feline Friend Live Longer and Healthier

by Gary Richter

Learn the cutting-edge science of longevity and the best of integrative veterinary care to achieve a longer, happier life for your cat.

Recent advances in longevity science have shed light on the causes of aging and how we can intervene to help our cats live longer, healthier lives than ever before. 

America's Favourite Veterinarian, Dr. Gary Richter, guides the reader through everything you can do to increase both life span and "health span" for your pet, from the kitten stage to geriatric and end-of-life care. You'll understand how to make the best choices for your unique cat, using diagnostic tests, personalised diet and exercise plans, supplements, herbs, pharmaceuticals, and high-tech regenerative medicine.

Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Hay House, 29th August 2023

RRP: $37.95 from

by Eliza Berkowitz, illustrated by Lucy Rose 

Full of feline facts, lessons translating cat behaviour, and illustrated breed profiles, This Is a Book for People Who Love Cats is a joyful celebration of all nine lives of cat friends!

For cat lovers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated guide offers an informative look at the world and lives of cats. Cat enthusiast Eliza Berkowitz highlights why we love cats so much, how cats became domesticated, and just what they're doing and saying with their odd behaviour. 

Fascinating profiles of cat breeds, from Maine Coons and Calicos to Bengals and Egyptian Maus, are accompanied by charming illustrations that will make you fall in love with cats all over again... and again. 

Comprehensively researched and shared in an accessible, appealing format, This Is a Book for People Who Love Cats is a purr-fect addition to every cat lover's library.

Hardcover, 120 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, 22nd August 2023

RRP: $37.25 from

Tongue-in-Cheek Advice for Keeping Your Furry Friend Under Control

by Sam Hart, illustrated by Tatiana Davidova 

A fully illustrated book of tongue-in-cheek advice for cat parents who struggle to tame their cat's inner beast.

Having a cat can be such a joy. Little compares to the delight of cuddles on the couch, the sound of gentle purring, or the fun of playtime. But what do you do when your furry friend starts scratching all the furniture, ruining the flower beds, stealing your food and generally wreaking havoc?

Luckily, this entertaining guide is here with top tips and tricks to tame your cat when the wild beast comes out, so you can spend more time giving head scratches and less time worrying about the state of your curtains.

Become an elite cat parent with these nuggets of wisdom:

If you re worried about items crashing to the floor, attach ornaments with string and they won't make such a satisfying THUNK noise!

City cats love the daily discipline of being taken for a walk; give it a try and observe the calming effect it has on them.

Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, Imprint: Summersdale, 9 May 2023

Price: $19.80 from

by Andrew Davies

Underneath that chilled exterior is a potty-mouthed mouser ready to let rip. Sweary Cats features over 60 fabulous felines itching and scratching to tell it like it is, either through withering sarcasm or deeply insulting remarks.

Cats may have a reputation for being passive and chilled, but the phrase ‘cool for cats’ couldn’t be further from the truth. Cats are some of the angriest animals in the pet kingdom, they’re just very very good at hiding it.

For the first time Sweary Cats reveals the true emotions bubbling under the surface in cats’ anxious lives, whether it’s the failure to receive a variety of moist pouches, getting dressed up in costumes for their owner’s Christmas cards, or being taken to the vets – again.

Over 60 different cats reveal their frank thoughts on a variety of topics from fine dining to The Sound of Music – there’s no holding back when the claws are out. All kinds of domestic scenes are covered; cats in the bedroom, cats in the kitchen, cats in trees, cats in pipelines, cats leading orchestras and the inevitable cat sticking its nose in the litter tray.

The pictures may be cute in their own right, but commentary from Andrew Davies adds a hilarious dimension to these fractious felines.

Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 18th August 2023

Price: $18.75 from

12 decades, 9 lives, 1 cat

by Alex Howard

"After the success of Library Cat, Alex Howard is back with a new feline friend, as well as almost 300,000 followers on TikTok. Travel through time and the nine lives of The Ghost Cat as he observes the inhabitants that dwell within one of Edinburgh's famous tenements..."

Early morning, 1902. In a gloomy Edinburgh tenement, Eilidh the charlady tips coal into a fire grate and sets it alight. Overhearing, a cat ambles over to curl up against the welcome heat.

This is to be the cat's last day on earth. But he is going to return... as The Ghost Cat, a spirit-feline destined to live out his ghostly existence according to the medieval proverb of "The Cat with Nine Lives" - For Three He Plays, For Three He Strays, For Three He Stays.

Follow The Ghost Cat as he witnesses the changes of the next two centuries as he purrs, shuffles and sniffs his way through the fashion, politics and technological advances of the modern era alongside the ever-changing inhabitants of an Edinburgh tenement. As we follow our new spirit-feline friend, this unique story unearths some startling revelations about the mystery of existence and the human condition and provides a feel-good read full of charm for any fan of history, humour and fur-ridden fun."

Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Bonnier, 22nd August 2023

Price: $27.75 from

by Carla Francis

There's no doubt cats are a meaningful feature of Japanese life: from folklore to fashion, they've left a giant paw print on the culture. It's believed that felines first appeared in Japan with the arrival of Buddhism via China in around 552, when their main role was to stop vermin from damaging scriptures.

But what can we learn from these philosophical felines? Surely they can teach us a thing or two, through the wisdom gleaned over the centuries residing in ancient temples and co-existing with artists, courtesans, monks and writers.

The Zen of Cat is interwoven with stories and facts about cats, Japan and Zen philosophy. Carla Francis includes discussions with Japanese cat lovers, and invites reflection and 'mindful mewsings' on life through an A-Z of Japanese words to inspire.

Cats are unburdened by worry. They maintain an enviable equilibrium. Maybe we can too?

Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, 27th June 2023

RRP: $24.99. From all good bookstores and online, visit

Observations and Advice for Cat Companions from a Longtime Cat-Sitter

by Stephen Taylor

Cats are so beguiling that sometimes even their long-time companions don't know what's what with them.

That's a truism that feline friend Stephen Taylor came to know and understand in his 10 years as a professional cat-sitter. Stephen's human clients told him so many nuggets of information about their cats-info that so often proved to be wrong-that he formed a general rule around that fact: whatever you say your kitty will do, "Your Cat Won't Do That!"

In 'Your Cat Won't Do That!', Stephen offers guidance on best practices for leaving your cat with a sitter, as well as words of wisdom on a number of standard cat care topics, such as feeding, the litter box, health care, and creating companionship. 

These insights won't just help your cat enjoy your vacation as much as you will-they can also make your stay-at-home, everyday life with your kitties better, too!

Paperback, 110 pages
Publisher: Inc, 30th August 2021

RRP: $42.88 from

by C. H. Hemington, illustrated by Deborah Dawson

When Kat fulfils her dream of running a cat sitting business little did she know that using a dead squirrel to entice a flea-ridden cat indoors; being dive-bombed by a demonic budgie and stumbling across one client’s shocking boudoir secrets would form part and parcel of her daily duties.

The Opening Chapter features Nanda, a huge Norwegian Forest Cat whose party piece consists of impersonating a heavy fur stole on a sizzling summer’s day. Unexpected water-related behaviour, a muddy bottom and embarrassing sweat patches are all consequences of Kat and Nanda’s first expedition.

Some elements of the book have foundations of truth (based on the author’s own experiences as a cat-sitter) which have been elaborated and embellished and others are completely fictional.

Paperback, 282 pages
Publisher: Irony Press, 26th November 2015

RRP: $16.01 from


by Fiona Munro, illustrated by Laura Hambleton

A fresh, topical concept for a series of fun, interactive books for toddlers and young children about embracing differences

These colourful little books are a celebration of how great it is to be different, and how differences make us special - whether we are talking about cats, dogs, dads, birthdays, families, or anything else.

Every PERSON (and every cat, dog, fairy, and dinosaur) is special and every BODY is different too - whatever their shape, size, age, or hairstyle! Among the fun, there is a serious point to be made. 

At the moment, the differences between us can seem wider than ever. This series of bright little books provides a way to encourage young children to accept and embrace the idea of difference. Each title is providing a handy little slice of life-affirming positivity and fun!

Board Book, 16 pages
Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley), 3rd August 2023
For Ages: 3 - 5 years old

Price: $13.50 from

by Sasha Mayer

A captivating story about a friendship lost and found between a cat named Squash and her constant companion Maggie.

Squash, who looks a lot like the vegetable, is an early-breakfast, lots-of-naps kind of cat. Maggie is a wake-up-late, wild-playdate kind of girl. Despite their differences, they are the best of friends. 

That is until one day Squash confuses Maggie's new toy for a dangerous beast and makes a terrible mistake. An unbelievably BIG MISTAKE. Now Squash is a can't-face-Maggie kind of cat, and Maggie is a wishes-she-had-her-toy kind of girl. But the thing about best friends is, one way or another, there’s always a way back to each other.

In this story of accountability and forgiveness, these cute characters help kids learn the important lesson of owning up to your actions and being able to accept an apology. Best friends fight and teaching young readers how to deal with it when it happens, is an invaluable social emotional learning skill. Squash and Maggie show kids how easy it can be.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: Random House Studio, 29th August 2023
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $39.50 from

A Tail of Curiosity

by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Pete Oswald

Be as curious as a cat with this irresistible companion to Being a Dog by beloved author Maria Gianferrari and #1 New York Times bestselling artist Pete Oswald.

Join a child and their cat as they embrace their curiosity: wandering, exploring, and discovering all day long. This sweet and fun story is sure to spark wonder in readers everywhere.

Engaging backmatter includes fascinating facts about cat behaviour that will feed readers’ curiosity.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 6th August 2023
For Ages: 4+ years old

Price: $23.75 from

by Maddy Mara, art by Noemie Gionet Landry

Itty Bitty Kitty LOVES tree climbing, leaping on leaves and sleeping in sunbeams. She HATES being called cute. She is almost a tiger, after all!
She may still be a kitten, but Itty Bitty is ready to take on the world. And she knows all the Cat Laws.

But her family is taking a long time to learn the rules. They still don't know that cats must play when the moon is full. And they think cats are clumsy! Itty Bitty has alotto teach them.

Join Itty Bitty on three new epic adventures. Will she stick to the rules? Or will this kitty make up her own rules for life?

Paperback, 24 pages
Publisher: Affirm Press, 1st edition, 29 August 2023
For Ages:  2 - 6 years old

RRP: $14.99 from

A Cat’s Tale

by Kendal Lou Dickson, illustrated by Tamar Blaauw 

When a cat is dumped by his owner, he has to figure out to live on his own.

But the outside is no place for a house cat, as wild animals and strangers can be cruel.

When the cat meets a kind woman, he wonders if he can trust her.

Will she be the same as his former owner?

Inspired by a heart-warming true story.

Hardcover, 26 pages
Publisher: Kendal Lou Dickson, 13th August 2023
For Ages: 0 - 12 years old

RRP: $29.95 from

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