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Cat Lovers Book Club - June 2024

Here are our top picks of the best cat books for this June 2024 - Cat Lovers Book Club with a focus on better understanding our feline friends and their unique needs.

Cold winter days are perfect to curl up by the fire with a great book whilst enjoying your cat's company though combining these activities always presents a challenge! 

The expert guide to a happier and healthier feline

by Mikel Delgado

Why interactive play is essential for your cat's wellbeing and how to do it well.

What does a cat need besides food, a comfortable home and access to a good vet? PLAY!

This practical guide from leading cat behaviour scientist Mikel Delgado explains how interactive play is at the centre of your cat's overall health. Revealing how it mimics the hunting experience that shaped cats' evolution, Play With Your Cat! includes:

✔️ Advice on selecting toys and setting up your home environment for the perfect play session
✔️ Guidance on specific play techniques to exercise your cat's body and mind
✔️ Tips on engaging nonchalant, anxious and uninterested kitties
✔️ How to use play to address behavioural issues like aggression and litter-box avoidance.

With charming illustrations to demonstrate different techniques and evidence-based advice to help you deepen your relationship with your furry friend, this is an essential handbook for cat owners everywhere.

'Trust me, Play with your Cat is an indispensable addition to any cat lover's library!' Jackson Galaxy, bestselling author and star of My Cat from Hell.

Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Profile Books, 28th May 2024

Price: $26.95 from

Get Inside the Mind of Your Pet

by Claire Bessant

Inside the mind of a cat. In How to Talk to Your Cat by Claire Bessant, readers are taken on a fascinating journey into the mysterious world of our feline companions. 

Bessant delves into the art of communicating with these enigmatic creatures, shedding light on the hidden language of cats. This revelatory book stands out among books on understanding cats, providing valuable insights into the fascinating world of our four-legged friends.

Beyond a mere cat guide. How to Talk to Your Cat is a thoughtful exploration of the intricate relationship between humans and their cats. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of pet communication, learning not only to observe but also to think like a cat. 

The revised and updated edition from the author of bestselling book The Cat Whisperer, promises an enriched experience, making it ideal gifts for cat lovers seeking to unravel the mysteries of their beloved companions.

Inside you will find:

✔️ Read all about cats and their dynamic with humans
✔️ Learn the subtle clues of feelings or thoughts to get inside the mind of a cat
✔️ Embrace the uniqueness of each cat's personality while bonding with cats

Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Mango, 9th April 2024

Price: $40.50 from

The Definitive Visual Guide

by DK

A stunning celebration of all things feline, from domestication and anatomy to practical advice on breeds and cat care

Are you a feline fanatic? Could you tell the difference between a Housecat and an Ojos Azules? Do you want to know how to keep your kitty happy and healthy?

The Cat Encyclopedia
is a comprehensive cat compendium that has all the facts about cats and kittens. It's packed with beautifully photographed profiles of different breeds from the Maine Coon to the Khao Manee, and includes information on caring for your own cat.

This book also offers information on the science and history of house cats. 

Find out how cats were domesticated and developed into separate breeds, and see their prominence in art, literature, and superstition. A chapter on feline biology focuses on the anatomy of cats - including the nervous system, digestion, and muscles - and also features detailed descriptions of cat senses and coat patterns.

With help on cat care - from preparing for your cat's arrival and essential equipment to healthcare and training - The Cat Encyclopedia is the perfect guide for cat lovers.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, 12th March 2024

Price: $42.35 from

by Hiro Arikawa

The uplifting new Japanese cat novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Travelling Cat Chronicles.

The perfect read for cat lovers, it includes seven beautiful cat drawings.

Against changing seasons in Japan, seven cats weave their way through their owners' lives.

✔️ A needy kitten rescued from the recycling bin teaches a new father how to parent his own human baby.
✔️ An elderly cat hatches a plan to pass into the next world as a spirit so that he and his owner may be together for ever.
✔️ A colony of wild cats on a holiday island shows a young boy not to stand in nature's way.
✔️ A family is perplexed by their cat's devotion to their charismatic but uncaring father.
✔️ A woman curses how her cat constantly visits her at night.

Bursting with empathy and love, The Goodbye Cat explores the unstoppable cycle of life as we see how the steadiness and devotion of a well-loved cat never lets us down.

A huge bestseller in Japan, every page is a joyous celebration of cats and how we cannot resist sharing our lives with them.

Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House UK, 10th October 2023

Price: $20.89 from


The Science of Making Your Cat Happy

by Zazie ToddPam 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 Warrenbestselling 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 PurrZazie 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: $32.39 from


by Kathy Hoopmann

This updated edition of the bestselling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome provides an engaging, gentle introduction to autism.

All-new cats take a playful look at the world of autism, and these fun feline friends will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with typical autistic traits, bringing to life common characteristics such as sensory sensitivities, social issues and communication difficulties.

Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes all the joys and challenges of being on the autism spectrum, leaving the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality and the potential of autistic people. 

Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 22nd September 2020
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

Price: $19.54 from

by Mara Grunbaum, Bernard Mensah

The purr-fect combination of facts, stories, photos, and fun stuff all about one of the world's cuddliest critters: cats!

Cats are popular pets all over the world. They are expert hunters, super snugglers, and are even thought by some to be a sign of good luck! 

Cats love to pounce, play, and stalk their prey just like their big cat ancestors. But did you know that they've adapted some of their behaviour, including how adult cats meow just for us humans? Come along and learn more about a wide variety of feline friends, all with their own unique behaviour - from the water-loving Bengal cats to the super fluffy, expert climber Somali cats.

For animal lovers who are absolutely obsessed with everything cats, this book has it all: mind-blowing facts; tons of breeds; super fun games; hands-on activities; hilarious cat jokes; and fascinating research, such as how cats manage to (almost) always land on their feet. Key features include:

✔️ Feline superlatives, like the biggest, fastest, most playful, and most colourful cats
✔️Articles on surprising cat research and hands-on accounts from experts
✔️ More than 250 stunning photographs
✔️ Hilarious cat jokes
✔️ Detailed diagrams and infographics
✔️ Hands-on activities you can try at home
✔️ Quizzes and games to test your knowledge

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House US, 21st May 2024
For Ages: 7 - 10 years old

Price: $22.95 from

by Stacey Patton, Acamy Schleikorn (Illustrator)

Based on the author’s real experience, this charming and hilarious picture book follows a solitary homeowner who insists she’s much too busy to adopt a stray cat…until the cat adopts her.

Staceypants lives in a beautiful yellow house in Charm City where she stays busy fixing things, planting pretty flowers, and keeping her home clean. One day, she finds a scruffy gray cat perched on her fence. But Staceypants definitely does not want a cat. Cats scratch furniture, jump on everything, and they need a litter box!

No, this is not Staceypants’s cat. Not when the cat comes back again and again. Not when Staceypants buys the cat a fancy cat bed. Not even when she and the cat sunbathe and do porch yoga together. But what will she do when the cat that’s not her cat disappears?

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 23rd April 2024
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $32.95 from


by Deborah Frenkel, Danny Snell (Illustrator)

The Truck Cat is a story about cats and humans, immigration and identity, and homes lost and found.

Some cats are house cats. Some are apartment cats.

But Tinka is a truck cat. Tinka lives everywhere.

Along with his human, Yacoub, Tinka travels roads wide and narrow, near and distant. But no matter how much they travel, home feels very far away – for both of them.

Yacoub drives his truck to make a living, learning the landscape of a new country along the way, and longing for connection. When Tinka and Yacoub are unexpectedly separated, they are determined to find their way back to each other – and, in doing so, might find more than they expected …

With illustrations by multi-award-winning artist Danny Snell and words by acclaimed new writer Deborah FrenkelThe Truck Cat is the perfect book to inspire kindness and compassion in young children everywhere.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Hardie Grant Children's Publishing, 1st May 2024
For Ages: 3+ years old

Price: $18.75 from

by Jennifer Rodriquez, Brandon Steele (Illustrator)

Allie Cat, known by some as Scary Cat, guards herself and her ally with hisses and swats. She pushes away everyone except one persistent boy-Harry.

As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Harry unravels the mysteries of Allie's loneliness and hunger. Will Allie Cat learn to trust and and open herself up to a friendship?

This heart-warming tale celebrates the power of compassion and embracing our differences. Join Allie Cat on a touching journey filled with purrs, hisses, and the magic of friendship that transcends boundaries.

Hardcover, 46 pages
For Ages: 2 - 12 years old
Publisher: The Way Press, 1st April 2024

Price: $37.95 from

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