The Perfect Cat Books for the Crazy Cat Person in Your Life

Everyone knows someone who loves cats (or maybe you're the cat obsessive in your social circle!) and sometimes their fascination with felines needs to be celebrated. Whether you're looking for yourself or for a gift for someone else, we've got a brilliant selection of cat books, from cat craft books to guides to felines to adorable photography books. And, we've compiled a list of the best (and strangest!) cat books in our list of the perfect cat books for the crazy cat person in your life...

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1. How Smart is Your Cat?

David Alderton

If you have ever found yourself wondering what is going on in your cat's brain, with this handy guide to a cat's mind you can find out just that. This book includes information on what your cat's behaviour means and how you can set up tests to find out how intelligent they really are. Plus, with activities to help you improve your cat's IQ, this book is great for bonding with your cat and becoming an expert in their behaviour. This book would work brilliantly as a gift for the cat-mad.

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2. A Street Cat Named Bob

James Bowen

When James Bowen was living hand-to-mouth in sheltered accommodation in London, the last thing he needed was an injured cat to show up at his home. James nursed Bob back to health and then sent him on his way. But, Bob returned and soon they became inseparable. In this moving book James tells the story of his and Bob's many adventures together. This book is the amazing true story about the bond between man and cat and is a must-read for cat fans everywhere.

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3. Tiny Hats on Cats

Adam Ellis

Writer and illustrator, Adam Ellis, adopted Maxwell the three-legged cat and decided, after finding some coloured paper one day, to start crafting tiny hats for him. In this brilliant and unusual crafty cat book, Adam shows you how to make hats for your cats too, because, as the book's tagline says, 'every cat deserves to feel fancy'.

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4. The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cats & Kittens

Lee Harper

Get all the facts you've ever wanted to know about cats in this comprehensive encyclopedia on all things feline. With topics such as the evolution of cats covered, as well as a section on every domestic breed (and some information about wild cats too!), there will be nothing you won't know about cats after taking a look through this great cat guide.

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5. Shop Cats of New York

Tamar Arslanian and Andrew Marttila

This collection of the cats that live in New York City is a brilliant feline alternative to Humans of New York. With gorgeous photographs showing the cats that live in New York's best locations, including hotels, bookstores and yoga studios, Tamar Arslanian, cat blogger, and Andrew Marttila, photographer, have included 40 cats in this perfect gift for fans of cats and The Big Apple.

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6. Making the Rounds with Oscar

David Dosa

Dr Dosa's time working at a hospice in Rhode Island with a very special cat is documented in this unusual but fascinating story about a very extraordinary cat. Oscar the cat can tell when a patient is about to die. He acts as a companion to the dying patients of the hospice and with him by their side, they never die alone. This strange and unique true story brings up many questions about the full spectrum of senses and abilities that our pets really have.

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7. Dot-to-Dot Cute Cats

Gemma Cooper

This arty cat book allows you to combine the craze for adult colouring books with your feline friends. With 64 dot-to-dot cat pictures to complete and the option to colour them in once your dots are connected up, you'll be entertained for ages with this fun book. Great for mindfulness and filling spare time, and excellent as gifts for people who love arts and cats.

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8. Cat Body Language Phrasebook: 100 Ways to Read their Signals

Trevor Warner

Utilising cat psychology, this fascinating book explains why cats behave the way they do. With a range of feline responses covered, from why cats chatter their teeth at birds to why they knead their paws when they are being stroked, you'll have all your questions about your cat's behaviour answered. This is great reference book for when you need help understanding what your cat is really trying to say.

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9. The Old, the Mad and the Wobbly

Heather Cook and Roger Cook

This book by Heather Cook, who worked as a homing officer at Cat's Protection for 30 years, is a tribute to elderly cats. Kittens may be cute but older cats are hilarious in their wobbly states. In her book, Heather shows you her own cats at their maddest and strangest. This unusual, hilarious book is the perfect gift for owners of older cats to remind them of how special it is to be the owner of a cat who's left their kitten days far behind them.

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10. Cat Castles

Carin Oliver

This fun craft book allows you to customise your own cat castles for your regal felines. Everyone knows cats love cardboard boxes but if you think your cat deserves something a bit fancier then check out the 20 easy-to-make cat castle ideas in this fun craft guide.

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If you still need more cat book options, whether for yourself or as a gift, take a look at our full range of cat books.

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    When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change.

    James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each of their troubled pasts.

    A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

    James Bowen's A Street Cat Named Bob has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2015.
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    Oscar the cat lives on the third floor of a nursing home in Rhode Island, USA. At first glance Oscar doesn't seem special. He's plain to look at. He's aloof. Like most cats, he's partial to treats and catnip. But in the summer of 2007 Oscar made headlines around the world. So what's so unusual about Oscar? He knows when the hospice patients are going to die. Dr Dosa's job is to respond to people's medical needs, treat them for their ailments and communicate with their families. Oscar takes care of the rest. He is a steady companion as patients descend into death. He is with them when they die. And, because of him, they don't die alone. Can a cat really predict death? Is he smelling something or responding to behavioural clues? Is he helping guide souls to heaven? Oscar's warm and profound story - of his uncanny ability to see death coming, of his steadfast and non-judgmental commitment to sit with patients as they die, of his quiet compassion - is a metaphor for what is important at the end of life.
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    Last autumn, writer and illustrator Adam Ellis adopted a little three-legged kitten named Maxwell. They don't know how he lost his limb, but Adam assumes it was a shark attack, like that surfing girl in Hawaii. (Just kidding.) One day, after coming across a pack of coloured paper, Adam started crafting tiny hats for Maxwell and posting pictures of them on Instagram. People loved it so much that he made another one, and another. Before long, he had made a few dozen and they exploded in popularity-Adam's hats were featured on The Huffington Post, E!Online, Buzzfeed UK, Jezebel, Reddit and more! Now, Adam is sharing his designs with the world so that beloved cats everywhere can share in the fashion craze that is sweeping the internet. The book will feature about 35 hats in total, organised in order of difficulty from easiest to make to hardest to make.
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    This cute cat dot-to-dot book is purr-fect for cat lovers and fans of intricate creativity books! Allow your mind to switch off and relax as you connect the dots, and let your creativity go wild by colouring and completing each cute cat picture. There are 64 dot-to-dot cat pictures to complete, and over 20,000 dots to connect.
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    Cat Body Language looks at all the postures cats are likely to adopt in and around the home, both with other cats and with their owners. Using the psychology of cat behaviour, it explains how a cat is likely to react in stressful situations, such as during a visit to the vet, when it is ill, and before or after a fight. All the most common behavioural traits of cats are examined in detail, from raking the dirt in the backyard and kneading their paws while being stroked to chattering their teeth at flying birds and meowing when a can of food is opened. Also included is a whole section devoted to the cat's most expressive body part - the tail. Cat Body Language is an easy-to-use reference guide that enables cat owners to read the signals their pets are giving through their body language. Cats are often regarded as being part of the family, and this book will help readers understand more about their quiet companions.
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    A kitten is a kitten, but each mature cat is unique. Shaped by experience - good and bad - cats are survivors, whether they have wrestled with the dark forces of nature or nothing more demanding than securing the most comfortable billet on the sofa. Older cats are not afraid to be themselves - not that there's ever any real danger of cats worrying what anybody thinks. Mature cats have had years to grow into their ears and even if their ears don't hear too well, those cats still have plenty to say. Author Heather Cook spent 30 years as the homing officer for Woking Branch of Cats Protection and this has afforded her an endless supply of cats that could variously be described as "past their sell-by date", "off-the-wall" or "damaged". This book documents the special felines who have taken up residence at her home (Tresta Towers). "Some of these have presented me with significant challenges, but there is no such thing as a bad cat. I believe that animals react to outside stimuli, favourable or unfavourable, in order to survive," says Heather. Madness happens: in cats as in people. It can take the form of harmless eccentricity, dementia or out and out psychosis. In cats it can be a rather attractive quality, only necessitating the wearing of protective clothing in extreme cases. Think of kittens racing round a room at head height, their tails like loo brushes and their ears like helicopter blades. They start off bonkers and it can only get worse. Some cats are born wobbly, some achieve wobbliness and some have wobbliness thrust upon them, by illness or accident. If you love cats, you will love this book. The cats featured are very special and have overcome any number of problems to survive. This is not a dreary book, however, as cats are by nature humorous creatures and there are many amusing incidents along the way. All the stories are true and all the cats are very real indeed.
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    We all wonder how much our pet understands, what is going on in their head and just how intelligent they really are. This entertaining and comprehensive guide will not only explain your cat's sometimes baffling behaviour - it will give you the means to test your pet's IQ yourself. Using your cat's natural skills, How Smart Is Your Cat? will enable you to improve their responses and reactions - and ultimately their IQ - as you work through a wealth of intelligence tests, giving them a star rating as they progress. The bond between you will deepen as you learn more about how your cat thinks. Featuring panels on feline psychology, different cat breeds and information on how cats communicate, How Smart Is Your Cat? is the ideal companion for everyone who wants to understand what their cat is thinking and how to communicate with them effectively. The perfect gift for cat lovers everywhere, this book will open your eyes to just how canny your kitty can be!
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    Humans of New York meets The French Cat in this carefully cultivated, gorgeous full-color collection featuring New York's iconic felines and the stories behind them. They inhabit New York City's most legendary and coziest spots-the Algonquin Hotel, a whiskey distillery, Bleecker Street Records, and a host of yoga studios, bookstores, and bike shops in between. True New Yorkers-masters of people watching-they perch on wine crates, piles of books, and a classic hotel countertop, taking in the activity around them. Depending on their mood, these cats will ignore enthusiastic admirers, offer a few delightful purrs, or occasionally even take a swipe. Some even find a mouse or two to chase. Shop Cats of New York introduces forty of New York's favorite felines-all who have an extraordinary story to tell. Popular cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila capture these deeply loved and well cared for animals in their city habitat and reveal how they came to reign over their urban kingdoms. A celebration of some of the city's most revered citizens and a unique look at New York life, this enchanting illustrated volume is a must for every cat lover, and every Big Apple devotee.
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    A shoebox or paper bag may be fine for those other cats. But doesn t your favorite feline deserve an in-home hangout that matches his exalted status and high standards? One that also shows off your own design sense and crafting skills? This DIY construction guide offers fun and easy instructions for making cardboard purr-a-mids and regal cat castles, along with many more pawesome homemade habitats. Build your cat an igloo, a treehouse, a train, a boat, or a car. All the projects are quick to assemble, use inexpensive and common materials, and can be customized however you or your cat would like. Don t wait, get your copy right meow!
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    Part of a great new series of comprehensive and accessible encyclopedias on our favourite animals, this is your definitive guide to the cat. Discover the cat throughout history and culture, its anatomy, appearance and behaviour, and take in a wealth of practical advice on how to choose a cat, care, health, breeding, and showing your cat. Information on evolution and classification is included before succinct clear entries go on to cover all the main breeds of domestic cat (nearly 60), split into shorthair and longhair and organised by type. There are also entries on wild cats and helpful statistics and icons provide essential information at a glance.