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Here are some of our favorite feline-friendly books. To purchase or read more about any of these books, click on the title.

This month's featured title

Ghost Cats of the South by Randy Russell

The mysterious Cat has long been associated with psychic phenomena and otherworldly happenings. Monday, one of my own feline family members who has since passed over to the Great Beyond herself, used to chase what seemed to be a ghost cat up and down our stairs; a friend who is sensitive to such things said she occasionally caught a glimpse the spirit kitty herself. My current feline companions, Harmony & Pouncival, often quietly sit and stare at a place where Monday used to sleep but I've never seen them sit or sleep there themselves. Are they leaving "room" for Monday's ghost? Hmmmmmmm....

If you live with cats I'll bet you have at least one supernatural kitty story to tell. But I'll also bet you can't match any of these classic ghost cat tales. In this companion volume to the popular Ghost Dogs of the South, award-winning folklorist Randy Russell presents more than 20 original stories of cats who reach between the worlds of life and death. Each story is birthed from existing folklore, noted incidents of ghost cats, and first-person accounts. No mere compendium of reported incidents and sightings, this ghostly volume introduces the reader to the fuller circumstances and personalities of known encounters with cats who have landed on their feet in the afterlife.



Pieces of My Heart: Writings Inspired by Animals and Nature by Jim Willis
Pieces of My Heart is a soulful, heartfelt tribute to animals and a plea for compassion. As you immerse yourself in its truths you'll reach for the nearest animal to hug, you'll smile through tears, and you'll feel the urge to run barefoot in the grass. The author paints an emotional rainbow with a palette akin to Thoreau, Khalil Gibran, James Thurber, Chief Seattle, and James Herriot. Pieces of My Heart encompasses favorites such as "We Are Their Heroes," "How Could You?," "The Basset Chronicles," and "The Zen of Cat," as well as a treasure-trove of new writings.

"Jim Willis makes a connection with the hearts and souls of animals that all humans should strive for. His writings read as if the creatures he so passionately cares for penned them. He powerfully reinforces the concept and importance of the human-animal bond, and that bond is evident in nearly everything he writes. Pieces of My Heart comes closer to speaking the minds of our non-human animal brethren and speaking up for Creation than anything else you'll ever read." — Dick Weavil, Publisher, AnimalTalk newsletter

Shadow of the Vampuss Bram Stoker's Kitty Dracula
by Karen Mahony, illustrated by Alex Ukolov

The Cat Guru
by Naina Lepes

Cats 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs Of Wonderful Cats by Rick Smolan & David Elliot Cohen
Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett
The Silent Miaow: A Manual for Kittens, Strays, and Homeless Cats by Paul Gallico
I Am the Cat, Don't Forget That : Feline Expressions by Valerie Shaff & Roy Blount Jr
101 Cataclysms : For the Love of Cats by Rachael Hale
Catwalk, A Feline Odyssey by Kathie Freeman
Cat "Tails" to Soothe the Soul by Diane Dippelhofer
Mewingham Manor: Observations on a Curious New Species by Laura Von Stetina

Catland
by David Garrett Izzo
The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey into the Feline Heart by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats by Clea Simon
Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Joan Rankin
Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett
What the Cat Knows by Brent R. Schofield
The Character of Cats: The Origins, Intelligence, Behavior, and Stratagems of Felis Silvestris Catus
by Stephen Budiansky
The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice Provensen & Martin Provensen
Honey-Bun by Anne Stockton
Cat Massage by Maryjean Ballner
Internet For Cats by Judy Heim
The Cat IQ Test by Melissa Miller
The Fur Person - May Sarton
The Dog Who Rescues Cats: The True Story of Ginny by Gonzalez, Fleischer & Amory
My Cat Saved My Life by Phillip Schreibman
Cat Care, Naturally by Celeste Yarnall
The Folktale Cat by Frank De Caro
Why Cats Paint by Heather Busch & Burton Silver
Animals As Teachers and Healers (audio cassette) by Susan Chernak McElroy
The 50 Secrets of Highly Successful Cats by Colleen Q. O'Shea & Crumbum Q. McIntosh
All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat by Suzy Becker
Always Kiss With Your Whiskers : Love Advice from My Cat by Liz Nickles & Tamara Asseyev
The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture by Elizabeth M. Thomas
HELP! The Quick Guide to First Aid for Your Cat - Michelle Bamberger, DVM
Legacy of the Cat: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide by Gloria Stephens
Yoga For Cats by Traudl Reiner & Walter Reiner
The Cat Lover's Companion
The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
Meditations for Cats Who Do Too Much by Michael Cader
Cat Horoscopes: For Each of Your Cat's Nine Lives by Genia Wennerstrom
Tarot of the Cat People: book and card deck by Karen Kuykendall
Doris Dingle's Crafty Cat Activity Book by Helen Levchuk
Two of our favorite mystery writers are also cat lovers.

Lilian Jackson Braun's protagonist is Jim Qwilleran, a journalist who lives with two always clever and sometimes psychic Siamese cats who help him solve crimes. The Cat Who Went up the Creek is her latest hardcover release and many more of her books are available in paperback.

Lydia Adamson writes mysteries featuring Alice Nestleton, an eccentric cat sitter who's also an actress and an amateur sleuth. Her latest is called A Cat on Stage Left.

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