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Feline Summer Reads

Written by Kate Schubert, DVM.

Summer—time for fun reading, so how about stories of cats?  I grew up reading the dog classics, like Lad: A Dog, and Lassie, Come Home. But I only discovered cats in fiction years later. There are many great adventure stories about animals, like Watership Down, the Redwall series, or Into the Wild (Warrior Series). Yet, these stories are not really about the animals—we love these characters for their humanity. What about stories about cats as cats? Or, at least cats as “real” characters.

I started thinking about my favorite animal stories after enjoying some new short stories by friend-of-cats, Kelley Eskeridge. Kelley is a well-known Seattle author and editor who wrote a story-a-day for forty-one consecutive days in support of Clarion West, an intensive writers’ workshop. Two of her stories are about Bubbles, a tough-guy cat. You can find the stories here, and here.

Other favorites? The Fur Person, by May Sarton, is a delightful novelette about Sarton’s cat, Tom Jones. The Silent Miaow is subtitled, “a Manual for Kittens, Strays and Homeless Cats.” Like The Fur Person, this book is written in the first “purrson.” Ceca the cat explains, in language even a human can understand, how a cat goes about taking over a household of her own. For mystery lovers, The Cat Who...series tell how Koko and Yum Yum always help their human solve the case.

What great cat fiction would you recommend to your friends for a fun summer read?

Published on May 21, 2017.

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