Cats in Literature

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of whimsical and funny characters.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass


Baseball Cat by Garrison Allen

In Empty Creek, Arizona, bookstore owner Penelope Warren and her feline assistant, the Abyssinian cat Big Mike, investigate a murder committed during a baseballgame. The victim was one of the team managers and he was killed with a bat.

Baseball Cat


Cat Caught my Heart: Stories of Wisdom, Hope, and Purrfect Love by Michael Capuzzo and Teresa Banik Capuzzo

True tales of the relationship between cats and humans.

Cat Caught my Heart


The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

In this beloved children’s classic, two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat, who shows them some tricks and games.

The Cat in the Hat



The Cat Who mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun

This mystery series follows the detective team of prize-winning reporter Jim Qwilleran and Koko, his brilliant Siamese cat.

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards   The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern   The Cat Who Turned On and Off   The Cat Who Saw Red  The Cat Who Played Brahms   The Cat Who Played Post Office   The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare   The Cat Who Sniffed Glue   The Cat Who Went Underground   The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts

The Cat Who Lived High    The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal   The Cat Who Moved a Mountain   The Cat Who Wasn't There   The Cat Who Went Into the Closet   The Cat Who Came to Breakfast   The Cat Who Blew the Whistle   The Cat Who Said Cheese   The Cat Who Tailed a Thief

The Cat Who Sang for the Birds   The Cat Who Saw Stars   The Cat Who Robbed a Bank   The Cat Who Smelled a Rat   The Cat Who Went Up the Creek   The Cat Who Brought Down the House   The Cat Who Talked Turkey   The Cat Who Went Bananas   The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell

The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers   The Cat Who Had 14 Tales

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (#1)                                        The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (#16)

The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (#2)                                             The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (#17)

The Cat Who Turned On and Off (#3)                                              The Cat Who Said Cheese (#18)

The Cat Who Saw Red (#4)                                                             The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (#19)

The Cat Who Played Brahms (#5)                                                    The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (#20)

The Cat Who Played Post Office (#6)                                                The Cat Who Saw Stars (#21)

The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (#7)                                              The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (#22)

The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (#8)                                                        The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (#23)

The Cat Who Went Underground (#9)                                              The Cat Who Went Up the Creek (#24) 

The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (#10)                                                The Cat Who Brought Down the House (#25)

The Cat Who Lived High (#11)                                                         The Cat Who Talked Turkey (#26)

The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (#12)                                                 The Cat Who Went Bananas (#27)

The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (#13)                                              The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (#28)

The Cat Who Wasn’t There (#14)                                                      The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (#29)

The Cat Who Went Into the Closet (#15)                                           The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (#30)


The Cat Who Walks Through Walls: A Comedy of Manners by Robert A. Heinlein

Join forces with a swashbuckling duo of inter-galactic space rogues struggling to save the future and history of civilization.

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls


Cats in Trouble Mystery series by Leann Sweeney

Jillian Hart, a cat quilt maker and caretaker to an Abyssinian cat, solves mysteries in Mercy, South Carolina.

The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse   The Cat, the Professor and the Poison   The Cat, the Lady, and the Liar   The Cat, the Wife, and the Weapon   The Cat, the Mill and the Murder

The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse (#1)

The Cat, the Professor, and the Poison (#2)

The Cat, the Lady, and the Liar (#3)

The Cat, the Wife, and the Weapon (#4)

The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder (#5)


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe   Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia   The Voyage of the Dawn Treader   The Silver Chair   The Horse and His Boy   The Magician's Nephew   The Last Battle

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (#1)

Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (#2)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (#3)

The Silver Chair (#4)

The Horse and His Boy (#5)

The Magician’s Nephew (#6)

The Last Battle (#7)


Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

Dewey Readmore Books, the resident cat at Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa, was found in the book drop one freezing winter morning, adopted by the library staff, and immediately became a loving member of the community.



James Herriot’s Cat Stories

A renowned writer on animals offers a collection of stories about the cats he has known.

James Herriot's Cat Stories


Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter

Follow the action-packed adventures of Jane Yellowrock, a feline shapshifter who uncovers the secrets of her own past as she battles rogue vampires, werewolves and other monsters in the employ of the ruling vampire of New Orleans.

Skinwalker   Blood Cross   Mercy Blade   Raven Cursed   Death's Rival   Blood Trade

Skinwalker (#1)

Blood Cross (#2)

Mercy Blade (#3)

Raven Cursed (#4)

Death’s Rival (#5)


The Joe Grey mystery series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Tomcat Joe Grey and two feline friends use their newfound ability to communicate with humans to solve mysteries in a coastal California village.

Cat on the Edge   Cat Under Fire   Cat Raise the Dead   Cat in the Dark   Cat to the Dogs   Cat Spitting Mad   Cat Laughing Last   Cat Seeing Double   Cat Fear No Evil

Cat Cross Their Graves   Cat Breaking Free   Cat Pay the Devil   Cat Deck the Halls   Cat Playing Cupid   Cat Striking Back   Cat Coming Home   Cat Telling Tales   Cat Bearing Gifts

Cat on the Edge (#1)                                                                        Cat Cross Their Graves (#10)

Cat Under Fire (#2)                                                                           Cat Breaking Free (#11)

Cat Raise the Dead (#3)                                                                     Cat Pay the Devil (#12)

Cat in the Dark (#4)                                                                           Cat Deck the Halls (#13)

Cat to the Dogs (#5)                                                                           Cat Playing Cupid (#14)

Cat Spitting Mad (#6)                                                                          Cat Striking Back (#15)

Cat Laughing Last (#7)                                                                        Cat Coming Home (#16)

Cat Seeing Double (#8)                                                                        Cat Telling Tales (#17)

Cat Fear No Evil (#9)                                                                            Cat Bearing Gifts (#18)


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

This classic children’s tale presents the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves and other wild animals in the jungle.

The Jungle Book


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

In this celebrated novel, a child is the sole survivor of a shipwreck, along with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a tiger.

Life of Pi


Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa

Oscar, a seemingly ordinary cat with an aloof attitude, provided comfort for residents near the end of their lives in a hospital for dementia patients.

Making Rounds with Oscar


Midnight Louie series by Carole Nelson Douglas

Las Vegas tomcat Midnight Louie, a true cat-about-town, teams up with his human roommate Temple Barr to solve mysteries. 

Catnap   Pussyfoot   Cat on a Blue Monday   Cat in a Crimson Haze   Cat in a Diamond Dazzle   Cat With an Emerald Eye   Cat in a Flamingo Fedora   Cat in a Golden Garland   Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt

Cat in an Indigo Mood  Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit   Cat in a Kiwi Con   Cat in a Leopard Spot   Cat in a Midnight Choir   Cat in a Neon Nightmare   Cat in an Orange Twist   Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit   Cat in a Quicksilver Caper

Cat in a Red Hot Rage   Cat in a Sapphire Slipper   Cat in a Topaz Tango   Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme   Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta   Cat in a White Tie and Tails   Cat in an Alien Xray

Catnap (#1)                                                                                        Cat in a Midnight Choir (#14)

Pussyfoot (#2)                                                                                    Cat in a Neon Nightmare (#15)

Cat on a Blue Monday (#3)                                                                  Cat in an Orange Twist (#16)

Cat in a Crimson Haze (#4)                                                                  Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit (#17)

Cat in a Diamond Dazzle (#5)                                                               Cat in a Quicksilver Caper (#18)

Cat with an Emerald Eye (#6)                                                              Cat in a Red Hot Rage (#19)

Cat in a Flamingo Fedora (#7)                                                              Cat in a Sapphire Slipper (#20)

Cat in a Golden Garland (#8)                                                                Cat in a Topaz Tango (#21)

Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt (#9)                                                                Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme (#22)

Cat in an Indigo Mood (#10)                                                                 Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta (#23)

Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit (#11)                                                           Cat in a White Tie and Tails (#24)

Cat in a Kiwi Con (#12)                                                                        Cat in an Alien Xray (#25)

Cat in a Leopard Spot (#13)


Mrs. Murphy Mystery series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

Crozet, Virginia postmistress Harry Harristeen solves mysteries with the help of her logical tabby cat, Mrs. Murphy; rotund grey cat, Pewter; and loyal Corgi, Tucker.

Wish You Were Here   Rest in Pieces   Murder at Monticello   Pay Dirt   Murder She Meowed   Murder On the Prowl   Cat On the Scent   Pawing Through the Past   Claws and Effect

Catch As Cat Can   The Tail of the Tip-Off   Whisker of Evil   Cat's Eyewitness   Sour Puss   Puss 'N Cahoots   The Purrfect Murder   Santa Clawed    Cat of the Century

Hiss of Death   The Big Cat Nap   The Litter of the Law

Wish You Were Here (#1)                                                                      Whisker of Evil (#12)

Rest in Pieces (#2)                                                                                Cat’s Eyewitness (#13)

Murder at Monticello (#3)                                                                      Sour Puss (#14)

Pay Dirt (#4)                                                                                         Puss ‘N Cahoots (#15)

Murder, She Meowed (#5)                                                                      The Purrfect Murder (#16)

 Murder On the Prowl (#6)                                                                       Santa Clawed (#17)

Cat On the Scent (#7)                                                                            Cat of the Century (#18)

Pawing Through the Past (#8)                                                                 Hiss of Death (#19)

Claws and Effect (#9)                                                                              The Big Cat Nap (#20)

Catch As Cat Can (#10)                                                                           The Litter of the Law (#21)

The Tail of the Tip-Off (#11)


Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

A playful book of verses about cats on which the musical Cats was based.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats