Catatonic about cats? Here’s 9 novels which will make your inner cat lady purr with delight

These books are purrrrrfect

Are you the ultimate cat lady? Can’t get enough of your feline friends? Well, we’ve found the purrfect books to instantly better your life. From Crookshanks to Buttercup, we promise you’ll love these kitty cameos in our fave stories.

Here’s our top picks:

‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll

Why? The Cheshire Cat

Who doesn’t love the whimsical tale of Alice in Wonderland? We sure do. This children’s classic is a timeless piece full of dynamic, extraordinary characters – including none other than the Cheshire Cat himself. So why not jump down the rabbit hole and sale hello to the Mad Hatter whilst you’re at it.

‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

Why? The talking cat

Duh. There’s a talking cat, what’s not to love? This is perfect for anyone after a short read to polish off on a rainy afternoon and, let’s be real, the cat is one of the coolest cats we’ve ever encountered. Did we mention he talks already?!


QUIZ: Which literary cat are you?

QUIZ: Can you match the ‘Harry Potter’ character to their pet?

‘The Harry Potter Series’ by J.K. Rowling

Why? Crookshanks and Mrs Norris

Okay, so Mrs Norris isn’t exactly the most friendly beast out there, but we’d kill for a half cat/half kneazle intelligent little furball like Crookshanks. She plays a bigger role in the series than most fans will probably remember. That’s right, she was the one on a year-long hunt to murder Scabbers the rat aka Peter Pettigrew. Even Hermione, smartest witch of her age, didn’t pick up on the fact this was way more than your normal cat-chases-mouse scenario.

‘The Hunger Games Trilogy’ by Suzanne Collins

Why? Buttercup

Our favourite angry little fluff ball, Buttercup the cat is a sweetheart and a half – when he’s not hissing and spitting at Katniss, of course. We see his sweeter side when everybody is locked down in the emergency bunker during ‘Mockingjay’ and, what can we say other than: thanks for saving him, Katniss! You da real MVP.

‘The Turning: What Curiosity Kills’ by Helen Ellis

Why? She is literally a cat

*Spoiler alert* but Mary is going through “the turning” and it is all kinds of levels of awesome. Imagine being a human one day and the next… you’re developing feline abilities that help you transform into a cat at will. Where do we sign up for this?!


‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr Seuss

Why? The cat is in a hat

Do you need any more convincing, other than to be told there is a cat in this book wearing a hat? Classic Dr Seuss which we all know and love, you can fly through this hilarious rhyming children’s tale in next to no time and have a good chuckle whilst you’re at it. Perfect pick me up.

Bonus cat: Aslan

Enough said.

Do you have any favourite literary felines? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. You missed out ‘A Streetcat named Bob’ that is possibly the cattiest book I know. But out of this list my fave has to be Aslan. He’s a fierce feline :)

  2. I’m actually in love with cats. I legit had a crush on Simba when I was a pre-teen. But as for literary cats it HAS to be the Cheshire cat. Paws down he would scratch up all the other cats in a fight.

    Does Grumpy Cat have a book? Because I love Grumpy Cat.

  3. This certified cat lady says Cheshire Cat ftw. Possibly the only cat in existence more tricky than my own… Though I do totally have a soft spot fro Crookshanks, too.

  4. Let’s be real here – dog books are 100% better. If you’ve not read Doug the Pug’s literary debut yet, then you are missing OUT. Although, I do like a bit of Grumpy Cat. Grumpy Cat just gets me, y’know.

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