It will come as no surprise that at International Cat Care, we’re crazy about cats. Not only do we fill our working day with them, we like to read about them and watch their exploits on TV and in films in our spare time.
We’ve been compiling a list of our favourites, but as you can probably imagine, it’s a long one. We’ve decided to split it into a few parts, this third part is a collection of our favourite cat-related children’s books.
Mog and the V.E.T. – Judith Kerr
It was difficult to choose a favourite from Judith Kerr. ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ are both classics, and although the tiger is also a cat, it’s Mog that takes the top spot for us.
Mog was inspired by Judith’s own cat, who apparently had a penchant for boiled eggs, and the love and curiosity she felt for her cat is translated into her books.
Mog and the V.E.T. tells the story of Mog’s visit to the veterinary clinic after hurting her paw, and the chaos that ensues once she’s there. We can’t help but feel sorry for Mog and we’re sure she would have been happier if she’d visited one of our Cat Friendly Clinics!
It’s a classic story from a series that deserves to be read in its entirety.
Orlando the Marmalade Cat – Kathleen Hale
Orlando was inspired by Kathleen Hale’s own cat of the same name and she created the stories for her children.
The tales follow Orlando the Marmalade Cat ‘with eyes like twin gooseberries’ and his adventures with his wife Grace and his family. They involve everything from visiting the moon, to becoming a doctor, and are all accompanied by the beautiful illustrations that set these books apart.
The first book in the series ‘Orlando: A Camping Holiday’ is still in print and available, but the rest are now a little harder to find.
Meg and Mog – Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienowski
Another Mog, but this one is the companion of a witch called Meg who has little luck with her magic. ‘Meg and Mog’ is the first story in a series of dozens of books about their adventures with their friend Owl.
In this first book in the series, Meg is accompanied by her striped cat Mog to a Halloween party with all the other witches, where their magic takes an unexpected turn.
The characteristic, brightly coloured illustrations make their adventures a joy to read!
The Tale of Tom Kitten – Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter’s books have retained pride of place on shelves in bookshops for over a century and The Tale of Tom Kitten is our favourite at iCatCare.
Tom’s mother, Tabitha Twitchit, is waiting for her friends to arrive for tea and dresses Tom and his two sisters in their finest clothes. She couldn’t guess at the trouble they’d get themselves into!
This is a beautifully illustrated classic.
Warrior Cats – Erin Hunter
These extremely popular books span several different series.
The first series ‘Warriors: The Prophecies Begin’ follows a housecat called Rusty who meets a clan of wild cats in the forest and his adventures within the group.
Through the seven series of books, an epic fantasy world is created that has captured the imagination of countless children. There are lots of spin-offs and even talk of a film, and the world of the Warrior Cats doesn’t look as though it will stop growing any time soon.