This week our family had to make a difficult decision. Our Siamese-Russian Blue cat battled serious health issues for some time. Because of her age, it wasn’t wholly unexpected. But she was in great pain, and we couldn’t let her continue to suffer. We said goodbye and brought her to our vet’s office to be humanely put to sleep.
She’d been a member of our family for nearly thirteen years, and we love and miss her. Probably none more so than her feline companion, who is now alone during the days for the first time since she was a kitten.
So… in honor of our loss, I’ve made a list of memorable cats in literature. Hope you enjoy.
1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
A childhood classic with just the right amount of whimsy for any cat lover.
2. Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Who could forget Princess Una’s feisty cat Monster? The orange ball of fur turns out to be much more than an ordinary feline.
3. Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe
I remember reading this one as a kid and laughing out loud over the suspicious antics of Chester the cat as he tries again and again to prove the Bunnicula isn’t the innocent rabbit he seems.
4. Warriors books by Erin Hunter
There are several series out now following the stories of a family of cats as they look for new homes, fight off those who would steal their territory, and build a bright future for their little ones.
5. It’s Like This, Cat
I liked this one as a child, too. Adopting an animal can’t help but change our lives. It certainly did for Dave.
6. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Brave dragon-slayer Aerin marches into a battle she knows she cannot win accompanied by an army of desert dogs and wild cats. Though the animals don’t enter the story until near the end, they are faithful companions in Aerin’s time of need.
7. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
A lonely hound with an abusive owner befriends a calico cat and her kittens. The story is a bit dark but beautifully written. Who can read this without wanting to scoop up those sweet (and slightly mischievous) kittens and take them home?
8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
All right, so Crookshanks isn’t the most loveable of cats. Not all cats are sweet and cuddly. But what we cat owners know and treasure about our feline friends is the knowledge that often beneath that frenzy of claws is a loving heart. It may be more difficult to earn the affection of a cat, but once that bond is formed, we get to see a side of our kitties that no one else does. They may puzzle over our devotion, but we know loving our cats is well worth it.
Who’s your favorite?
Do you have a favorite storybook cat? Share the book title and a bit about it in the comments!