Carib Cat

Last week we said goodbye to our 16 1/2 year old cat, Carib. I believe she was ready to go. I wasn’t. I’d been telling her lately “I loved you from the minute I saw you”. It took me a while to find her, but when I saw that tiny orange and black kitten I knew she was the one. She didn’t care for cats, but sure liked our dogs. Right now our house feels very quiet.

Here are a few cat books I’ve read over the years and really enjoyed.

Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron

The tale of this marmalade cat will warm your heart. This tiny ball of fur was left in the book drop of a small town library. The library adopts him and names him Dewey  Readmore  Books. He quickly won over the hearts of both young and old patrons from all walks of life. As I read this book I was once again reminded that I’d spent my years in the library saying “I wish we had a cat”. This book really brought that home and if TBPL ever gets a cat, you have no idea how jealous I will be.

Malcolm and me: life in the litterbox by William Thomas

This book is by an author that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing speak on two occasions at TBPL. It’s probably one of the first books by him that I read. I was introduced to him by his column in Pets Magazine (which the library carries).

William Thomas wasn’t much of a cat person, until Malcolm entered his life. What follows is a love hate relationship with this feline. According to William when his marriage ended his wife got the sane cat and he got Malcolm.  I enjoyed this book and used to like reading about Malcolm in his column. I also enjoyed later columns that featured his dog Jake. I’ve read *all* of his books, so whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, give them a try. You won’t regret it.

The cat who came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory

Once again it’s a tale of a cat who comes to visit and never leaves. Found in an alley on Christmas Eve the author takes this bedraggled cat home. Watch this scruffy white cat go toe to toe with an old curmudgeon and win his heart. One of the reviews I read on it describes it as a “quick, fun and quirky read”. I guess that’s why I liked it.

I hope you’ll give these books a try. Enjoy. And if you are lucky enough to live with a cat – give it a hug from me.

Karen Craib

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