Why Books and Cats are the Perfect Companions

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Why Books and Cats are the Perfect Companions

As you all know, I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, and my ever-helpful co-blogger has been nothing but encouraging. In fact, she even made a pretty great suggestion for a blog post!


I had to take a screenshot or no one would believe that this post was all HER idea!

So, thanks to Asti’s gentle suggestion, I’ve come up with a list of ten things every book-loving cat owner understands. If you don’t have cats, maybe you’re curious about how a cat would fare in your book-filled home. This list is also for you!

1. Cats can be great reading companions.

In exhibits A and B (above), you can see great examples of my cat Genovieve being a great reading companion. Whenever I set on the couch to read, it’s like a signal to her that it’s snuggle time, so she oozes her way onto my lap. Awww. ^_^

2. Cats can also be not-so-great reading companions.

My cat has decided that when I sit on the couch and open a book on my lap, it is an invitation for her to come over and snuggle. Now, I love kitty snuggles, but not when they get in the way of the words! (The night after I finished writing this post, THIS HAPPENED, which I’m sure Asti will find quite amusing…)

3. Cats get excited when you bring home new books.

My little Squishbean loves new things to investigate, such as books that I’m clearly setting up for a photo shoot, or leftover packaging from books I got in the mail that day. She would be *so bored* if I wasn’t getting new books all the time!

4. Cats get excited when new books arrive in the mail.

The best kind of mail is book mail, because books usually come in boxes! (In fact, I get so much book mail that at one point she was actually on cardboard box overload. Imagine that!)

5. Cats love to see stacks of books around the house.

What more could a bookworm as for in a pet? As a person who will always have books stacked up in vairous locations throughout the house, it’s good to know that my cat approves.

6. When you read books aloud, cats settle in for the story.

My husband and I love to read books aloud to one another, and our cat usually wants to be in the middle of the action. Sometimes she tucks in and listens attentively. Sometimes she’s more demanding about which book she wants us to read.

7. When you read books aloud, sometimes they get really into it.

And sometimes they just get dramatic about it…

8. If you are reading aloud a book about food, cats will suddenly remember that their bowls are not completely full and feel the need to remind you of this with urgency.

I mean. Just because you push the food to the edges of the bowl does not mean that it’s empty.

9. Cats like to bring books to bed with them, too.

My cat is a connoisseur of Sitting on Things. She loves to sit on pants. She loves to sit on paper. She loves to sit on plastic bags and the TV remote and anything looks really uncomfortable to sit on. She also loves to sit and snuggle with a good book.

10. Books about cats invoke a special kind of joy.

I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton A Cat Called Dog by Jem Vanston I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books, Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

I think this one kind of speaks for itself. When you love anything — in this case, cats — you tend to gravitate toward, and appreciate, media that celebrates that thing. Books + cats = win.

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