Cats have a rich fictional tradition, dating all the way back to the fairytales of the 17th century. And the preferred pets of cat lovers have had a long and fantastical existence on the page, especially in modern fiction from the 20th and 21st centuries. We’ve all heard of Puss in Boots after all, but how many know that T.S. Eliot, author of the modernist masterpiece “The Wasteland,” also wrote a collection of poems called “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” which went on to be the influence for the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, “Cats?” If you’re looking for a great read with a cat in one of the starring roles, consider these books or series.

1.      “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” – Lewis Carroll

This late 19th-century children’s novel about a young girl in a fantasy world that just keeps getting “curiouser and curiouser” is still as whimsical, nonsensical and puzzle-obsessed as ever. And who could forget the iconic Cheshire Cat, whose famous grin has become the hallmark of Carroll’s Alice books as well as the numerous adaptations.

2.      “The Cat in the Hat” – Dr. Seuss

Perhaps the most famous cat in children’s literature, Dr. Seuss’ ingenious creation is not only a master of mischief (and tall red-striped hats), but one of the most eminently entertaining felines in all of fiction. Brought to life by Seuss’ masterful illustrations and rhymes throughout six books, “The Cat in the Hat” remains an icon of kids’ lit.

3.      The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

While certainly not the hero of J.K. Rowling’s series-that-need-not-be-named, Hermione Granger’s pet cat Crookshanks plays comic (and several key) roles throughout the books and is well-known to fans. In fact, plenty of real-life kitties named Crookshanks can be found among the now grown-up fans of the series.

4.      “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

A satire of Soviet society starring none other than the Devil himself seems like an odd choice for a list of cat-centric literature, but this subversive Russian classic (definitely not kid’s lit) has been hailed as a masterpiece – in part thanks to Behemoth, a talking, gun-toting black cat with a love of vodka. If you like your comedy as pitch black as your cats, this is the 20th-century world literature classic for you!

For more cat fun, check out our “Five Great Tracks for Cool Cats” also! This content post is provided by the pet experts at Hartz.

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