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And Now For Something Completely Different: International Cat Day

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction,
Nadine with Puzzums
Nadine with Puzzums, one of the greatest feline actor stars, [ca.1930]. Security Pacific National Bank Collection

August 8 is International Cat Day! Also known as World Cat Day, it's a holiday created to not only celebrate the friendship that humans and cats share but also to advocate for their safety and well-being.

Two p[airs of identical twins

Two pairs of identical twins, [1953]. Photographer Otto Rothschild, Herald-Examiner Collection

Of all the domesticated animals we keep as pets, cats elicit the most definitive response—love ‘em or leave ‘em. With a hint of their wild origins, they are never completely domesticated. Felines are capricious, inscrutable, beautiful and nimble acrobats. Their behavior and even physiology can be inconsistent. Cat lovers find all of this irresistible.

Women with cat around her neck

A woman holding a cat at a cat show, [ca 1920s]. Security Pacific National Bank Collection

For those of us that already know and love cats, we will probably give our kitties an extra cuddle, but for those who don't, it's a good day to look into volunteering with a shelter, helping them get rescued, healed, spayed or neutered, fostered and adopted.

the Fancy Feast cat in a chair

The British Shorthair S.H. III, who is featured in advertisements for Fancy Feast cat food, lounges on a director's chair, [ca 1980s]. Photographer Steve Grayson, Herald-Examiner Collection

Your library card makes it possible to check out hundreds of books and other materials for free, including books written for and about cats. It is up to you, dear reader, to decide if you like any of them. If you don’t like something, then drop it—in the book drop, or remove from your e-reader. Los Angeles Public Library has many more books that will make you want to read on and on.

The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel
Marquis, Don, 1878-1937.

In 1916, Don Marquis, columnist for The Evening Sun newspaper created two characters, Archy and Mehitabel, which resulted in many humorous verses and short stories, and a musical

The Cat Who Went Bananas
Braun, Lilian Jackson.

The cat who … series (29 books) by Lilian Jackson Braun. There is nothing too gruesome about the murders and mayhem that happen in the town of Pickax, where Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, help Jim Qwilleran solve the crimes.

The Cat Who Came for Christmas
Amory, Cleveland.

Cleveland Amory was an animal lover, who was adopted by a stray Christmas kitten.

The Cat Who Went to Paris
Gethers, Peter.

A Scottish Fold cat, Norton, charms cat-hater, Peter Gethers.

Cat Stories

An assortment of cat tales from two centuries, with stories to soften the most hard-hearted among us.

Henri, le Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat
Braden, William, 1979-

Internet celebrity, Henri le chat noir, shares his thoughts about life.

Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat
Cooper, Gwen.

Homer’s determination and adventures put the kibosh on animals that have disabilities.

I Am Maru

The biography of Maru, the Scottish Fold and internet sensation.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.

The long-running musical Cats is based on this whimsical collection of cat poems, written by a very serious poet.

On Cats
Bukowski, Charles,

Even tough guy Charles Bukowski softens up when writing poetry about cats, especially those felines who are combative, street-smart hunters and can duke it out—just like the writer.