Celluloid Diaries: Top 20 best books about pets

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top 20 best books about pets

top 20 best books about pets

People are obsessed with pets. Over fifteen percent of the web is cat-related content. That's a lot.

Pets are now taking over the literary world as well. No matter what genre you look at – horror, mystery, Christmas, romance, memoir – it's easy to spot books in which dogs, cats, and other animals are an important part of the story.

Here's a list of the top 20 best books about pets.

To make things even better, you can now win a package with ALL these books by filling out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this page! The giveaway is open worldwide! Good luck.

best books with cats dogs

Avalon by Vanessa Morgan

Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat. With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon's demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.

halloween novel with cats

The Legend of Tabby Hollow by Kathi Daley

Cait lives in a cabin on her aunt's oceanfront estate where she helps her aunt run Harthaven Cat Sanctuary. When she isn't working with the cats, she helps best friend Tara, operate the coffee bar/bookstore/cat lounge they own, named Coffee Cat Books.

In the fifth book in the series, Cait is led to the body of the local mayor who was killed in an area known as the hollow. The hollow is populated only by the feral cats, and since the mayor hates cats, Cait can’t imagine what he was doing there in the first place.

As she begins to investigate the mysterious death, along with her kitty sidekick Ichabod, she finds a twisted and disturbing set of facts, that taken together, have far-reaching implications for the island as a whole. When a second body shows up near her cabin, she knows it is time to call in the gang and get to the bottom of motive for the strange deaths.

talking with dogs and cats

Talking with Dogs and Cats by Tim Link

“Why has my cat suddenly stopped using the litter box?” “Why is my dog barking incessantly?” “Why doesn’t my dog or cat listen to me when I ask him to do something?” “How do I get my dog to stop aggressive behavior at the dog park?” These are questions that have entered the minds of pet owners everywhere at one time or another. Pet owners want to know how to communicate effectively with their pets and understand their individual wants and needs. They also want to share their wants and needs with their pets. If only we could talk to them like we talk to each other. If only they could understand exactly what we are trying to convey to them by the visualizations that we are using when we speak. 

Tim Link demonstrates how to effectively communicate with the animals by: recognizing that each animal has a unique personality, understanding the feelings and emotions of the animals, quieting the mind and opening the heart to communicate with the animals, communicating by speaking aloud to them with words while at the same time being able to visualize the information, using these methods to solve a pet’s behavioral and emotional challenges. 

book with dogs

The Returns by M.K. Clinton

What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time?  

F.B.I Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way as he is directed to a little-known area devoted to correcting glitches in the longevity system. The Returns Department specializes in finding appropriate bodies for “early arrivals” before sending them back to earth. It seemed an acceptable solution until Bentley realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns.  

Laugh along as a delightful Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and Flamboyant Westie join Bentley to form an unlikely brotherhood of crime-fighting heroes. The Returns takes you on a fun-loving, junk food eating adventure through the exciting streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.   


Cattitude by Edie Ramer

It’s all in the Cattitude . . .

After Belle the cat switches bodies with a psychic on the run from a murderer, she wants her perfect cat body back instead of this furless human one. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with her former owner. Or that a CEO and a beauty queen want to use up her nine lives. Now is her chance to prove anything a human can do, a cat can do better.

Cattitude is a magical tale that you won’t soon forget. Edie Ramer has a writing voice that charms, and she pulls the reader right into Belle’s amazing world.” ~Cynthia Eden, New York Times best-selling author.

romance novel with cats

Klutzy Love by Sharon Kleve

Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead.

Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!

Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol.

Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed but has her fingers crossed behind her back.

housecat confidential

Housecat Confidential by Fin and Meg S. Hart

Ever wondered what "Meow" really means? What would a cat say about her life, or about her observations of yours? Maybe our lives aren't so different. Fin's life is filled with many of the same struggles and joys we can all relate to. Her love of and frustration with her family, finding love despite the scandal (with her toy mouse), discovering her life's purpose (humans don't wake themselves), and protecting the ones she loves from danger (moths and the new family dog). After reading this humorous and heartwarming tale, filled with advice on living life on the inside, you may never think of "Pet Peeves" in the same way again.

cats photo ebook

Cats of Italy by Janet Wellington

If you love all things cat, then this ebook photo essay is for you! Enjoy 72 photos of cats Janet Wellington met in Italy, accompanied by 63 cute cat quotes. A fun, quick read--and a pictorial memory of a magical trip.

piggy book readers favorite

Piggy by Karen Malena

What do a cat and mouse have in common? One little kitten is about to find out.

“We don’t always have to fight or prove ourselves to be big and strong. Sometimes it’s the smallest of creatures who can teach us life’s greatest lessons.”

The grey-striped tabby cuddles her tiny kitten close. “Peanut,” she says. “What if I tell you the most wonderful tale tonight? A bedtime story I think you might enjoy. This is a true story, one of an unlikely friendship, great bravery, heroes, and villains.”

This is Piggy’s story…

cozy mystery with cats

Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Book 1) by Paige Sleuth

Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale's orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal "whodunit"?

patricia fry books

The Corral Cat Caper: a Klepto Cat Mystery (volume 7) by Patricia Fry

Savannah Ivey’s horse goes missing and Rags, the klepto cat, goes into mourning. Savannah and her friends spend days on horseback searching for Peaches over miles of dense wilderness. Along with a few dead-end clues, they stumble upon Elsie, a most unusual elderly woman living under dangerously primitive conditions. Elsie harbors secrets—some of which may lead to the recovery of Savannah’s horse, but only after Rags puts his claws into the matter and Detective Craig Sledge gets involved. 

The Corral Cat Caper features a lot of horse energy. It’s rich in adventures of the feline as well as equine sort. In one scene, Rags attempt to save their sweet kitty, Buffy, from a catnapper and Savannah helplessly watches this drama unfold via a surveillance camera app on her phone.

This story is full of sweet and evil surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of action and adventure.

thriller with pets

Hide and Seek by Amy Shojai

A mysterious contagion will shatter countless lives unless a service dog and his trainer find a missing cat . . . in 24 hours. 

A STALKER hides in plain sight. A VICTIM faces her worst fear. AND A DOG seeks the missing--and finds hope. 

Eight years ago, animal behaviorist September Day escaped a sadistic captor who left her ashamed, terrified, and struggling with PTSD. She trusts no one—except her cat Macy and service dog Shadow. 

Shadow also struggles with trust. A German Shepherd autism service dog who rescued his child partner only to lose his boy forever, Shadow’s crippling fear of abandonment shakes his faith in humans. 

They are each others’ only chance to survive the stalker’s vicious payback but have only 24 hours to uncover the truth about Macy’s mysterious illness or pay the deadly consequences. When September learns to trust again, and a good-dog takes a chance on love, together they find hope in the midst of despair–and discover what family really means.

adventures in veterinary medicine

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself by Ingrid King

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former practice manager. The book provides insight into what makes veterinary medicine such a rewarding profession through a series of heartwarming stories.

karen anne golden books

The Cats that Stalked a Ghost by Karen Anne Golden

The Cats that Stalked a Ghost is a thrilling, action-packed read that will keep you guessing until the very end. While Katherine and Jake are tying the knot at her Victorian mansion, a teen ghost has other plans. How does a beautiful September wedding end in mistaken identity . . . and murder? What does an abandoned insane asylum have to do with a spirit that is haunting Katz? Ex-con Stevie Sanders and the Siamese play their own stalking games, but for different reasons. An arsonist is torching historic properties. Will the mansion be his next target? It’s up to Katz and her seven extraordinary felines to solve two mysteries: one hot, one cold. 

unleashed love

Unleashed Love by Jackie Marilla 

Glenda Weber is tired of roaming around her big empty house alone. Her volunteer work at the local animal shelter in Cedar Grove, Iowa is satisfying, but she’d give anything to have a companion and a few pets. Too bad her loyalty to her deceased husband prohibits bringing pets into the house and her insecurities about finding new love complicate matters. When Glenda meets Loman Cejka at the animal shelter and he invites her for supper two times in one week, she starts to gain confidence that she can build a relationship and maybe even fall in love. Glenda and Loman agree their grown children need to be comfortable with their relationship, so when all four children are home for the town’s 4th of July Celebration, Glenda and Loman make plans to introduce everyone. Loman is sure his grown kids will love Glenda. She’s friendly and smart and loves animals, including Bert, the family parrot. When his daughter hatches a plan to reunite her divorced parents, Loman has to make a difficult choice—alienate his daughter or give up on his relationship with Glenda.

animal shelter book

Love is Always Paws-able by Joanne Jaytanie

Second chances at life, love and a forever home don’t come every day.

Faith Daniels leaves a successful Silicon Valley career to follow her life’s dream: in Cedar Grove she builds a foster home for unwanted and abused dogs. She knows dogs have the ability to love even after being abandoned. Abandoned by her fiancé and friends, Faith wishes she could learn to love and trust again.

Tanner Keen leaves behind the stress of his multi-million dollar advertising firm to save his life. He needs peace and quiet. So when a friend asks him to help a small town animal shelter, the opportunity seems perfect.

But all is not peaceful at the shelter in Cedar Grove. Can Faith and Tanner discover the deceit in others and still find trust in each other?

Love’s always paws-able.

purr prints of the heart

Purr Prints of the Heart: a Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond by Deborah Barnes

Told by Mr. Jazz himself, an ordinary cat by his own admission, Purr Prints of the Heart is a touching meow-memoir that will strike a chord with anyone whose heart carries purr-prints of love as he shares the story of his life from kitten hood to his final days on earth in the physical sense. Cleverly written in cat likeness with incredible insight, candor, wisdom, and humor, Mr. Jazz takes readers on a heartfelt journey in book form to offer comfort to all who have had to deal with (or will have to deal with), the inevitable loss of a beloved pet. Replete with memorable moments that will have readers laughing, crying, and nodding in recognition,  Mr. Jazz, carries an astute conversation with readers, putting them in real-life situations they can easily relate to and empathize with - from his days as a kitten that nobody wanted, to finally being adopted into a loving human and multi-pet filled family that had its share of ups and downs, to his final months whereby his health was declining and he had to deal with things like frequent visits to the vet, being force-fed food, resentment issues, litter issues, and the finality of coming to terms with the fact he was dying and needing to convince his beloved humans to let him go. The ending is a welcoming upturn, a refreshing reminder of the celebration of life and the indelible purr prints cats leave on our hearts and includes an invaluable "Coping With Pet Loss" section to help readers on all levels - emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and even physically to empower themselves with ways to positively honor the journey of the pet lost as well as ways to find the strength to heal and mend a broken heart. 

it's just a dog kindle ebook

It's Just a Dog by Russ Ryan

What if your dog died and then came back as a ghost…that could talk? Would you welcome him back with open arms, or run away scared to death? 

This is the premise of It's Just a Dog, a new novel about love, pet loss, and one man’s dog who rises up yapping from the grave. 

Charlie Keefe is a world famous dog painter, a.k.a. “The Picasso of Pooch Portraits”. Unfortunately, Charlie’s beloved muse, Pete, his lovable Jack Russell terrier, has just died. And he’s totally devastated by the loss of his furry best friend. 

So, after months of grieving over his dearly departed soulmate, Charlie reluctantly agrees to foster a new puppy from Janelle Jordan, the local dog rescue babe. But then complications arise when the ghost of his old dog, Pete, mysteriously reappears one night and comes back to haunt him and the new puppy –– setting off a bizarre chain of events that throw Charlie’s life, career, and entire belief system into chaos!

christmas dog tails

Christmas Dog Tails by Jennifer Conner

Three Christmas stories of love and whoofs from best-selling author, Jennifer Conner.

Christmas at Central Bark: When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in? And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them?

Christmas Gift that Keeps Wagging: Julian Barrows has his hands full working full time and being a single dad to his kindergarten, special needs son, Gabe. Gabe’s teacher convinces Julian he doesn’t need to do everything on his own and introduces him to a seizure dog trainer, Hanna Acker. Hanna and her sister grew up without any ‘Christmas Cheer’. She’s trying to get her sister through college and doesn’t have time to let anyone too close, especially the handsome single dad with a kid. But, Christmas has a way of changing what we thought we wanted… especially when Santa and an adorable four-legged ‘elf’ are involved.

Dog Tags for Christmas: Willa Rayne’s spent her life doing what’s expected of her. Now she has a great job and a house of her own, but where’s the romance in her life? All of that changes when she bakes cookies for a soldier. Eben Yates has an important decision to make. Should he stay in the Army? He’s been on three deployments and he misses the States. When he finds a stray in a nearby village and discovers he can bring Hero back, the dog and Willa give him reasons to start a new life and come home. Eben and Willa’s Internet relationship deepens, will they find the family they both want for Christmas… plus a barking bonus? 

my old dog

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts by Laura Coffey

“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show website story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible Shih Tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.

Best books about pets giveaway

It's your lucky day because you can now win a package containing ALL of these books!

To enter, fill in the Rafflecopter below. You can pick as few or as many entries as you like. Of course, the more you enter, the more chances you'll have to win. Open worldwide.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I've got one here that is supposed the be the best dog book and that is not on your list.
    "De Hond" it is called in Dutch. Have forgotten the name of the author.

  2. Hi Vanessa - yours "Avalon" and "The Returns" by MK Clinton both call me .. and yes pets do rule don't they ... cheers Hilary

  3. Good luck everyone!! What a great giveaway!! So glad to be included! Thank you!

  4. What a great list of pet books--thanks for including a Klepto Cat Mystery.

  5. Whenever I have spare time #rarely and I feel like a good book, I can't imagine not reading about subjects that are near and dear to my heart - pets! Great review - thanks for sharing.

  6. It does not surprise me to see Avalon on that list!

  7. Vanessa, I love the covers with all the pet faces! Thanks for setting this up. It's so fun!

  8. What an incredible giveaway and wonderful opportunity for some lucky animal lover! I am both thrilled and honored to have my book, Purr Prints of the Heart, included among such talented authors. Good luck to everyone who enters!

  9. Thanks for including my dog-viewpoint thriller HIDE AND SEEK in the line up, along with such a fantastic group of authors/books!

  10. Sweet! My husband loves Dean Koontz and he usually includes a super smart dog or cat. There was even a lion in one of his books that we read together.

    Seriously though, 15%? That's insanity.

  11. Hi Vanessa,

    This is so great. Thank you for putting this together.

    Sharon Kleve

  12. Not entering because I have reviewed nearly every book on the list :) and I certainly don't need more right now! Can't get through the stack that I have yet to review!
    I WILL vouch for sooooooooooooooooo many of them being deserving on this list...and I can think of MANY more that should be included as well :)

  13. *saves this to fill my Kindle when I have money* Mwhahaha

  14. Nothing like a cat or dog image on a cover to capture reader interest!

  15. This is such a great group of authors and books! I'm thrilled to be a part of the contest. Good luck!

  16. Love books! Love pets! What an awesome combination contest!! Thank you - The anticipation alone has brightened my day and definitely gives me some wonderful new titles/authors to add to my 'reading wish list'. <3

  17. What a great animal lover and romantic-at-heart book pack giveaway! Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More at http://abooksandmore.blogspot.co.za/2015/09/fun-at-karoo-botanical-garden.html

  18. OMG. I think I'm gonna cried so hard on It's Just A Dog.

  19. books are always good in my household.. think means so much to read to little ones..

  20. What a great post. Have already read some of these, but gonna have to check out some more great reads.

  21. There's a cat named Oliver in my latest book. Does that count?

    Kidding. Great collection of books!

  22. This is a perfect post for animal lovers!

  23. Mahalo for organizing this giveaway. Great idea.

  24. WOW! what a great giveaway and what a great bunch of book! Cats make life and books better!

  25. Hello everyone. I publish under the name of Karen Anne Golden. I'm so honored that "The Cats that Stalked a Ghost" is on this list! Good luck! What a fun giveaway! Pets rule!

  26. Wow, what a great collection of books. Thanks for the review and list and the giveaway. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a great weekend!

  27. As an avid reader and pet lover, I'm very excited about this giveaway!

  28. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


  29. I've picked all the possible entries apart from twitter 'cause I haven't the account. Very nice Giveaway. Good Luck to all!

  30. Congratulations to all of the winners! Thank you, Vanessa, for putting this together!

  31. Dude, pets rock! My boys make me smile each day and they never let me down. Can't say the same for people.

  32. Cool post giving some interesting ideas on books For some more action and adventure books and more range of books online just visit Action and Adventure Books Online

  33. The information you have posted is very useful. The sites you have referred was good. Thanks for sharing..

  34. I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I assure this would be beneficial for most of the people. Pet Relocation Services in Sri Lanka

  35. Now people claim service animals for all kinds of disabilities. This is important since, lost pet alert

  36. Your website is really cool and this is a great inspiring article. 토토

  37. Well research and resourceful content indeed. Also visit here: Feeta.pk Houses for sale in G13 . Thank you for this useful material! It’s amazing!

  38. The puppies are almost invariably innocent looking, fun and happy, but there is a critical window between weening/ new owners getting their dog, and the 4 month time when they need to be with other dogs to learn appropriate social norms.dog bed wholesale

  39. Very nice information. Your blog is very helpful & very useful. Thanks for sharing this. I am Abid Khan. I provide best tour packages.Dog park

  40. There is always risk for the kids while touching the puppies that they do not bite them. You describe thoroughly to teach kids how to prevent dogs and puppies from biting. Thank you so much for your great post.dog music

  41. We head to the bedroom putting on a coat or changing into more appropriate clothing for the walk. During this time we may make more eye contact with our dog and talk to it which leads it to bounce around and often this makes us happy because our dog is happy and can't wait to go for a walk.Dog Cooling Mat

  42. Obviously, if your dog does not take pills, there is a tremendous advantage to this in light of the fact that the powder/fluid can be blended in dog sustenance.cane corso

  43. I need to to thank you for ones time for this particularly fantastic read !! I definitely really liked every part of it and i also have you saved to fav to look at new information in your site.Savannah Cat

  44. You made some good points there. I did a Google search about the topic and found most people will believe your blog.maine coon kittens for sale

  45. Hey,I am Sophia William dissertation help at The Student Helpline.I find your blog very interesting and informative. I'm definitely gonna share it with my friends. Keep sharing blogs like this.

  46. This blog having very useful information and also they offers best Web Designing Companies in Dubai at very affordable prices

  47. Hey, I am Sophia William, I work as an academic writer at The Student Helpline, I read your blog and find it very interesting and informative keep sharing blogs like this.
    Also Visit :- assignment help

  48. Dogs can often become protective of their owners and will show aggression in that situation, as well as being sexually aggressive.Faux fur dog bed uk

  49. Choosing it hard to have a Microsoft Office 2010 Free Download Full Version With Key ? Below is one area for the assistance. Escalating technological improvements

  50. Obviously, if your dog does not take pills, there is a tremendous advantage to this in light of the fact that the powder/fluid can be blended in dog sustenance.dog ownership guide

  51. It’s been a long time since Barrier Shop is selling barrier tools. It has become the most trusted supplier of Barriers in the UK. Our barriers are made from unique and best quality which makes them durable and tough.Dog Breeds Tips

  52. Inquire about the health, temperament, and background of the parent cats. Understanding the lineage and any potential genetic issues can give you insights into what to expect from the kittens. siberian cats

  53. Pet accessories designed for travel and mobility, such as carriers, strollers, and car seats, make it easier and safer to transport pets. These accessories provide a secure and comfortable space for pets while on the go, whether it's a trip to the veterinarian or a family vacation. They also help reduce stress and anxiety for pets who may be uncomfortable with travel. Pet accessories

  54. With a Dog food dispenser, you can set specific feeding times for your dog. This helps establish a consistent routine and prevents irregular meal times, which can be especially helpful for dogs with strict dietary needs or health conditions.