In Honor Of National Cat Day, 7 Books That Will Make You A Cat Person

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If Nate Silver is to be trusted, this year’s presidential election may be all but decided. But here at Glommable HQ a timeless debate rages on, one that most likely will never be resolved. We are, you see, split right down the middle when it comes to the most important battle there is: Team Dog vs. Team Cat.

(Related: The Seven Greatest Books Ever Written By Dog Authors)

We could spend hours debating the key issues on the table: do you prefer puppy snuggles or kitty cuddles? Would you rather spend your stolen moments reading “Corgi Beach Day” listicles on Buzzfeed, or YouTubing vintage Keyboard Cat vids? Do you think overly affectionate dogs are OMG adorable or just plain annoying? Are all cats truly jerks?

(Related: Download An Exclusive Page From The Upcoming Pusheen Coloring Book!)

Regardless of your stance on the matter, a good “National [Fill in the Blank] Day” can unite a house divided, so today, on National Cat Day, I’m putting myself squarely on Team Cat and giving you my seven favorite books for celebrating the wit, whimsy, and general cat-titude of the feline species.

i-could-pee-on-this1. I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems by Cats

“Who Is That on Your Lap?,” “Kneel Before Me,” and “Some of My Best Friends Are Dogs” are just a few of the hilariously existential original poems featured in this classic compilation of verse penned by cats. There’s a follow up book entitled “I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs,” but let’s get real—my dog doesn’t have the attention span required to chase down an errant crumb on the floor, let alone write a sonnet.

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2. Pusheen Coloring Book

Everyone’s favorite tubby tabby has finally hopped on the coloring book trend, and the results are adorably amazing. Packed with 96 pages of black and white Pusheens just waiting for you to bring them to life, this is the #1 book for any Pusheen lover on your holiday list this season, one sure to bring coloring bliss and donut eating fat cats into your life for years to come.

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grumpy-cat3. Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book

Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) took the internet by storm in Fall 2012, when images of the world’s most disgruntled feline went viral on Reddit; within a year, Grumpy Cat had official merch, a Facebook page with millions of likes, and of course, a book. Read this one for more grumpy pics, tutorials, and inspiration for a grumpy life well lived from a cat who’s seen it all (and hated every minute of it).

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4. Felines of New York

This homage to the cats of the Big Apple, inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York, is purr-fectly tongue in cheek reading whether you’re a fan of the original concept or not.  With page after page of NYC cats lounging, basking, and laying around while offering their jaded views on global warming, education, gentrification, and more, FoNY will appeal to any cat lover with a sense of humor about their pet.

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life-works-itself-out5. Life Works Itself Out

A runaway bestseller in Japan, this oh so cute but slightly off kilter tome of kitty pics and wisdom from the ages will leave you aww-ing and LOL-ing at the same time. Because where else are you going to find timeless quotes on life and love from scholars and philosophers ranging from Confucius to Mark Twain alongside LOLz worthy cat pics? (Oh, and there’s a Tumblr. You’re welcome.)

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dewey6. Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

It’s the set up for a Hallmark movie: an adorable but filthy kitten is abandoned in the book return slot at a struggling small town library. Named Dewey (after the decimal system, natch), this little cat becomes a symbol of hope for the whole community, and a mascot who brings national attention to a tiny iowa town and its hardworking residents. Break out the tissues for this heartwarming and charming read.

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downton-tabby-9781476765938_hr7. Downton Tabbey

The Cats meet Downton Abbey mashup you didn’t realize you needed in your life–especially relevant and essential reading as we wait for the Downton movie! Julian Fellows take note—just add 50% more cats to your movie to up your box office opening weekend by 50%. YOU’RE WELCOME.

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