Many of our library staff members are dog moms or cat dads. Some have both! There are often discussions about all the weird/frustrating/goofy shenanigans that our pets get up to, often involving articles of clothing or furniture. Luckily, the library has a great collection of books that can help decipher the language of our pets, how to properly care for them, and interesting facts about our fur babies. Here are some great options if you would also like to understand why your pet ate your new cashmere sweater!
By Marc Bekoff
For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviors you see at a dog park: We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails, but what about when they sniff and roll on a stinky spot?
What Cats Want
by Dr. Yuki Hattori
Dr. Yuki Hattori is Japan’s leading cat doctor, and to him cats are the most beautiful animals in the world. His advice comes with little illustrations showing exactly what to look for as a cat owner, including charts showing how to interpret their different meows, the direction of their whiskers and the way their tail is pointing!
Do Dogs Dream? Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know
By Stanley Coren
Do dogs dream? Can they recognize themselves in the mirror or understand what they’re seeing on television? Are they more intelligent than cats? People have a great curiosity, and many misunderstandings, about how dogs think, act, and perceive the world. They also wonder about the social and emotional lives of dogs.
Decoding Your Cat
By Megan E. Herron
Decoding Your Cat is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to decode your cat. This is the first book of its kind to provide an in-depth understanding of the underlying reasons for a cat’s problem behavior, the essential key to unlocking the best for your cat. Armed with the newest science on cat behavior, effective, veterinary-approved methods…
How Stella Learned to Talk
By Christina Hunger
When speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger first came home with her puppy, Stella, it didn’t take long for her to start drawing connections between her job and her new pet. During the day, she worked with toddlers with significant delays in language development and used Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices to help them communicate.