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Cats as Pets: Historical Literature

Print and Digitized Books

Morikuni Tachibana, artist. Domestic cat nursing kittens. 1720. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

The books listed in this guide—with a few exceptions—have been digitized and can be viewed online through various digital libraries: the Internet Archive, HathiTrust Digital Library and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. ​The citations for each book include links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress online catalog as well as links to full-text digital content.

Finding More Books on Cats

Library of Congress Subject Headings offer a controlled vocabulary that simplifies searching the Library of Congress Online Catalog—and many other library catalogs. Additional works in the Library of Congress on cats as pets may be identified by searching the online catalog under appropriate Library of Congress subject headings.

Choose the topics you wish to search from the following list of subjects to link directly to the catalog and automatically execute a search in the Library of Congress online catalog, which will allow you to browse related subject headings. In addition to books on cats in general, titles for many breeds can be found using the subject heading for a specific breed.