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Cats as Pets: Historical Literature

Databases and Journals

The cat - Felis domesticus. L. Prang, 1872. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

Databases can be useful for finding historical writing on cats as pets in publications beyond books. In addition to cat-specific journals and general-interest magazines, newspapers can also be a good resource for this research. Some suggested databases for locating historical material on cats are listed below.

The periodicals listed here are from Library of Congress collections. ​The citation for each book includes links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress online catalog as well as links to full-text digital content if it is available. These publications date, for the most part, from the early years of the 20th century. They include an assortment of registers and stud books from major cat associations, such as the National Cat Club of America as well as journals such as The Cattarian.

Subscription Databases

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Journals on Cats

​The periodical titles listed below link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.