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Today, we’ve rounded up our 8 favorite books for both dog and cat owners — from a coffee table book guests will love flipping through – to the ultimate guide on owning a cat, there’s something for everyone.

Dogs

Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. This might not be the most exciting read, and we’d be crazy to tell you to read it cover to cover, but it’s a great resource to have around – especially in those moments when your dog has eaten something from the kitchen, or can’t stop biting his tail, or has a weird bump on his ear. It doesn’t replace a veterinarian visit, but it’s a great place to start for those unpredictable moments (plus, it’s less frightening than looking up a symptom on Google!).

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. This bestselling book takes everything that you think you know about your furry pooch and knocks it on its head. If you ever wonder what your dog is thinking, or how he knows you’ve picked up dog treats even though they’re in a sealed bag, this is your book. Just warn your family members: you won’t be able to stop talking about it. This interview with the writer is fascinating.

Underwater Dogs. While not necessarily an informative book, this coffee table read is a must have for any dog lover. With a perfect 5 star rating on Amazon, it’ll bring a little bit of joy into your life every time you pick it up. Bonus: it makes a great gift, too.

How Dogs Love Us.” A great read for anyone fascinated by the unconditional love shared between owner and pet, this book delves deep into the relationships shared between humans and dogs. Without giving too much away, this Ted Talk is a great introduction by the author.

Cats

Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. The feline’s version of the veterinary handbook listed above, and just as useful.

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat. Even the most devoted cat lovers can learn from this book, which covers all of cat parent’s “most pressing concerns.” And even though it’s packed with useful information and tips, author Pam Johnson-Bennett keeps it light, funny, and entertaining – you’ll be sad when you reach the last chapter.

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats. Because we couldn’t include a coffee table book for dogs and not cats – this one is jam packed full of illustrations, photographs, articles, poems, cartoons, and more.

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet. As described by the Guardian: “Bradshaw’s book mixes pellets of cat lore with accounts of feline evolution, anatomy, genetics, and development from newborn kittens to adulthood, plus descriptions of cat-psychology experiments in the laboratory, many of which he has conducted himself…”

Read anything good recently about our four-legged friends? Please share in the comments!