Kitty Language: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Your Cat

Ten Speed: Crown. Jun. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781984861986. $16. PETS
Author and illustrator Chin is known for her cat posters seen in veterinary clinics and rescue organizations. Her follow-up to Doggie Language is a short and straightforward book that uses charming illustrations of cat postures, behaviors, and movements to help readers decipher what their cat’s actions mean. The illustrations are annotated, and the cats depicted often have speech or thought bubbles to help clarify their thought processes to readers. Lots of bullet points are used to explain the behaviors, as opposed to full paragraphs, and the different sections—ears, scent, posture, sounds, and so forth—are short and use simple language. The information in the book comes from cat behavior consultants and scientists, so it is reputable and accurate.
VERDICT While the information in this book isn’t particularly new or groundbreaking, its straightforward language and expressive illustrations of many different cat species make it a helpful read for families with children who are getting their first pet cat or for new cat owners looking for an easy manual to help guide their understanding of their new feline family member.
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