10 Best Books to Cope with the Loss of a Pet

Losing a pet is heartbreaking but comfort can be found between the pages of a book. Through glorious artwork and beautiful prose, the following 10 books can help people of all ages cope with the loss of a pet.

Animals on the Other Side by Silvia Browne & Chris Dufresne

Animals on the Other Side

Animals on the Other Side, written by Silvia Browne and Chris Dufresne, talks about the life of animals on the Other Side. The book is almost like two in one with the story of Browne’s beloved West Highland Terrier, Jolie, romping through the fields, along with a description of how all animals live on the Other Side. Learn how animals in spirit visit us after they have passed, how they spend their time on the Other Side and how they will be the first to greet us when our time comes to cross over. The soothing, soft pastel illustrations by Jo McElwee are a beautiful compliment to the story.

Book: The Rainbow Bridge, A Visit to Pet Paradise by Adrian Raeside

The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise

Written by Adrian Raeside, The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise is about a boy’s trip to the Rainbow Bridge to visit his dog. It’s a place where “you never run out of bones,” the catnip is plentiful, toys are everywhere, everyone is allowed on the couch and love is eternal. Knowing his old dog is safe and happy the boy is able to move forward and love another dog that really needs a home.

Book: The Rainbow Bridge by Steve Bodofsky

The Rainbow Bridge

With amazingly beautiful illustrations, The Rainbow Bridge by Steve Bodofsky takes the reader on journey into the afterlife of animals where there is no sadness or suffering. Animals have healthy bodies again and there are fields where they can run and play. Finally, they are reunited with their humans for all eternity.

Book: Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

Cat Heaven

Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant has bold and colorful illustrations. It describes heaven as a place where angels love and care for the kitties. There are toys to play with and gardens to roam, and a big bed to nap in when playtime is done.

Book: Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

Dog Heaven

Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant is a place where dogs can run and run. When they’re tired from running, angels provide snacks and God makes soft cloud beds for them to nap. The illustrations are big and colorful and make readers feel good just looking at them.

Book: The Amazing Afterlife of Animals by Karen Anderson

The Amazing Afterlife of Animals

The Amazing Afterlife of Animals describes author Karen Anderson’s gift of communicating with animals. She offers an in-depth explanation of how this works and provides samples throughout the book of actual clients and and interactions with their animals. The book has won 16 national and international awards and is a number one best seller on Amazon.

Book: For Every Cat an Angel by Christine Davis

For Every Cat an Angel

For Every Cat an Angel is a sweet little book written and illustrated by Christine Davis. In it each kitty that is born is given a guardian angel, who cares for them while they grown and eventually helps them find their person and a forever home. The person and kitty have a lifetime of friendship. Even when the cat crosses over the angel helps him stay connected to his person until its time for the person to cross over as well.

Book: For Every Dog an Angel by Christine Davis

For Every Dog an Angel

For Every Dog an Angel by Christine Davis describes the unconditional love of each dog sent to earth. When they find their forever person it’s like magic. After a lifetime of experiences together the dog will move on to the other side but the bond with their person will never be broken. Beautiful illustrations carry the reader through this story.

Book: Pet Heaven by Pamela Wessinger

Pet Heaven

Pet Heaven by Pamela Wessinger has a simple story that imagines animals learning new tricks, playing video games and chasing kites. For me the feel good part of the book is the illustrations which are sweet and funny depictions of animals having a wonderful time doing various fantastical activities in heaven.

Book: The Invisible Leash by Patrice Karst

The Invisible Leash

The Invisible Leash by Patrice Karst is a precious story of a boy who loses his his dog, Jojo. He is hurting and angry but his friend, Emily, explains how an invisible leash will always connect his heart to Jojo. The book is sweet and touching and it provides a realistic view of how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet.

10 Favorite Cat Products

This is a list of my 10 favorite cat products from toys to treats and litter to music. You’ll find some great things for your furry friends here.

Pet Tunes music for cats is one of my 10 favorite cat products.
  1. Pet Tunes by Pet Accoustics: This is a sturdy metal speaker with pre-loaded music specifically chosen to soothe and calm cats. The company also makes varieties for dogs, birds and horses.
  2. Petstages Purr Cuddle Pillow: This is a super soft toy that makes a purring noise when touched to comfort cats. It’s also a great toy for cats who love to hug and bunny-kick toys.
  3. Yeowww! Catnip Yellow Banana Toy: My cats love, love, love this toy. When it arrives in the mail, my three kitties are on it and trying to rip open the package. The banana shape is perfect for them to hold. The catnip is organic and the fabric is a cotton twill that is colored with soy- and/or vegetable-based dyes that are natural and non-toxic. It is made in the USA.
  4. Petsafe Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain: Cats love running water, so fountains are great for encouraging them to drink more. Healthy drinking helps prevent urinary and kidney diseases. This fountain has a carbon filter that keeps water fresh. It’s easy to clean and the pump can be taken apart to ensure all parts stay sanitary. All parts except the pump and cord are dishwasher safe. Made in the USA.
  5. GoCat Da Bird Toy: This is my cats’ favorite toy. The wand toy has a feather attached with a swivel clip so it spins and sounds like a bird’s wings flapping. Made in the USA.
  6. Bergan Turbo Scratcher: Another popular toy with my cats is the Turbo Scratcher. This toy has a ball on a track for cats to chase and a scratcher in the center. Along with using it for playtime, my cats lay on it like a bed. Made in the USA.
  7. Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract Litter: This is an awesome litter for any cat having issues going potty in a litter box. Cat Attractr has herbs in it that cats love. We’ve tested this product in our cat boarding facility by putting it in one of six cat boxes. Every boarding cat used the one with the Cat Attract litter. It also helped my own cat after a urinary tract infection get back to using her box. Made in the USA.
  8. Purrfect Arch Self Grooming & Massaging Cat Toy: Made by Allstar Innovations, the Purrfect Arch gives cats a place to scratch and groom themselves. It helps with shedding and limits hairballs.
  9. Durascoop Jumbo Cat Litter Scoop: Cleaning a litter box is not the best part of having kitty family members; however, this scoop can make the process a lot easier. The metal scoop is strong and large, making the process quicker and cleaner. Unlike flimsy plastic scoops, this one will last a long time.
  10. Catit Cat Litter Pan with Rim: I’m not sure why, but this is the cat box that my cats prefer. When given a choice between this box and another, they always choose this one. It’s easy to scoop with is rounded bottom and the rim helps keep in the litter in the box.

I hope your cats find my 10 favorite cat products to be as useful and fun as my cats do.