Resources for Parents and Teachers

The Cat Fanciers’ Association feels it is important that youngsters learn from an early age how to respect their cats and understand the care a cat requires throughout its lifetime. Both parents and teachers can help children to grow up knowing how to care for cats, with respect, through various projects at home and in the classroom. We’ve provided a few links here to help you work with children to understand the impact that a cat, and the responsibility for that cat, will play in their lives. Incorporating cats into lesson plans and everyday activities in the home will help a child appreciate the wonderful qualities that a cat has to offer.

Sharing information about cats is important, but it is equally important that the information that is shared be correct. We highly recommend these books as excellent resources:

Cat Crafts
by Linda Hendry
Includes directions for making a photo album, a treat container, a picture frame, a switchplate cover, jewelry, a child’s accessory organizer, bookends, a lampshade, and more. Cat Crafts also has instructions for a catnip fish sewn from an old sock, a spider cat toy, and a doorknob cover.

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst
A book to help younger children (ages 4-8) cope with the loss of a pet. In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his dead cat.


Here’s a list of some of the most popular cat books for youngsters of all ages. Each is available through

Kitten’s First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes
Age: Baby-Preschool

Slinky Malinki
by Lynley Dodd, Mallinson Rendel
Age: Baby-Preschool

Little Spotted Cat
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Age: Baby-Preschool

That’s Not My Kitten: Its Ears Are Too Soft
by Fiona Watt
Age: Baby-Preschool

So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat?
by Karla Kuskin
Age: 4-8

Who Loves Me?
by Patricia MacLachlan
Age: 4-8

Three Samurai Cats: A Story from Japan
by Eric A. Kimmel
Age: 4-8

Gullah, The Nawleans Cat Meets Katrina 
by Nancy H. Murray
Age: 6-12

The Flying Flea, Callie and Me
by Bill Wallace, Carol Wallace
Age: 9-12

The Stranger Next Door
by Peg Kehret
Age: 9-12

Shape-Shifter, The Naming of Pangur Ban
by Fay Sampson
Age: 9-12

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
by T.S. Eliot
Age: Young Adult

Cats are a part of everyday life for many children. Pictures, images or photos of cats, as well as books with a cat as the main character, and even cat puppets can be easily incorporated into a wide variety of teaching aids and lesson plans. Here are links to some sample lesson plans to give you ideas:

Learn more about CFA’s new Youth Feline Education Program

Learning About Cats – includes history and anatomy of the cat (Purina)

4-H Cat Activity Page – 2 pages of activites (The University of Tennessee)

Discover the Uniqueness of Cats – 4-HCCS curriculum outline for youth and volunteers (courtesy of National 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System, Inc.). Individual unit and purchase information here.

Cats! Wild to Mild – An excellent site that traces the history and evolution of the wild and domestic cat. (Los Angeles Natural History Museum)

Cat Themes – Cat related book list, songs & fingerplays, arts & crafts, in the kitchen, games, and theme ideas. (Step by Step Themes)

Disaster Planning

Cat Activities for Kids – Ideas for arts & crafts; games, science and math; group time; and dramatic play. (The Activity Idea Place).

Cat Theme Crafts – preschool activities and crafts (First School)

Cat Crafts – cards and puppets (

Cat Activity Ideas – arts and crafts; games, math and science; group time; dramatic play. (The Activity Idea Place)

Cat Graphics – Free cat icons and graphics (Blue Cat’s Graphics)

Haiku – Cats make excellent topics for Haiku. (A Haiku lesson plan from EDSITEment)

How to Create a Mummy – Cats were often mummified by ancient Egyptians. (Mummy Tombs)

C.A.R.E. Pet Loss – How to deal with children and the loss of their pet. (College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

How to Create Flash Cards – Creating your own flash cards showing the different breeds of cats, or various stages of cat care, are a great way to enourage children to learn about cats. (Widgit Software)

Three Cats in a Row – Cat in the Hat Tic-Tac-Toe game board and cutout game pieces (

Cat’s Meow – explanation of why cats meow and purr (Science Netlinks)

Cat Drawing Lessons:

Cat Coloring Pages: