50 great TV shows, films and books for cat and dog lovers

Stuck indoors? Snuggle up with your pet and enjoy one of these animal-related books, TV shows or movies!

Many of us are dog and cat lovers – but let’s face it, some of us are just obsessed. We want all-cat-and-dog, all the time! From jammies to t-shirts and mugs, we want to be surrounded by our canine and feline friends and all the pet-friendly swag. We even gravitate toward cats and dogs when it comes to entertainment. Luckily, some of the best movies and books have been written about our furry friends. Whether you’re looking for a documentary, a classic film, something a little more up-to-date, or even a book, here are some titles to keep your boredom at bay and fuel your obsession.

Movies and documentaries

Curl up with a bowl of popcorn and a cozy blanket – these movies and documentaries are sure to expand your knowledge, and your heart.

Homeward Bound – A bulldog, a golden retriever, and a cat work together to find their way home.

Eat. Play. Love. – A Hallmark movie love-triangle between a veterinarian and the owner of an animal shelter.

The Curse of the African Hunting Dog – This is a great documentary to learn about the plight of dogs in other countries. Far from spoiled lap dogs with subscription boxes being delivered to their doorsteps, these breeds have to fight for their very existence.

Because of Winn Dixie – This light-hearted tale is sure to crack a few smiles.

Marley and Me – A heart-wrenching tale following the life of a Labrador pup.

A Dog’s PurposeMoving through his own reincarnation, this dog gets existential.

A Dog’s Way Home – A tumultuous journey of a dog’s attempt to get back to her owner.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale – Who says a dog can’t be your hero?

The Lion in Your Living RoomA documentary all about your domesticated feline friends!

The Cat Rescuers – There’s a lot of good to be done in the world, especially when it comes to helping homeless animals. This heartfelt documentary follows a team of New York volunteers as they work to address the growing epidemic of cat homelessness.

The Parent Trap (1988 Remake) – Identical twins switching places might fool most… but a dog always knows!

Hotel for Dogs – A group of youngsters opens up a doggy hotel.

Beethoven – A massive St. Bernard takes charge of the home he grows into.

Kedi – Add Turkey to your passport, as this documentary takes you to Istanbul to show you the unity between cats and people sharing space.

Top Cats “Cats” is a very loose term. When it comes to felines, they can range anywhere from jungle-dwelling Pumas to the sweet tabby kitten in your lap. This fun special brings the two together, helping you make the connection between mighty predator and your fluffy friend.

The Secret Life of Pets – What do you get when you mix a rowdy hound and a clowder of alley cats? Cute animation and a slew of witty jokes.

Martha Speaks – Thanks to some alphabet soup, the family dog learns to speak!

Clifford the Big Red Dog – The adventures of Emily Elizabeth and her big (read: massive) red dog.

Eight Below – A “cool” look into the lives of sled dogs in Antarctica.

Dog Park – Classic move: using your dog to pick up chicks.

Red Dog – One Aussie brings a whole community together.

Ghost Cat – Looking to shift gears into something a little spookier? Prepare to be haunted by The Cat That Came Back.

Classic movies

Feeling nostalgic? Kick back with a classic!

Lady and the Tramp – Two worlds collide when a pampered pup meets a rugged tramp. Looking for a cat fix? You’ll find that too, in the form of two naughty Siamese.

Old Yeller – An unlikely bond between a farm boy and a stray.

The Aristocats – A Parisian romance with fantastic music and 100% family-friendly content.

Lassie – Did you really think we’d compile a list of classic dog movies and not include the mother of all classics?

Alice in Wonderland – Yes, Alice… we, too, would like to know why this mischievous Cheshire cat grins “like that”.

Bell, Book, and Candle – It’s the 50s in New York City! Kim Novak plays a witch who risks it all for love. And of course, what is a witch without her trusty cat?

101 Dalmatians – Dozens of dogs weave together to avoid a cruel fate.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – “We belong to nobody!” said every cat, ever. Audrey Hepburn’s real soulmate here might just be a poor feline without a name.

Where the Red Fern Grows – You’re going to cry. And then you’re going to cry some more. But at the end of this classic, you won’t be able to deny that this is still one of the best feel-good classics of all time.

The Fox and the Hound – A cute and fuzzy story of a friendship between a cub and a pup.

Television series

Not enough time for a feature flick? These TV shows are a great option to give you your furball fix in a little less time.

Land of the Giants – In the pilot episode of this spacey homage to the 80s, a crew’s ship crashes and winds up in a dimension where everything is 12-times larger than normal. No matter how deep your love for cats runs… you can’t deny that a larger-than life feline from a far and distant universe would be utterly terrifying.

My Cat from Hell – An eccentric cat behaviorist aims to iron out the wrinkles left in the homes of unruly household cats.

Cesar Milan – With over two and a half decades of dog-training experience, you’re sure to learn a thing or two from his shows, which include The Dog Whisperer and Cesar 911.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch – Let’s be real, here… Salem and his sass are the true stars of the show.

Pitbulls and Parolees – Paroled felons and abandoned or abused dogs work hand-in-hand to help rehabilitate each other.

It’s Me or The Dog – A British dog-training delight focused on the importance of positive reinforcement.

Peg + Cat – If your home has preschoolers, Peg and her cat are here to make math and problem solving a good time.

Beverly Hillbillies – Ah, Duke. One of televisions’ most recognizable hounds!

Inspector Gadget – Brain is just as smart as his human companions, and possibly the world’s best secret-keeper.

Books

Want to curl up with your furry friend in peace and quiet? Grab a blanket, a comfy seat, and entertain yourself the old-fashioned way.

Julie of the Wolves – This award-winning work of art follows the life of a young Inuk girl.

Through a Dog’s Eyes – A unique look into how we can better our relationships with dogs.

The Art of Racing in the Rain – Competitive racing from the dog’s point of view.

Once you’ve finished this book list, consider reliving some of your favorite movies in an alternate fashion. Many of the movies listed above are based on books – whether you start with the film or the novel, you’re sure to gain a different perspective by looking at things in both formats! Here is a list of the movies above that are based on books by the same name:

  • A Dog’s Purpose
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Because of Winn Dixie
  • A Dog’s Way Home
  • Hotel for Dogs
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians

In this day and age, it can feel good to log off of social media and kick back to enjoy a good book, movie or TV show – in the company of your furry friend, of course. Enjoy this list and all it has to offer!