'Pride', while a great story on its own, is really an introduction to the glorious Chanur series (for all the titles, see below).
The Hani are a feline alien species, living in an area known as Compact Space - not because it is small, but because it is governed by a seven-way multispecies agreement known as 'The Compact'. Hani are also the junior race among the seven very different species. Then they acquire a fugitive human stowaway, and the trouble starts....
This is great space opera, but it is so much more as well. The depth of the characters, the alien races, the relationships, the impact of actions and events, all make for excellent literature, which happens to be SF!
An absolute must-have: if any of my set went missing, I would do anything, including steal, to replace it.
The whole series consists of:
The Pride of Chanur
The Kif Strike Back