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About the Author

Kathy Chisholm is an award-winning author for her novel Urban Tigers, Tales of a Cat Vet and short story Seen But Not Heard. In 1987, she and her husband, veterinarian Hugh Chisholm, established the Atlantic Cat Hospital, one of the first feline-only practices in Canada. They live in Nova Scotia with five cats, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and a fluctuating number of fish. Urban Tigers Two is now available as well. Visit her at www.kathychisholm.ca
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Ailurophile Publishing (April 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986830100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986830105
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ingrid King on December 20, 2011
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I first heard about Urban Tigers: Tales of a Cat Vet when a friend forwarded me an e-mail about the book. She had received her e-mail from a cat vet friend, and it included endorsements by two of the premiere feline veterinarians in North America, Dr. Susan Little and Dr. Margie Scherk. Dr. Little called it a "must-read for all vets, vets-to-be & cat lovers". Dr. Scherk called it "a delightful read." I had to know more. When my copy arrived, I could hardly wait to get started.

I wasn't disappointed. Urban Tigers is the story of Dr. Emily McBride's first year at the Ocean View Cat Hospital in Nova Scotia, Canada. Under the guidance of the flamboyant Dr. Hughie Doucette, Emily encounters a wide variety of cat loving clients, ranging from the retired history professor whose cherished felines only drink bottled water to the self-proclaimed cat psychic whose cat has a lot to say about just how he'd like things to be. At first, Emily is treated as the "new kid on the block" by Dr. Doucette's clients, but she quickly earns the trust and respect of the colorful and entertaining residents of the small town the clinic is located in.

Drawn from her own experiences in a feline practice, Chisholm's Urban Tigers brought back some fond memories of my years spent working in veterinary clinics. I worked at a small town clinic for eight years, and while our clients may not have been quite as eccentric as some of Emily's, it was close.

I laughed, I shed a few tears, and I couldn't stop reading. My absolute favorite story in the book is the final one, about a barn cat rescued by one of Emily's handsome male clients. I don't want to spoil the story, but let's just say it turned into a case of "who rescued who" in the end.

Urban Tigers is a novel, but it reads like a memoir.
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Really enjoyable anecdotes from a cat-only vet practice (although there are a few surprise guests thrown in). Mostly light, although some somber moments... this book follows the adventures of Dr Emily, Dr 'Do-Do' and their team of faithful staff as they see their patients (and quirky owners) through the highs and lows of feline life. 'Urban Tigers' also contains a lot of incidental information that will help cat guardians care for their furry charges. I definitely plan to read the sequel!
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Loved this book and its sequel. Truly, both books were ones that I was disappointed that they ended because I enjoyed them so much. I recommended them to my veterinarian when I was in his office Friday, because he's a small animal vet and I think he'd get a kick out of them.
I want a third book, where Dr Emily McBride marries Benny and has kids along with great feline only vet practice stories :)
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"Urban Tigers" by Kathy Chisholm is the perfect book for all cat lovers and vet wannabes. I would consider it a book of short stories rather than a novel. It deals with the experiences of a cats' only vet in Canada, and since Ms. Chisholm and her husband started one of the first feline only clinics in Canada, she certainly knows where of she speaks. Her stories show that she has an abundance of knowledge about cats and their humans. Most of Ms. Chisholm's stories are laugh out loud funny, but you will need to keep tissues handy for others. This is a terrific book that I couldn't put down.
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A great little book about a vet starting out and finding her way with a feline practice and the issues of stray and feral cats. A real person, from Nova Scotia who founded the Tuxedo Party to advocate for protections for stray and feral cats in Nova Scotia. Tuxedo Stan, the original candidate for the Party passed away this year and his brother Earl Grey has taken up the cause of cats.
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One of my book (and cat) loving friends recommended this and I ordered both books at the same time and read them as fast as I could......Big mistake, now I have to wait for the next one. Don't miss out on this author, her books are a real treat.
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For anyone who loves kitties. Well written, interesting characters and fascinating felines of course. I'm so glad a second book has come out. I ordered the second book right away and look forward to spending more hours at this feline only clinic - only wish there were such a clinic where I live. My dear little felines have to tolerate dogs....
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O my goodness what a fun book! I have read a quite a few books by vets, with mor attempted and often succeeded, but this is the best. The writer infuses clever analogies, thoughts and stories on every page. It is a rich read by an entertaining writer that will have pet lovers laughing out loud and really being sympathetic to the vets and patients. glad there is a second one too!
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