Urban Tigers in the Media:

Urban Tigers Two:

Halifax Public Libraries Blog: The Reader

Herald Pet Connection by Pat Lee

Book review by Ingrid king at The Conscious Cat

Article at catvideos.com

Urban Tigers:

Halifax Public Library Blog: The Reader

Book review by Ingrid King at The Conscious Cat

Review by Dr Susan Little of The Cat Hospitals in Ottawa, Ontario

Review by Jane Jacobs - Queens Library Blog


Comments about Urban Tigers Two:

I was reading Urban Tigers Two on an Air Canada flight; the only problem was that the flight was too short! UT2 is a wonderfully written book that wraps you in a warm blanket of humor and touching stories. It is a welcome escape from all the craziness in the world around us. It is for anyone who loves great stroytelling.

Joeydpops (from iBooks Reviews)

What people are saying about Urban Tigers:

- Comments from prominent veterinarians:

We were thrilled to recently receive the following endorsement from celebrity veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker:

Cat-lovers rejoice! Kathy Chisholm's "Urban Tigers" earns its stripes
as the story of a modern-day James Herriott finding her way while
dealing with her beloved boss, fascinating clients and, always, the
fabulous felines that tie the tale together. --
Dr. Marty Becker,
"America's Veterinarian," author of "Your Cat: The Owner's Manual"

You may know Dr. Becker from seeing him on television shows such as Good Morning America, Dr. Oz and Anderson Cooper. In April 2012, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association named him the recipient of their annual WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award (also known as the Global Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year).


Urban Tigers is a delightful read. Kathy Chisholm entertains the reader with tales of the life of a young veterinarian’s first year working in a cat exclusive practice. Her charmingly evocative prose had me grinning at scenarios familiar to animal lovers, be they the people bringing their cats (or guinea pigs) in to the clinic or members of the healthcare team. A series of vignettes from the life of a junior female James Herriott, Emily McBride draws on the real-life experiences of the author and her feline vet husband, Hugh in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Emily’s wry humour and empathy will have you giggling and, at times, reaching for a Kleenex.

Margie Scherk, DVM, Dip ABVP (feline practice)
Editor Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Past president American Association of Feline Practitioners


I think Urban Tigers is quite delightful. I loved the adventures of Emily McB, and Dr. D...congratulations! - what a lovely addition to the veterinary canon.

Alice Crook, BSc, DVM
Coordinator, Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre
Atlantic Veterinary College


Love your book! Read it during my recent trip to Africa to see some big cats!...Kathy Chisholm's Urban Tigers is a must-read for all vets, vets-to-be & cat lovers...I guarantee you will love Urban Tigers!

Susan Little, DVM, Dip ABVP (feline practice)
Lecturer/researcher in feline medicine
Past President Winn Feline Foundation
Consultant for the Veterinary Information Network
Author of "The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management"


- Comments From Amazon Readers:

***** Urban Tigers--Tales of a Cat Vet tells the story of Dr. Emily McBride as she moves through her first year as a junior vet at Ocean View Cat Hospital. Urban Tigers is more than a book about cats, cat owners and vets. This is a remarkable novel about the power of the human spirit and how animals like cats wiggle and purr their way into out hearts. Dr. Emily McBride works alongside the charming Dr. Hughie Doucette and their interaction grabs the reader from the get-go. A wonderful collection of characters, both human and animal, drive the story. Some characters are pleasant, some exasperating, some very strange, but all are endearing. As Dr. McBride wends her way through the trials and tribulations of being a cat vet, we experience humour that is astute and clever. We are also touched by her understanding and empathy for her patients. I closed the book on these characters wanting much, much more.

Donna Grassby


***** I recommend Urban Tigers: Tales of a Cat Vet; I had a hard time putting it down. It is the delightful story of newly qualified veterinarian Dr. Emily McBride and her adventures at a feline veterinary hospital. The stories are wonderfully entertaining, they made me laugh out loud and, yes, even cry. This is a book for anyone, but I think if you have taken a pet to the veterinarian you will enjoy it on a whole different level!! I just finished it and already I look forward to (hopefully) reading more of Dr McBride's exploits.

This book is reminiscent of the much loved James Herriot stories, and absolutely rates 5 stars.

Joseph (from amazon.ca)
***** Urban Tigers, Tales of a Cat Vet is well written - funny at times, whimsical at others. I just wanted to keep reading to the end. The book is autobiographical in nature in that it deals with the author's love of cats and her service as a veterinarian to these four footed, furry, golden eyed felines and other critters. Each chapter is a new story about some aspect of the author's life with her feline acqauantices as the reader jumps from one interesting story to another with it all woven together to show the reader the great[er] meaning of life as Kathy Chisholm sees it.

Peter Fevens


*****I could start writing about the book, the entire story, and who it is about. However, previous reviews already covered those bases. Beautifully, I might add.
What I would like to say about this book is my opinion on how wonderful of a read it was. If you want a book that you can easily get into. Step into the story, and feel as tho you are there (albeit in a slightly fictional world, which is based off truth.) you will find it with this gem.
I can't tell you how many times I snorted out loud (I am one of those individuals who snort when they laugh hard!) and found myself enjoying every page of this book. I will never be a vet, but I volunteer and am the point-person for cats for my local humane society. I'm a cat lover by nature...anything to do with cats...be it tv show on AP or a book written about a cat...I enjoy.
You will enjoy this book regardless if you are a cat vet, humane society volunteer, or just a die-hard cat lover who loves to read books like I do. Do not pass this book up! You will miss out on something very special! And there is a second book in the works, and you can bet your cat's biscuits that I will be ordering it!

Josie Noecker

***** James Herriot meets Sue Grafton - This is a charming book that tells great stories about cats and the people who care for them - highly recommend!
Mello B. Snodgrass

- Comments From Facebook Followers:

I am almost finished reading your book. As a veterinarian, the business of the day often swallows the everyday bits of magic that speckles one's life. Thanks for bringing me back the magic. The character development of the clients who come to the Oceanview Cat Hospital have re-opened my eyes to the wonderful people who come to see the vet with their furry toy of joy. Thank You ... looking forward to the next book.

Gwen Mowbray-Cashen, DVM, Owner - Truro Veterinary Hospital, Truro, NS


Hi Kathy! Just wanted to say I read your book front to back while lounging around on Sunday. I enjoyed it very much and only too 2 breaks before finishing. It was fabulous! I am so impressed! I hope you are doing volume II and III and...congratulations!

Rowena Davis


I loved this book. The only difficulty I'm having is waiting for the next one. I will be buying copies for Christmas gifts for my cat loving friends... I bought it for my Kindle and have read it twice.

Heather Lenz


Loving the new book. The chapters are just the right length for us "non readers". Magazine articles are all my time permits usually. Thought I would pass on my approval to you...i love the chapter on the "missing Balls". I remember one time I was at the vet with my mother and her Hymalayan cat named Tuffy. She was planning on breeding tuffy but he only had one testicle the vet told her that day. I had to pipe up and say to the vet.."just like Tuffy's human brother jeff" (my brother) I thought the vet was going to pass out from laughing. LOL Just had to pass that funny story on for some reason. nice to meet you at the SPCA conference. I may have to buy another book or 2 for christmas gifts....love it!

Debbie Saltzman


Reading it now on my Kindle. A wonderfully enjoyable read! I adored the "All Creatures" books and this reminds me of those in a good way although the stories have a charm all their own. And that they are mostly about cats is icing on the cake :) Thank you.

Diane Schmidt


I have read over 1/2 the book, can't seem to put it down. This is a great read and I can't wait for volume 2!

I just this minute finished Chapter 16. I know when I'm reading a great book... I don't want it to end....and I don't want this one to end. :-)

Cathy Atkinson Morash


"Just finished the book. I am not a big reader but enjoyed the book very much. I look forward to the next one.

Brian Robar


Can't wait to read it!!! Joe said it is a page turner, and that he has laughed out loud!!

Pierre Filiatreault

- Comments Via email:

I am so excited to be able to add this book to my little man's library.  He is a HUGE cat lover and I hope he remains one for life.  When he was just about 5 months old, I stopped into a local pet store to show him the animals (we were at the toy store right beside the shop).  He fell in love with an orange kitten and she fell in love with him.  Needless to say that despite my stance against animals being sold in pet stores, I brought her home.  That was nearly 4 years ago and they have been inseparable ever since.  She is the most tolerant, sweet animal I have ever seen.  I have attached a photo of them that was taken shortly after she came into the family.

Stacey Herrie

 Baby and cat

Rowan and Peyton Herrie from Leduc, Alberta Canada


 cat with book

Todd the cat loves the book so much he was willing to pose beside it. Thanks Todd!


Hi Kathy, I just wanted to tell you how much I loved your book, Urban Tigers. I finished it in two days--I just couldn't put it down. I laughed, I cried, and I reminisced about good times with cats I've loved, and my current cats, Reggie and Eddie. I had a special bond with my cat, Max. I had him for 13 years, and loved him more than anyone will ever know. Sadly, he died on March 6, 2011, and I still miss him everyday. It was like losing a best friend, a family member. My two other cats have helped me to move on. Not forget, just move on. My husband and I laugh at their antics, and can only hope they know how happy they make us. It breaks my heart to hear of an animal, any animal, being mistreated, and I too appreciate all of the groups and individuals out there who are working tirelessly to help these poor, innocent beings.

Amanda Wilt-Rain, B.A., B.Ed.


I took your book with me to Florida and loved it!
People were asking me in the airport and on the plane what I was reading
because I kept chuckling...lol

Trena Empringham


I read the book a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed it. It was hard to put down once I started it.

Ronalda Chisholm

Really enjoyed the opening chapter...you outdid yourself! We're looking forward to finding the book and adding it to our collection. We have been "cat people" for more years than we want to admit to and think even our present kitty, "Yoda" would enjoy your book. Thank you for your service to felines!

Dave & Leann Rhode


I finished reading Urban Tigers and thought that I would let you know how much I enjoyed it. I especially liked the cow story. The book took me back through some memories of my own of feline friends past. I wish you success both with this book and in the future.

Judy Hollett


I just finished the book, and I have to say how very much I enjoyed it. Thank you for giving us such a privileged look into the inner workings of a place like Ocean View/ACH. Could hardly put it down! It definitely brought back memories, happy and sad (much more of the former). You are a wonderful writer, and I hope more books about Em and her clients will be forthcoming!

Julia Holland


Just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying Urban Tigers. It's a fabulous read! I can't remember the last time that I laughed out loud so much from a book. That image of Theodora with the guinea pigs in the back seat of the Mercedes is priceless...Kathy's stories brought back many wonderful memories of dearly departed "pets of the past". I was reminded of their unique characteristics from licking ice cream cones to rocking in the porch swing. I found myself recognizing many of the treatments and medications mentioned in the book. I also found myself reliving the agony of having to make that horrific decision to end a beloved pet's life. But, the happy times greatly overshadow the sad and so it is with Urban Tigers. I cant wait for volume two!

Bob Bauer


Kathy, I just finished reading your book yesterday. I loved it!! I couldn't put it down. I had to have Reuben pry it out of my hands so I could go teach my students! I think I'm going to read it again. That's how much I enjoyed it. I will definitely tell others about your book, especially cat lovers!!

Sachiko Akikawa


I've just finished reading the book, after learning of it through Ingrid King's review in Conscious Cat. I'm sooo glad I found it (and bought copies for two friends as Christmas gifts)! You are a gifted writer, Kathy, and I thoroughly enjoyed your stories; you had me laughing - and crying. I have two elderly cats: Mozart is sixteen, and Annabelle is eighteen, and most of the book was read with one (or both) of them in my lap or curled by my side...Bravo on a job well done, and I am anxiously awaiting Urban [Tigers] Two!

Bobbi Hahn

- More:

I was very, very impressed with this book. The story is fabulous, the writing is superb, and the fact that it's based in Halifax made it all that more real. I can't wait for the next book by this author. Her writing talent is right up there with the best of the best.

RedRiverRez - from the Halifax Public Libraries website


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