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Between these covers, teller and tales finally meet in a warm and joyful new collection that will bring delight to the hearts of readers the world over: James Herriot's Cat Stories. Here are Buster, the kitten who arrived on Christmas; Alfred, the cat at the sweet shop; little Emily, who lived with the gentleman tramp; and Olly and Ginny, the kittens who charmed readers wh

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Hardcover, 161 pages
Published March 28th 2002 by MJF Books (first published 1994)
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Leila
A delightful book for cat lovers and animal lovers in general. An easy read to pick up when we have a few minutes to relax and enjoy the read. I loved it but I am one of the very many fans of James Herriot.
Skye
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the heartwarming short stories that focused on felines throughout Herriot's vetinary career. The illustrations are lovely-ensuring this book will always remain on my bookshelf. ...more
Jean
This book is a collection of some of Herriot’s cat stories. The book is well written and is a delight to read. I enjoy Herriot’s books in the audiobook format so I can thoroughly enjoy the various accents. Anyone who enjoys animal stores will love this book. It is acceptable for all ages. I find the Herriot books most relaxing and I feel good after reading them. This book was originally published in 1994.

James Herriot (1916-1995) is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, a veterinarian. Wight wrote
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Rebecca
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I was a child my mother and I loved Herriot’s memoirs of life as a primarily large-animal veterinarian in Yorkshire. One story from this volume – the final, Christmas-themed one – is familiar from a picture book we brought out around the holidays. The rest are all drawn from the memoirs, though, so the fact that I don’t remember them must be a function of time; it could be as many as 22 years since I last picked up a Herriot book! In any case, these are charming tales about gentle medical m ...more
John
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a heart.
Recommended to John by: My cat-loving wife.
My wife loves cats and she had this book in the car as we were driving back to our home in Eagle Mountain after a visit to the warmer climate of St. George. She sometimes reads to me as we ride along and she picked James Herriot's Cat Stories on this trip. I'm a cat tolerater, but hearing the delightful stories in this book almost converted me to cat lover. Herriot has a charming way of relating his stories and his love for animals shines through, whether he's writing about cats, as in this book ...more
Alice
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Always have been, and always will be, a fiercely convinced dog-person; nonetheless in my childhood my mother would read Herriot's cat stories to me as bedtime tales and my enjoyment was undeniable.
I remember being engrossed with the kitty adventures and clinging to my blankets anxiously awaiting a happy ending for all Herriot's patients. I enjoyed all the sweet water color illustrations I'd stare at while my mum would carefully narrate stories of variably ill cats, possibly feeling tenderness an
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Noelle
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful and very comforting stories about the cats that James Herriot encountered on his many years of veterinary rounds in the Yorkshire dales.
Alicia Hutchinson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
We’ve never read James Herriot before but is he ever delightful!
Sharon Huether
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cat-story, biography
A series of stories involving cats in James Herriot's neighborhood. ALFRED a cat that liked to watch his master in his sweet shop as he waited on customers. OSCAR was saved from near death by Dr. Herriot. His family came looking for him and were elated. He was a social cat, attending gatherings all over town. BUSTER who loved to retrieve a ball. The author had a great love for all cats and wanted most of all to see them healthy and well cared for. The book was illustrated beautifully. ...more
Chris Gordon
As a longtime cat owner, James Herriot's Cat Stories was a pleasant read, reminding me why I love my cats so much. I recently lost one of my pet cats to old age, and reading this book really helped me cope with his passing. Through other cats' stories, I was able to relish in those shared with my own cat Fluffy in order to keep his memory alive and well in my heart.

James Herriot offers up snapshots of a select few cats whom he has encountered in his line of work. Some of these snapshots encompa
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Jessi
This is a short, sweet comfort read that all cat lovers will probably enjoy. A few moments of old-fashioned, condescending attitudes toward women are the only notable blemishes in this otherwise perfectly charming collection that captures cats' attitudes and our relationships with them with humor, poignancy and accuracy.
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Rahmadiyanti
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational, cats
I want more, more stories! It's not enough to read only 11 stories in this book. And it's not fair, Dog Stories has many stories than this one :D. Oh, I love James Herriot. He's not only a dedicated vet, he's a great story teller.

I love his statement in the introduction of this book: Aku sering berpikir tentang banyaknya hal ganjil yang orang-orang pikirkan tentang kucing. Kucing adalah makhluk egois yang menggunakan kasih sayangnya hanya untuk keadaan yang menguntungkan, mereka tidak mampu mera
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Noel
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
After reading a book about the aftermath and consequence of having a son confess to murdering his flatmate, I just had to grab a sweet, soft book -- and this one hit the mark. I had never read Herriot and just loved this slim gem of a book. His cat stories and simple but not simplistic, poignant without being sappy. I'll have to look for some of his other work. ...more
Sophie Crane
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, animals
James Herriot tells his tales and experiences so well. For a cat lover, this book has it all. Each story is so heart-warming. You will laugh and you will cry. If you are not sure that cats have great characters, you will be in no doubt after reading this book.
Angela Verdenius
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, this had me smiling and wiping away a tear or two. He has captured the cat perfectly in this anthology, showing cats at their best. They are indeed misunderstood creatures and make the best of pets. This book was a worthy addition to his wonderful series. Highly recommend if you’re a pet/cat lover.
Jason Koivu
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
More charming stories about animals from the people's favorite vet James Herriot. This is mostly a collection of previously released stories specifically about cats. Whether you've read these or not, if you're a fan, you can't go wrong with a revisit. ...more
Rosemary
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet stories about some of the cats that James Herriot encountered in his long career as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales. Some of them are feral, living outdoors on farms, and others are much-loved domesticated pets.

My favourites were Oscar, the socialite stray who went visiting every event in the village, and the story of "the gentleman of the road" who lived in a makeshift shelter on the edge of one farm and had been adopted by a cat named Emily.

The illustrations by Lesley Holmes are lovely, an
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Mayda
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one can tell an animal story quite like James Herriot, and these cat tales, gleaned from his other works, contain all the warmth and delight you’ve come to expect from this country veterinarian. Some are funny, some a bit of a puzzle, others are sad, but all are sure to evoke the cat-lover in all of us. This audio version is a wonderful way to while away a few of hours, especially if you have your own cat nearby.
gloriabluestocking
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many of the stories in this book are in his treasury for children, only written in a slightly more advanced language here.
This gets 5 stars because not only is it well-written and the stories delightful, but the whole thing has a quality of wholesomeness. It felt good for the soul reading this.
I read this aloud to my 7yo and we both enjoyed it very much. And now we have a cat of our own, so reading these stories is no longer accompanied by a pang of deprivation.
June
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Recommended to June by: Joan
Shelves: adult, non-fiction, cat
Always struck me as sad that this is hidden in adult non-fiction.

Someone introduced me to James Herriot as a young animal lover and I devoured his veteriany tales. As a child we had dogs, but since both my husband and I work we have cats now. Since a goodreads friend was reading Herriot I decided to get his cat stories and enjoyed reading them on their own. I think Moses is my favorite, but Buster is appropriate for heading into the Christmas season and always brings tears to my eyes.
Ehlana
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
typical cats... independent and all with their own individual personalities
nur'aini  tri wahyuni
yaampun, bukunya nyenengin banget. gonna read another James Herriot's then. ...more
Eryn
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-nonfiction
Engaging stories about the different cats that James encountered during his time as a vet, including his own.
LauraT
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bingo-2016
You don't need to be a "gattara" to love this! ...more
Andrea
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was about to put this in a Donate box when I decided to read through it first and now I'm keeping it. I thought it would be kind of shallow, but I found it to be really cute! It's written by a veterinarian living in the UK and the stories about cats he's encountered in his practice in quaint towns and farms are so sweet and charming. The style of writing is very endearing.

I don't typically like reading about any sort of animal suffering/tragedy. It's just too sad for me, but though this book
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Phil
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a tendency to overestimate people. I'm always surprised at the inconsiderate, thoughtless, selfish behavior of humans, so I'm comfortable in saying that sometimes I prefer animals, namely my own two ill-mannered, but good-natured housecats. So perhaps I am biased, but it was everything a book should be: heartwarming and real, poignant and bold, and blessedly short. Herriot, a provincial veterinary surgeon, captures emotions and truths way beyond the small English village in which he resid ...more
Lynn
This book of short stories deserves at least 10 stars!! If you love cats, you should read this.!If you don’t know cats and are curious, you should read this. If you don’t care about cats at all, but you live reading about animals, you should read this. I will keep this book with me forever to have as a quick reread for pleasure. Oh, sure, it is, as you might expect, quite poignant and made me cry...several times...but it is so very well done!! A few tears shed for such wonderfully told experienc ...more
Nancy Ellis
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't planned or anticipated reaching 200 books this year (2019), but as I recorded #199 this morning, I thought about other readers' comments regarding finding short, quick reads to meet their annual goal, so I figured why not and picked up this little gem. Herriot's writings are wonderful, of course, but these little stories about my favorite creatures are absolutely delightful. It's a wonderful way to end the year! ...more
SM Surber
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, as Herriot’s stories always are. I love the Yorkshire area of England - the author transports the reader to this wonderful place and shares experiences that illustrate his love for the animals he cares for.
Linda Gray
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
read long time ago - wonderful fun stories
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James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer. Wight is best known for his semi-autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptations.

In 1939, at the age of 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow
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