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Kevin Burt - Owner/Cat Sitter

I have had cats and dogs all my life.  I grew up in Tullahoma, went to college at UT, and have lived in Nashville since 2002.

I have 3 cats. All rescues.  I have a cat client who lives behind Ellington Park.  She loves cats and would leave food out for a feral cat.  The cat started to come by every night.  Spring came and she had a couple of kittens.  After they were weaned she brought them with her.  They were truly feral, but I adopted them anyway.  It took a while and lots of patients, but they adapted.  They are 4 years old now and couldn't be happier!

I recently adopted a semi-feral kitten from the Cat Shoppe.  He was nine months old.  His parents were probably domesticated cats.  He had been hanging out around the restaurants in Hillsboro Village until he was brought to the Cat Shoppe.  I instantly fell for him.  He was very shy and not very trusting at first, but he quickly warmed up to us.  His name is Belcourt and doing great

 
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Dawn Juel - Manager/Cat Sitter

Hi, I'm originally from rural South Jersey, I grew up on a ten-acre farm where I spent most of my free time raising, training and caring for a virtual “Noah’s Ark” of pets, many rescued by my mother, who helped instill in me a love of animals since I can remember.  They included horses, ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, goats, turtles, parrots, dogs and yes of course… CATS!
 
During my first year of college, Tommy, alone kitten showed up at my front door and he lived to be 22 years old and was loved every single day.
 
Over the years I’ve adopted and rescued several cats and dogs and learned that in most cases, they find us when we aren’t even looking, and bring unexpected joy into our lives.
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Sara cat pet sitter

Sara Holifield - Cat Sitter

I’m Sara and I’m the type of person who usually spends her time at a party crouched on the floor, cooing over the resident cat. I’ve lived in East Nashville for over ten years with my two rescue cats -- Jasper, a special needs boy who doubles as an alarm clock, and Rufus, a Maine Coon who acts tough but is afraid of bubbles. 

Since my family adopted a kitten when I was six years old, I’ve always felt a deep affinity with cats. That passion has led me into volunteer service with several rescue organizations and honed my ability to “speak cat.” Some projects have included: cleaning cages at the Cats Protection League in Wellington, New Zealand, fostering cats with feline leukemia for Kitten Rescue of Los Angeles, and feral cat trapping with Pet Community Center in Nashville.

I believe that every cat is an individual and should be treated as such. While I love the fun of boisterous, out-going cats, I have a soft spot for shy, nervous cats. With a little patience and a lot of love, watching these cats come out of their shell can be so rewarding. To me, my cats aren’t just pets, they are family. I strive to treat other people’s cats with the same care and attention I give my own.

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Julie with Penny

Julie Readnour - Cat Sitter

Hi.  I’m Julie and I am a proud cat lady.

I have always loved cats, maybe because I grew up in a home in which we always had cats.  We had two very vocal siamese cats and I assumed all cats were so talkative.  When I grew up and got my own place, it just didn’t feel like home unless I had a cat.  I watched my favorite cat of all times Fluffy go from a little orange kitten to a very mature cat of fifteen years. I experienced first hand the health challenges that older cats sometimes have to deal with.

When I see a cat my heart always flutters and I immediately feel happier. I am very proud to work for Music City Cat, which gives all cats the special attention and star treatment they deserve. 

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Amanda Cannon - Cat Sitter

If I had to describe myself in two words, I would say “cat person.” And I come from a long line of cat people. Growing up, my family had two to three cats in the house at any given time, so as you can imagine, caring for cats and making feline friends became second nature to me very early on.

When I got to high school I started working in the Cat Palace at my local Humane Society after school. After I graduated from college, I was super sad to move away from my kitties at home in North Carolina, but it wasn’t long before a Nashville cat stole my heart. Long story short, I went to Costco for reasonably priced paper towels one afternoon and came home with a rescued kitten! Now, I’m cat mom to my sweet adventurous tuxedo cat, Jagger.

Jagger is actually the reason I’m a cat sitter now too! I hired Music City Cats to look after him when I went out of town, and was so impressed and excited about the service that joining the Music City Cats team as a cat sitter was a no-brainer.

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Jenna with cat

Jenna Jesson - Cat Sitter

Hi there! My name is Jenna and I strive to be a crazy old cat lady...I love cats!  Cats have always been, and will always be a large part of my life. I grew up caring for kittens on our farm.

The love transitioned into my adult life where I care for cats through animal clinics. I have been in the veterinary field for two years now.  I have advanced from the clientele side to monitoring fur babies in surgeries, to medicating and administering fluids. In order to provide the best care, I know to put the needs of the cats first.

I recently adopted two spunky cats of my own, a fuzzy orange tabby named Levry James and a sassy dilute calico named El.

I have so much love to give I can only imagine how great it will be to spread all that love every day! I am looking forward to the opportunity to care for your cat 🙂

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Grace Parker and her cat

Grace Parker - Cat Sitter

I'm Grace, a young professional who moved to Nashville about 3 years ago. The family cat I grew up with is living out his cat retirement with my parents in Florida, though now I have my very own (her name is Tsuki which translates to “moon”) that I adopted from the Nashville Cat Rescue. My apartment only has space enough for one cat but the more in my life the better! I like to drive over to the Cat Shoppe & Dog Store just to see the new faces there (and battle internally with the urge to adopt them all). Sometimes these new faces come directly to me, like Piggy the stray kitten we cared for last fall until he was ready for his fur-ever home. Piggy had been crying outside my neighbor's window for a few days, and then yet another neighbor managed to finally catch him after an hour of hide and seek (in the rain no less). It truly takes a village sometimes, which is why I think Music City Cats is so valuable. It’s nice to know that you have someone you trust to jump in when you need them. I spend most days working at an HIV Education program at Vanderbilt, but otherwise chances are high that I am taking a nap on the couch with my cat. Can’t wait to meet yours!

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Brooke Adams application pic with her cat

Brooke Adams - Cat Sitter

My cats are easily some of the most spoiled kitties in Nashville. I love creating a space where cats feel comfortable to play, love, and nap. I love meeting a creating a relationship with kitties - I understand each furry friend has their own unique personalities, needs, likes, and dislikes. Cats and I get along because I never force an animal out of its comfort zone. I learn their individual eating habits, favorite playthings, and nap schedule so I am able to create a unique and comfortable experience for your fur baby!

I believe a great cat sitter realizes that no cats are alike. I am timely, responsible, and have a true passion for cats. Having my own, that I treat like children, has given me insight into proper ways to interact with cats. There's nothing more I love more than working and providing the best care to cats.

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Blair with Charlie

Blair Koons - Cat Sitter

I think that having an understanding of the fact that all cats have their own very distinct personalities and warm up to you in varying stages and ways. Sometimes the cat jumps right up into your lap (just like my cat - he has never met a lap he doesn't like) or they are a little more skittish and require extra care and effort to make them feel comfortable

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Amy Hulings - Cat Sitter

I have been known as the crazy cat lady or cat whisperer since I could walk. I grew up with several cats in my home and have continued to raise my own cats my entire life. I know how important it is when going out of town or working long hours and worrying about your cats at home. I currently have two Himalayan/Persian cats and I only trust a handful of people to watch them when I am away. One of my cats is 17 years old, almost 18. She is in great health for her age and has been extremely well taken care of. Every time we bring her to the vet they cannot believe how old she is! My other cat is about to turn one. He has been a great reminder to me of how much energy they have when they are kittens! 
As a social worker specializing in mental health and substance use disorders, I can appreciate how important pets can be and how the companionship can be extremely comforting and beneficial. I hope to be able to care for your cat the same way I care for mine. I am extremely focused on details and I have experience working with cats with all different personalities.

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Michelle Sohl - Cat Sitter

"I grew up in Upstate, New York in a home filled with love and animals. I always had 2 cats and 2 dogs. I called the cats my sidekicks because they would follow me everywhere. Anytime I was home, they were by my side. There was one cat in particular that meant the world to me. His name was Mickey. Mickey would either sleep on my chest or on my head. He was always there for me. After Mickey passed away I decided to take a leap of faith and move to Nashville for a new adventure. The hardest part of moving was leaving my fur babies behind. Soon after I got settle in Nashville, I joined Music City Cats as a sitter where I am blessed to be able to hang out and love on kitties all the time! ❤"

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Jen Goslin - Cat Sitter

Hello!

I'm Jen and I have two black cats. I am a huge advocate for black cats as they are often believed to have negative attributes.  One of my kitties, Mr. Cat, was a stray that wandered himself into my home and my heart.  My other cat, Lily, was a rescue. They both are super sweet and playful! 

I have always been an animal lover, but it was back in college that I found my love for cats.  I brought my two black kitties to my college apartment with three other girls.  In no time, my roommates became cat ladies as well and we added two more to the bunch.  Living with four cats...sounds like heaven, right?  

After college, I knew I wanted to get more involved in the lives of cats so I started volunteering at a local animal shelter as a “cat cuddler” and would cat sit for many family and friends.  

Once I moved to Nashville I was eager to get involved with cats again.  I started out as a client of Music City Cat and am now lucky enough to be a sitter! 

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Cade nose to nose

Cadédath Amira - Cat Sitter

Hello! My name is Cadé (caddy). I have spent my entire life surrounded by animals. I am a veterinarian assistant and have been for the past five years. Giving oral or injectable medication is second nature for me. I have never met an animal I did not like and I don’t scare easy. I have experience working fear free and handling high cautions canine and feline. As I say they are misunderstood. I started watching other people’s fur babies over the last four years starting with close friends and referrals. My heart still has room to give cuddles and kisses and would love to extend that to your babies while you are away.

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Virginia LaFore - Cat Sitter

I grew up and went to college in North Carolina.I majored in Hospitality Management and as soon as I was able I started traveling around the country. In my 20’s I lived in Miami, Hawaii, and DC. I loved learning about people and places that were different from where I had grown up but in my 30’s I wanted to settle down somewhere. I took a job in Nashville in 2010 and I have been here ever since. I have worked at a hotel downtown for 3 years in a mon-fri/ 9am-5pm job and was looking to make some extra money, preferable doing something that I liked, and since I am a proud cat lady being a cat sitter seemed only natural. 

I have made a home in Sylvan Park with my 3 fur babies. Tigre is a large, orange male tabby cat that loves to “talk” to me constantly. Nash is a gray and white male that drools when he gets too relaxed from being pet. Shamus is my youngest and he is a black and white cat with black markings over his eyes that look like eyebrows. I wasn’t planning to adopt a 3rd cat but my friend posted a picture of a kitten that she found in an air conditioning unit in Cookeville and I could not resist those “eyebrows.”