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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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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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Candace Smith - Cat Sitter

Hello! My name is Candace and I am a Nevada transplant living in the heart of Music City! I grew up with a hodgepodge of rescue animals including cats, dogs, chickens, sheep, and goats! My love of animals, especially cats, runs deep. I rescued my best cat friend, Welker, when he was almost 8 years old, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have over 10+ years of private pet-sitting experience including caring for those with medical needs (dietary, diabetic, etc.). Nothing beats the love of a cat. I understand their role as an additional member of your family and plan to love and treat them as such. I look forward to meeting you and your furry crew!
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Caroline Jackson - Cat Sitter

Hi!  I believe a great cat sitter is someone who loves cats unconditionally, would do anything to have your cat trust them, loves cats at their best and worst, be responsible for the cat’s health and safety. An *excellent* cat sitter is one that remains present in a cat's life, not by obligation or monetary gain, but by choice.

I’m currently a veterinary assistant and have been for the past 3.5 years. I have experience caring for cats that are: chronically ill, geriatric, newborn kittens and new parents, and happy and healthy kitties. I can administer medications as needed. I have extensive experience with anxious, frightful, or aggressive cats, and have been trained in fear-free tactics to care for them. I have loved cats all my life, as I grew up with seven of them! I currently have two cats, Rogue and Corvo, who are the loves of my life. I would be honored to be your fur-baby sitter and to have the opportunity to play with, snuggle, and love your kitty!

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Sophie Trubey- Cat Sitter

Being around cats makes me so happy and I'm certain that cats can feel how happy I am and it makes them happier too. I currently have an 8-month-old rescue tabby named Dextrose. My lil' furbaby is one of the best things in my life and I'm sure the same is true for you and your cat/cats. I like caring for other people's cats because I know how much it helps the kitties' emotional health to have a caretaker nearby (and it makes me happy too!). I will love your cat like they are my own and make sure they are well taken care of. I look forward to meeting your kitty/kitties soon!

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Caroline Pigott- Cat Sitter

I have always lived in a household with one or more cats and sincerely cannot imagine a home without one. I must admit that the majority of the pictures on my phone are of my tuxedo cat, Mary, and as more of my peers are starting to have babies, I beam with equal pride as I show off pictures of my own “baby.”

Over the years, friends, family, and acquaintances have consistently relied on me as a responsible and enthusiastic caretaker for their furry friends. I have nothing but love and affection for all cats—young and old, big and small, outgoing and reclusive. Hey, I’ve been known to cross busy NYC streets just to say hi to a cat (often to the annoyance of my friends’ protests!). People marvel at my ability to hold an otherwise antisocial or “difficult” cat for an extended period of time. At the same time, though, I respect different personalities and am able to intuit their individual needs and social preferences. In sum, I have a big heart, great instincts, and would love the opportunity to care for your cats!

I think a great cat sitter is someone who takes each and every visit seriously, remaining present and nurturing for the entirety of the visit. I don’t force a physical connection until your cat says I’m “ok” I approach with warm caution, letting the cat signal its level of comfortability. I respect the home and follows instructions to a “t,” approaching each visit with a warm and enthusiastic attitude.

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Courtney Pare - Cat Sitter

Hi! My name is Courtney and I am a total cat person. I have two cats that run my household and generously let me live with them. I grew up with animals my whole life, and feel very comfortable around all kinds of furry friends. I volunteered briefly with the Nashville Cat Rescue as a cleaner at their 100 Oaks adoption site, where I got to meet, play, and care for up to 10 cats at a time per visit. It was an extremely rewarding experience and I still step in to help from time to time. I work part-time at a local non-profit and spend my free time cooking, reading, and walking around my neighborhood. I am an animal advocate and treat each one that I come across with the same love and care I give my own two fur babies!

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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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Nikki Alhasan - Cat Sitter

Hi, I am Nikki~ aka the cat whisperer. I've owned a cat for most of my life.  I have vivid memories growing up with cats in my household at all times. During the course of those years, I have learned so much about cats and their personalities and communicating with them.  I have a special place in my heart for older and sick cats. It truly is a passion for me to care for cats. I am honored to cat-sit for you and care for your fur babies.  I'm always excited to make new furry friends.

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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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Elli Whiteway - Cat Sitter

I have grown up with cats. I adopted the runt of a feral mother off of a family's porch and fell more in love than I thought was possible. I named him Moses, and he has been with me through everything. He taught me the loyal but independent demeanor of cats and the intricacies of their language. He showed me what truly loving and accepting creatures cats are. He has turned many friends of mine into "cat people" - even my partner, who has since insisted that he wanted a cat of his own too! We adopted Ursuline, a brave little ginger kitty who knows no stranger. Cats are masters of inspiring devotion.

I have more cat behavior books than I can name. I have a knack for befriending strays in parking lots and neighborhoods. Professionally I work as a social worker, specifically with people experiencing homelessness. I have befriended countless "camp kitties", bringing them food and lots of hugs. I have a boundless love for these creatures and all they can teach us. My partner has joked that I'm "cat psychic", but in all seriousness, I'm blessed to have my three cats in my life and I am honored to be able to care for other people's cats!

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Gray Lochbihler

I am a lifelong resident of Middle Tennessee. I work as a Psychometrist in a private neuropsychology practice in Nashville. I hold an undergraduate degree from the University of the South and a master's in clinical psychological assessment from Vanderbilt University. In my spare time, I absolutely love being with my cat, Oliver, who is a delightful fur ball of personality. I have owned and cared for pets my entire life, and have found that I have a special place in my heart for feline friends. I believe that cats are the most rewarding, enjoyable pets when they are understood and cared for properly. I so enjoy meeting my friends' cats (many of my friends are cat owners) and would love nothing more than to meet and care for cats in the Nashville area.

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Mary Lou Cohen - Cat Sitter

Hi, I’m Mary Lou. I moved to Nashville this year to be closer to my daughter & grandkids. I currently work part-time at a local church.

I love cats! I had two wonderful tuxedos in Fl., Boggie and Simon. They are both rescues and they love each other very much. A dear friend would cat sit them when I was out of town.  They stayed with her during our transition to Nashville. Her Siamese passed a few years ago. She really bonded with Boogie and Simon. I can’t have cats where I live now. She was thrilled when I asked her to keep the boys permanently.  I was sad and painful for us, but it was the best thing for our kitties. She and I talk often and everyone is very happy. I miss them dearly. The years I had Boogie and Simon will always be a very special time in my life. I miss the company of cats. It’s such a blessing having cats in my life again.  I love being part of Music City Cats team. I will take wonderful care of your kitties.

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Cami Platek - Cat Sitter

I am a mother of 2 kitties right now and 3 kiddos. I have had at least one cat since I got Hazel for my 9th Birthday. I Love Cats. I love gaining love from those cute fur babies. 

I have a college degree but have spent most of my life raising my kids. Recently I have got in the real estate game. My kids need me less and less, so it is my turn to do stuff I want to do, and I really love cats!

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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.