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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 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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Erin Shannon- Cat Sitter

Hi! I'm originally from Canada and grew up in a house with two theatrical cats in charge. I moved to Nashville almost 4 years ago with my two rescue cats, Calliope and Katrina, who are much happier with the warmer weather! I have a degree in Political Science but worked in retail for over 5 years, and now work in Human Resources for a technology consulting firm. I'm lucky enough to work from home and get to spend my day alternating between work and play time with my kitties.

As a lifelong cat person, I know that each cat has their own unique personality and will follow their lead - if they want to play, hide, or take a nap, they are in charge. It can be hard to leave your furry family member when you need to be away, but you can trust I will keep your cat comfortable and cozy at home.

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Sophie Turbey- 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. In addition, a solid sitter is not on her phone unless it’s an emergency or to communicate with the owner.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.