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The Catio Cat Lounge in Nashville Is a Purrfect Way to Spend the Day. Fur Sure!

by Rich and Laura Lynch

The city of Nashville, Tennessee has had its fair share of famous felines. The NHL Predators hockey team derived their name from the bones of an ancient saber-tooth tiger unearthed in the downtown at 4th and Union in 1971. The quirky Arena Football League provided a beloved squad of Ironman-type athletes who played on the indoor gridiron as the Nashville Kats. The city's group of in-demand session players also came to be known as the Nashville Cats. But, now there is an ever-changing group of lovable critters that can be seen and pet daily over at Music Valley courtesy of The Catio Cat Lounge getting ready to celebrate their third year of work in the field of pet adoption services.

Just a few of the friendly cats available for adoption at The Catio.

The bright and cheerful Catio located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville, Tennessee is a non-profit cat lounge. They work with the Nashville Cat Rescue to facilitate adoptions The Catio opened their doors in 2019 and since then they have found families for about 3,000 felines. The Catio is a place where animals and humans can relax and play together. Spacious rooms with perches and toys make for a welcoming environment for cats to choose a person - after all they often say a feline picks you rather than the other way round. During a visit, when you connect with a cat, you can meet with a counselor and if approved your new friend might be going home with you on the same day. All their animals are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated and tested. Adoption charges range from $50-$125 per cat which covers veterinarian costs. Fees to hang out with the critters pays for food, fun items and litter to keep the residents happy and healthy.

T-shirts and souvenirs help with the costs of caring for hundreds of cats per year.

If you are not ready for a pet, The Catio hosts various events so that folks can interact with the cats plus these special occasions raise money to keep the organization running smoothly. On December 16, 2022 we attended movie night featuring Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. The doors were open early so we had time to meet the cats and a few kittens before the lights were dimmed for the film. The felines roamed around during the movie with some looking to play while others seemed to be interested in their curmudgeonly counterpart. The Catio hosts yoga nights and movies might become a monthly event so check out their website for updates and information on visiting and perhaps finding your purrfect pet.

The Catio located in Music Valley is a welcome addition to a transforming neighborhood.

Related Links: For more information on THE CATIO and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - The Catio | The Catio on FB | Nashville Cat Rescue


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