The Dog Store
2824 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
Primary Phone: (615) 279-9247
Phone: (615) 279-9247
Cat Shoppe & Dog Store
The Cat Shoppe
The Cat Shoppe & The Dog Store
Parking: Lot, Free
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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NOT PET FRIENDLY!!! Last time I was there the owner was present and it was a nice experience. I bought things for a dog and had the dog with me. This time it was the opposite. HORRIBLE! One star is a gift. The store was filthy dark and smelled truly horrible. I brought my dog with me and was made very unwelcome by the rude staff who pointed out that the numerous cats in the shop were street cats and "had bad experiences with dogs" making a huge point of my well behaved and immaculately groomed dog being in their store. My dog was not even taking note of the cats. The filthy poorly cared for cats are more important than customers. She kept squirting something on the floor to make a point that we were very unwelcome. Everything was covered with cat hair and shed skin from the cats and I would never consider exposing my well cared for pet to that filth on a "new" item. I left there with a first ever histamine reaction to the poorly cared for cats and the filthy store.
DO NOT GO HERE!
My friend adopted two kittens from The Cat Shoppe. After adopting them found out they had fleas and worms. She footed the bill and made sure to take care of them but also made sure to call The Cat Shoppe to inform them of this so they could check the other cats and the owner sounded like she could care less.
Also, they make house calls on you to check on the cats! Seven months after adopting them, one of the employees called her to ask if she could come see one of the cats because she had fostered them and wasn't there to say goodbye when they were adopted. Said it was not a house call or inspection. The lady then came into her home and basically told my friend she was raising the cats completely wrong saying the food she was feeding them was bad and even went so far as to say the new name for one of her cats was a stupid name.
After the lady found out the kittens had been declawed she became very very angry and my friend was scared for her and her cats. Last week she got a letter demanding $1000 ($500 per cat) in damages to the Cat Shoppe because she declawed the cats.
This has taught me never to go to an adoption center like this, and to never let anybody in my house from a place I adopt them from.
03/10/2012Provided by Citysearch -
This is a pretty cool place and a lot of rescued kitties are all around. The first lady I met was Robyn and she was super nice and friendly. The owner Chris was very aloof and to busy selling stuff to be much interested in much else. It is quite obvious that she is very protective of all the cats, as she really does not want any of them to be adopted. Very negative about if you have other animals and definitely does not like dogs. If you are wanting to adopt, I would suggest going elsewhere. Cool shop thought.
01/18/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I?ve been going to the Cat Shoppe for several years now and enjoy each and every visit. I?m always greeted with a warm hello when I enter the door. The owner is very helpful with any questions I have and the prices on premium cat food are better than anywhere else in the city. I sometimes go just to play with the kittens that are up for adoption and never feel rushed or like I need to buy something to stay. It?s a great place for all your cat needs and just so your dog doesn?t feel left out, there?s a dog store next door. Overall, a really cool place to visit!
11/20/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The Cat Shoppe is the closest thing to Cat Heaven that I have ever seen. It's a Cats R Us for toys, there's a veritable smorgasbord of the best cat foods on the planet, and you can live and wear your love of cats with the selection of boutiquey items in abundance there. If you need a gift for a cat loving friend, you can find it. And not only can you fill a shopping bag (or two, or three), but you have also found a place where you can fill your heart. There are cats there. Not cats in a row of cages, but cats living there, homestyle. And they have stories. Sometimes the stories are written down and you can read them, sometimes they're told to you. A beautiful purebred cat whose owners had it declawed and then didn't want it anymore. A kitten with a very tiny limp whose leg was originally mangled by a car but was brought back to life by physical (and emotional) therapy right there at the Cat Shoppe. There's a jar where you can donate, it's a 501c3 charity, and I always do, even if just a little, because I know little bits add up. You can see your money at work there. And the stories have happy endings, because the cats are for adoption, and when you hear that one has found a perfect forever home, you come away feeling much better than you usually feel at the end of a shopping experience. They obviously cannot save every homeless kitty in the world. But they certainly do their part. And they don't have to. They could just sell the stuff. The very, very good stuff. Shop at the Cat Shoppe. No buyer's remorse. Ever.
11/19/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I am originally from Nashville and every time I return, I always make a special trip to The Cat Shoppe to stock up on all my cat needs! Chris, the owner, does a wonderful job finding the best cat gifts. I could browse forever! But more importantly, I shop there for the welfare of my cats. After talking with her several times, I know that she only sells the best food for my cats. I trust her judgment and need her guidance as I don't have time to do all the research myself, and I only want to feed my cats the best. I find her prices to be very reasonable.
It is so refreshing to go to a shop that is not all about making the buck. Her store is abundant with cats that she has rescued that need homes.
I highly recommend this store for cat food, litter, and gifts! Please don't forget that there are lots of cats and kittens in her shop that need homes too!
11/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Imagine answering phone calls all day long with people pleading for you solve yet another dire situation while you look around the shop at all the cats and kittens already there. There are limited numbers of good homes/owners and though all animals deserve them, we know that isn
11/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
rose nilen is obviously a cat lover. she is also terribly wrong about the cat shoppe and it's owner - chris. chris is currently selling a home to subsidize her tireless efforts on behalf of homeless and abused animals. there is not another person in nashville tennessee who cares more or works harder to rescue and nurture abandoned and frightened cats. one person can only do so much. no one can rescue all the poor cats in this city. not even chris. if she could she would. rose should go back to the cat shoppe and get her facts straight and then write a retraction. no one loves cats more than chris - and no one suffers more at the thought of taking them to the pound. if rose knew what chris does for cats she would cry at the way she treated her in print. chris is like a mother teresa for cats.
11/01/2011Provided by Citysearch -
If you visit this store beware of making any donations towards any type of rescue fund. I went to this store a while back because i was told they did animal rescue. What troubled me right off was a sign on the door saying they euthanize animals. When i questioned the owner about the sign i was told that people leave cats there at night and they have to track them down and prosecute them. Now correct me if im wrong but isnt that what animal rescue is all about. If someone can not take care of an animal or finds one lost would you not want that person to bring it to a safe place. The sign states that all animals left there are taken and killed. Now the longer i talked to this woman named Chris she went into this rant about coyote's catching and ripping cats apart and the city was full of unwanted cats and that she had just finished a ""roundup""at a KFC, Firestone store and Baileys in Antioch and that she had trapped and put down 27 cats from KFC because they were feral , 4 from Firestone and 8 from Baileys. Now i dont know about the rest of you out there but when a store owner is bragging about killing 39 cats and they were better off, that does not sound like much of a rescue to me. Im not contributing money to a rescue fund so my money can be used to kill animals.
06/19/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I love, love, love Chris and the other Cat Shoppe staff. If you take the attitude of cat adoption = retail transaction, then I guess they could seem ""pushy and rude,"" to quote other reviews. But, simply put, the Cat Shoppe is CAT-centered. Their priority in cat adoption isn't ringing up the sale for whatever the human customer wants, but rather ensuring the best possible forever home for these kittens and cats (most of whom have been through enough already).
It's worth mentioning also that many of the staff are volunteers. In fact, if you encounter a teenager with a know-it-all attitude, that would be my daughter. Please know that she means well, and I apologize in advance for her poor upbringing :)
Almost 8 years ago I took her and her sister to the Cat Shoppe, after my husband agreed to allow ONE feline to join our family. Chris wouldn't let us leave with fewer than two kittens (and I now know that those kittens would have also needed to be each other's pals). Recalling my Grandpa Blue's advice always to adopt kittens in pairs, I knew she was right. We asked about a suitable ""only cat,"" and Chris introduced us to Venus, then about 9 months old and well known among the staff for her disdain for other felines, matched only by her affection for humans. Venus has been part of our family ever since. She's even won my husband's cold-when-it-comes-to-cats heart.
I've now frequented the Cat Shoppe for almost two decades, in three locations. If you have a cat (or dog!) there's no better place for food and supplies. If you want to adopt a cat or a couple of kittens, the Cat Shoppe is your best bet for happily-ever-after.
Much better prices than popular pet chains and some other mom & pop places on top shelf foods like innova, wellness, chicken soup, and others!
My boyfriend always comes with me to buy cat and dog food so he can play with all the little kittens they have up for adoption.
10/16/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The Cat Shoppe is in a convenient location and has great hours for an independent pet supply store (they're open on Sunday!). The woman who is usually at the cash register is a bit odd but charming. She looked at me with dagger eyes the first few times I forgot my checkbook and wanted to pay with Visa (they are pretty clear, what with posted signs and all, that they *accept* cards but don't *like* them. Sheesh.).
In the end, though, they have totally reasonable prices and a fantastic selection. And she really is helpful, and she knows pretty much everything she needs to know in order to help you take care of your cat. Just don't try to pay with a credit card. Or mention that you used to feed Iams to your cat, before you knew better. Or pick up the kittens in the store. Or play with them. Then it's no soup for you. ;)
07/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We adopted a teenage orange and white (tabby) male named Conan O'Brien last September. This is our first cat as a married couple and we couldn't be happier. He is so sweet. He came litter box trained and adjusted well to our house right away. He came to the Cat Shoppe after someone found him outside of Walgreens. He was fostered for two weeks and then brought to the Cat Shoppe for adoption. Chris, the owner knows a lot about cats and is very helpful matching the right cat to the right owner. She called us about two weeks after we adopted Conan and had a black Cat that had been Conan's friend up for adoption. My husband went and met the cat, but we ultimately decided he was not a good fit. We were not pressured and Chris was very gracious about the whole thing. We are still happy with the whole process and would highly recommend getting your forever friend from the Cat Shoppe.
05/31/2010Provided by Citysearch -
i was lucky enough to be able to go to the ""Cat Shoppe"" many times, about a decade ago. since then i have lived in cities much larger than nahville, and still not found as great of a cat-centric store as the ""Cat Shoppe."" When i leave a metro area i miss many things about it, shopping, food, people, etc. . the ""Cat Shoppe"" is one of those things i miss about nashville. i hope your location fared well in the recent flooding.
I visited the store after finding out about it on the internet. I decided to take a trip to the store to check it out, since I live not far away. When I went there, I was surprised by the cold treatment that greeted me. I was expecting that, being that it is a store that loves pets, I would be treated with welcome and warmth, but this was not the case. Instead, I left the store feeling extremely uncomfortable and feeling as though I was a bad person and not good enough to even adopt one of the cats that I showed interest in. I was even deterred from adopting the cat with a whole bunch of nonsensical excuses. I left out of the store being happy to have seen the cats and have to say that they are the best part of the entire store. They are warm and adorable. Those who run the store, however, are not as kind. I have no idea if I will ever visit that place again. It just didn't feel right, not right at all.
03/12/2010Provided by Citysearch -
In January 2009, we adopted our boy, ""Francois"". He was a shy Tuxedo...slim by my some standards. One year later he's no longer ""shy"" and he is the LOVE of our lives. He now weighs almost 17 lbs.
Thanks to Chris, Sissy, and Rose for making our lives happy and complete! You are truly blessed for all that you do!
We love our ""Francois"".
Thank you....Suzy & Mike
01/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We stopped in as we were shopping in Berry Hill the other day and were frankly amazed how big the shop seemed on the inside compared to the outside. The front is crammed to the gills with gifts for the dog lover and the back room had several cats and kittens for adoption. We will definitely be back!
01/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Chris is very devoted to helping homeless cats and kittens and spends much time and money insuring that they will be healthy and taken good care of.She may come accross a little stirck but she has seen and heard many sad and cruel stories of how people neglected their animals. She means the best and her heart is in the right place. When you go to this shoppe you are helping countless other pets,not only your own.