Thursday, June 28, 2012

Around The World in 80 Cats #16: Knoxville

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The next time you find yourself in Tennessee, plan a stop at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum to spend some face time with resident cat, Kitty Roy!

Kitty Roy

The handsome orange kitty's story was recently featured on WBIR, where they reported on how the 10-year-old cat's presence has made him a popular staff member, and a social media sensation. In addition to patrolling the grounds, Roy (as his close, personal friends call him), enjoys napping, dropping in on weddings, and being dressed up in cute outfits.

The dapper tabby has also developed quite a following with the ladies, but as Grounds Manager Mathew McMillian explains, "Ray does have a female fan base, but he doesn't really know what to do with it."

Kitty Roy and Sage

In case you can't make it out to Knoxville, the botanical garden regularly posts pics of the puss on Facebook, where they also recently announced that he has been joined by a brand new grounds-kitty, named Sage!

Knoxville Botanical Garden is located at 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, TN.

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Nominations close tomorrow, Fri. 6/29!



enigmachine said...

Where's Johnny?!

Marilia said...

They´re amazing! Kitty Roy is so beautiful orange cat!

Steph said...

When I was doing my engagement photos at the Botanical Garden Kitty Roy graced us with his presence and followed us around at a distance for some time...I like to think he was supervising and making sure we didn't trample any flowers. He was VERY talkative too!
Also yay for Knoxville being on Catsparella! =D

Catsparella said...

@Steph Oh wow!! That's so cool that you got to meet him in furrrrson!! ♥

Anne H said...

OMG! So cute!

Natalie said...

If you ever visit the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, remember PetSafe is also head quartered in Knoxville and we love visitors!

Catsparella said...

@Natalie Awesome! :D

Megan said...

Huh, I'm from Knoxville and never knew about him! I might have to drop by to see him the next time I go home.

Unknown said...

What kind of cat is he ?

Catsparella said...

@Patricia He looks like just a regular domestic shorthair

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