''Cattanooga Cats'' was Creator/HannaBarbera's attempt to duplicate the success it enjoyed with ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits''. Running in 1969/70 on Creator/{{ABC}}, this hourlong series had no live-action segments.

The headliners were an all-feline rock band, consisting of Country, a guitarist; Scoots, a bassist, and Groove, a drummer. Their female companion, Kitty Jo, looked like a feline version of [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Daphne Blake]][[note]]or maybe Daphne was the human version of Kitty Jo[[/note]]; she also sang on a few of their songs. They had a few cartoon segments, but most of their appearances were in music videos, à la ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow''.

Other segments were:
* ''Around the World in 79 Days'', loosely based on the Creator/JulesVerne [[Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays novel]].
* ''It's the Wolf'', in which a sneaky wolf pursued a lamb through the use of {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s.
* ''Motormouse and Autocat'', which was essentially ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' on wheels.

A season later, ''The Cattanooga Cats'' was reduced to a half-hour airing on Sunday mornings, retaining ''Around the World in 79 Days'' as a feature. ''Motormouse & Autocat'' was split off into a separate show airing on Saturdays, taking ''It's the Wolf!'' with it.
* ArtShift: The video (so to speak) for the Cats' song [[https://youtu.be/d7SuCwYLiH8 "Hoot Hoot Owl"]] uses cut-out animation-- apparently the ''only'' time anyone at H-B ever tried this.
* BigFriendlyDog: Kitty Jo's dog, Teeny Tim.
* BigThinShortTrio: Groove, Country and Scoots, respectively.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In ''79 Days'' the heroes have to break Fogg's record without using modern transportation, since after all they could have it wrapped up inside of two weeks if he could just hop a plane. Instead he has to do it in the original Fogg's hot air balloon.
* CatchPhrase: Motormouse has three--"Boy, howdy!", "Chickaree!" and "That's plum dumb!" Lambsy has '''IT'S THE WOL-UF! IT'S THE WOL-UF!''' That's who it is...the wol-uf!"
* CheshireCatGrin: The Cats' LoonyFan, appropriately named Chessie.
* ComicBookAdaptation: The Cattanooga Cats appeared in three issues of Creator/GoldKeyComics' ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' anthology series (issues 2, 3 and 4). ''Motormouse and Autocat'' appeared in issues 5, 7 and 9, and ''It's the Wolf!'' appeared in issues 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7. ''Around the World in 79 Days'' did not appear at all in the comics.
* CutShort: In 17 installments, ''Around the World in 79 Days'' never did conclude the round-the-world race between Phineas Fogg and Crumden.
* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop
* FakeBand: The same in-studio performers who did the Cats' musical numbers would do the songs during the chase scenes in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou''.
* FriendlyEnemy[=/=]NiceMice: After Autocat clocks out (after an unsuccessful shift of mouse-chasing), Motormouse will occasionally give him a lift home.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Country, Kitty Jo and Chessie.
** BarefootCartoonAnimal: Scoots and Groove.
* {{Funny Animal}}s
* FurryConfusion: Kitty Jo, an anthropomorphic cat, owns a pet dog.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the music videos was for a song titled "Birthday Suit"[[note]]One of the songs on which Kitty Jo sings lead vocals[[/note]]. Moreover, the first part of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1KtvUkBgvY the video]] featured Country and Kitty Jo as HalfDressedCartoonAnimal kittens, driving the point home. (She soon "grows up" into her fully-dressed self, though)
--> "How do you like me in my birthday suit?/Am I cute in my birthday suit?/How do you like me in my birthday suit/I'm just crazy 'bout the birthday suit"
* GroupieBrigade: Chessie the Autograph Hound was this to the Cats.
* ImYourBiggestFan: Chessie, the Autograph Hound (so named because she always has a wide Cheshire Cat grin).
* MonowheelMayhem: Autocat chases Motormouse with a giant spiked tire in "Wild Wheelin' Wheels". It goes as badly as expected when Motormouse leads Autocat aboard a freighter.
* ParentalBonus: An uncredited Creator/PaulLynde was the voice of Mildew Wolf, and Marty Ingels, already well known for his role on ''I'm Dickens, He's Fenster'', was the voice of Autocat.
* PunchClockVillain: Autocat, although he's not really a villain. His job at the garage is to get rid of Motormouse.
* PunnyName: Lambsy's full name (revealed in at least one episode) is "Lambsy Divy", a reference to the 1940s novelty song "Mairzy Doats".[[note]]"Mairzy doats and dozy doats and little lambsy divy..." which in plain English reads "mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy." Mildew actually lampshades this in an "It's The Wolf!" episode.[[/note]]
* RhymesOnADime: Groove; also Lambsy when he (sarcastically) asks who the "[[PaperThinDisguise stranger of the week]]" could be.
* RunningGag: Includes both individual segments (Scoots' magic crayon, Teeny Tim's new trick, Scoots Clunk, etc.), and regularly occurring parts of other segments (e.g., Mildew Wolf's {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s).
* RobotMe: Mildew Wolf builds a robot version of himself in "Smart Dummy."