''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."[[/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."