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Hates or Loves my piano????

post #1 of 16
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I don't have or take much time to play the piano. Today I sat down and fancied myself and the cats with a tune. Mama either HATED it or loved it. As soon as I started playing she ran in and jumped on the bench next to me. She head-butted me. She has never done this and meowed a couple of times, too. She NEVER meows unless Megan makes her mad. She walked across the keys, etc. It's anyone's guess, but do you think she hates it? I would hate for it to hurt her ears. I used to think she was hearing impaired but she had excess wax so maybe finally it broke free because the past two weeks she can hear when we are in the kitchen, too. Does anyone know if it bothers them?
post #2 of 16
I play mine once in a while and some will jump on the bench next to me. I think they are eyeballing my hands and wondering why I'm not petting them instead of playing. I have music playing all the time and they don't seem to mind the piano.

I bought an accordion a few years back and was trying to teach myself to play. I had one cat that would come up and literally SCREAM at me to stop. It was really obvious that she hated it - would get very tense, pace around me and scream like she was dieing. She'd stop the minute I would stop. Needless to say I don't play it anymore. Anyone interested in an accordion? LOL
post #3 of 16
My childhood kitty, Christy, who went to Heaven 8 years ago at the age of 14, used to sing when I played the piano, maybe Mama was singing to your pretty music, Chris! Do you think perhaps if it hurt her ears, she would go hide?
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
I play mine once in a while and some will jump on the bench next to me. I think they are eyeballing my hands and wondering why I'm not petting them instead of playing. I have music playing all the time and they don't seem to mind the piano.

I bought an accordion a few years back and was trying to teach myself to play. I had one cat that would come up and literally SCREAM at me to stop. It was really obvious that she hated it - would get very tense, pace around me and scream like she was dieing. She'd stop the minute I would stop. Needless to say I don't play it anymore. Anyone interested in an accordion? LOL
How about listing it on FreeCycle: "Accordion free to a pet-free home."

I give private singing lessons in my home, and I confine my kids to their playroom when I am teaching. They mostly stay quiet when I teach or when I practice. On occasion, I will forget to switch off the electric piano, and I am regaled in the middle of the night with impromptu renditions of "The Aristocats." It's so flippin' kewt.

Now, the computer is a COMPLETELY different story. They want to log in all the time! If I don't put my foot down, I'd get no online time at all!
post #5 of 16
hmmm, well I guess only you know your cat...I would think if she didn't like it she would probably just leave the room.

My animals have always loved the piano..especially my little shih-tzu..she curls up on the couch and goes to sleep whenever anyone plays or sings in the room

Adelaide was only exposed to a 'real' piano once but she acted very similar to how your cat was acting, then she hopped up on top (it was a grand and the top was down) and fell asleep purring on the top. Maybe she liked the vibrations, maybe she liked the sound, I dont know.

Anyway, she seems to really like the electric keyboard too but she will push anyone out of the way to walk on it while its on (if its off she doesn't have any time for it!)
post #6 of 16
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Yes - I thought of that. Wouldn't she go upstairs if it bothered her??? I don't know.

I had a cat when I was growing up named Muffin. She walked across the piano keys during the middle of the night
post #7 of 16
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Oh look at Adelaide! How cute!
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by captiva
I had a cat when I was growing up named Muffin. She walked across the piano keys during the middle of the night
our kitty Olivia used to do that!! (I always got a charge not warning my friends about that when they came over for sleep overs!! hehe...my own version of a haunted house)
post #9 of 16
Adelaide is so precious playing the piano!She could outplay me any day!
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by captiva
I had a cat when I was growing up named Muffin. She walked across the piano keys during the middle of the night
This is why I keep the keyboard cover closed all the time. I would hear kitty serenades all day and all night long!

After seeing my cat's reaction to the accordian, all I can say is that she would tell you if she hated the piano. It was terribly obvious!
post #11 of 16
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I'm so sorry I wasn't there to see the accordian debut! It sounds hilarious!
post #12 of 16

Our cats pretty much ignore the music if anyone's playing. Every now and then in the middle of the night we'll get a little concert. I do have one funny story to relate. Lots of years ago we left for the weekend. As we pulled into the drive-way we were joking about how KooKoo (our cat at the time) had probably spent the last few hours cleaning up the house from his big party from the night before. Imagine our surprise to get out of the car and hear music coming from the house! My son's electric keyboard had been walked across and the auto-play button pushed. We've no idea how long the music had been going.
post #13 of 16
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We have lots of musical cats here
post #14 of 16
When my husband is playing the piano, Jamie will come into the room and hang out. He'll often jump up on the bench, and sooner or later a little paw will be extended to the keys. Many times he's run up and down the keyboard himself, so we figure he likes it.
post #15 of 16
Tom Tinker (RB) was a keyboard walker on the piano, but the best reaction to music came from Sheba (RB). When I would play the organ, she would sit behind the music rack and when I played something she especially loved (a hymn, "The Church's One Foundation" ), she would let her head loll over the stand and music.

Now as for our dog, Rex, you would get quite the howling when mom played. And since we didn't have A/C, the neighbors could hear the concert when the weather was warm!
post #16 of 16
The way you described her, she sounds like she likes it but without being there to see, I really don't know...
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