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My cat doesn't just hate the fiddle...

Posted by fiddlepogo on Sunday, June 8, 2008

A couple of days ago, I pulled out a harmonica I had found in my stuff, and played Oh Susannah, and my cat headed
straight for the door- just like she does with the fiddle-
so it's probably the high pitches she can't stand.
She tolerates banjo, (with maybe a couple of ear-twitches)
and is fine with guitar, both acoustic and electric, although if it's a loud overdriven
electric guitar sound, she will likewise head for the door.

This discovery gives me an idea.
When I start practicing fiddle, the cat goes to the door,
but I need to have the fiddle in my hands,
(and it's clumsy to open the door with fiddle and bow in hands)
because if I put it down, she thinks I've stopped playing,
and won't go out, since she's only going out to escape!
So maybe I should announce to her that it's practice time
by playing her a tune on my harmonica, since that's easy to play with one hand.

5 comments on “My cat doesn't just hate the fiddle...”

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Monday, June 9, 2008 @7:11:12 PM

I vote for subjecting kitty to character-building sessions, where she has to face the music, so to speak.

Fethelar Says:
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 @12:22:47 PM

Pogo, Your cat has YOU trained...
She knows you have your hands full of fiddle and bow, so she is paying you back for her inconvenience. Your loving kitty is really a calculating schemer!
Like FF above says, You must subject said feline to a sufficient quantity of fiddle,.banjer,  and harmonica music and THEN let her out after she's had more than enough...  Repeat this often enough and she'll be the one getting trained...
But be a gent and offer her the door before each session starts.
Eventually, when she hears the fiddle case OPENING, she'll head for the door before you get your hands full so to speak.  After all, any animal that gets 17hrs of sleep a day needs to be waken up occasionally and sent outside to blow the stink off them. 
(We have 5 cats and 2 dogs)
I have a Sheltie that loves to sing along with every firetruck or harmonica, but doesn't mind the fiddle...
I have an old black male cat that's sorta attracted the fiddle, likes the harmonica but LOVES the whistles and Bagpipes! The other cats bolt for the acoustic sanctuary upstairs under the twin's beds.


Percy Says:
Sunday, June 15, 2008 @8:35:04 AM

I once had a cat -- most gentle wee spirit you could ask for... but when I played the piano, she would get up the bench next to me -- and BITE me! Truly BITE me! She didn't mind my guitar, or my singing -- but she HATED that piano!

bj Says:
Monday, June 16, 2008 @7:01:18 AM

Yes, fiddlepogo, Keith is right. Your cat has trained you. Mine usually starts knocking stuff off shelves when he hears the fiddle. It's why I use a chinrest, so I can keep fiddle under chin, pick up watersquirt bottle with right hand and NAIL the little SOB. You might try Keith's suggestions, and if those don't work, try my technique. :)

Percy, too bad your cat wasn't more like Nora.

I've been leaving the china cheapie fiddle on BriggsyCat's chair, hoping he'll get the hint so I can build a website for him and clean up on adsense to keep him in kittykibble, but alas, he hasn't touched it. Knowing him, if I put the good fiddle on there he'd use it as a scratching post . . .

bj Says:
Monday, June 16, 2008 @7:03:39 AM

Dyslexia strikes again. That was supposed to be "pick up watersquirt bottle in LEFT hand"

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