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Cats and Bass

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mysterion, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Mysterion


    Jan 10, 2012
    Does anyone else have a cat who's obsessed with bass?

    As I write, my little princess Sonja is thoroughly passed out in the chair next to me, exhausted after a brief, rather loud practice session. If she's a bit agitated, I know that playing for a few minutes will calm her down. The two male cats mostly split, but she's mad for bass--parks herself right in front of the speaker. Once, she got so excited, she started biting the upper horn of my bass!

    Reminds me of my late, great Maine Coon Cat, who liked to park himself on top of my 1x15 cab. He was also known to gnaw on the strings of my '78 Jazz.

    Tonight, I played late in the day, and the sun caught the tuning keys just so, giving Sonja a hit of bright stimulus to follow while she zoned out on the low end. It was like kitty speedballing! No wonder she's so passed out.

    Anyone else have tales of bass-obsessive felines?
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  2. After I restring my basses, I let my oldest cat play with the old strings. It keeps her entertained for DAYS. She scares the hell out of me with them sometimes though. Like, I'll be walking down the hall in the middle of the night and she'll come scurrying across the wood floor rattling the strings about. My kitten sits in front of my amp while I play. He seems to like bass DRUMS more than bass guitars, though. He's still small enough to crawl through the porthole and sleep on the pillow inside.
  3. Cats like bass. I don't know why but they do.
    Yellow tigers or Tabbys seem to like bass the most
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  4. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    This just made me truly LOL.
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  5. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I'm pretty sure they have pills for that now.

  6. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    This is my guitarist's cat...every time I come over, he makes a line directly for my bass, and either sits or lays on it.

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  7. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Maybe because the pick guard looks like Salmon?

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  8. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    Eh, the color doesn't come through very well in that picture. It's very orange, in real life.
  9. My cats only go nuts when I'm restringing.
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  10. thomas33


    Aug 28, 2012
    Lol! I totally agree with you lesfunk
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  11. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Pennsylvania
    My tabby/Siamese mix Hartley Peavey loves music in general, and I named him before I knew about his preferences. He hangs out in the basement during band practice while my other cats hide upstairs. His favorite activities include sitting by the electronic drumkit so the drummer can scratch his head with a stick or feed him popcorn, climbing inside the empty speaker cabinet that my amp sits on, or getting into guitar cases. When I practice by myself, he tends to hang out a few feet away from my amp. I think he likes the vibrations. I used to think he was deaf, but he can hear me opening a jar of popcorn kernels in the kitchen when he's 700 feet away in the basement.
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  12. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    I have a little doggie - the size of a cat. I left my bass plugged in volume knobs up laying down on the ground. He tried to hurdle it but his back legs caught the strings. BRAOOOOWWW - he did this crazy vertical spinning jump that totally amazed me.

    Pets are cool.
  13. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Our old girl loves to lay near my 15's when I practice. She also would sit on my guitar amp when I'd play that ( haven't a good long while now ). I think she's just a groupie cat with no real preference to be honest. :D
  14. wango55


    Dec 21, 2011
    One of our two cats always comes running into the room when she hears me start to play (even unplugged). Reason why? Well, the light reflects off the tuning pegs and she loves to try and chase it - even up the wall sometimes. It's even worse with the Jazz bass, as the light reflects off the tuning pegs, and control plate!
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  15. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Well, they sure seem to love my rat fur covered cabs to pieces.
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  16. Nope, not at all. Jinks RUNS as soon as the amp is on. He hates it.
  17. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    My cat hates bass guitar but loves my Moog Taurus - go figure.

    And yes, all of my carpeted cabs double as scratching posts....
  18. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Seriously though, most cats I've been fortunate enough to live with do seem to love it. The only exception being my gf's male- he was a rescue from an abusive situation and he'll run away anytime I pick up an instrument. It's strange because he's really quite social otherwise. Just a'feared of the boomstick.
  19. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    I jammed at a buddies house a couple times and one of his kittens always got onto my lap and bit the strings while I played. Was cute, but got annoying after a while:p

    At an orphanage in Mexico that I spent a week at, there was an old dog that would always come over and chill with the musicians in the group while we practiced for that nights service. He liked acoustic guitars, a lot! Hopefully he'll still be there when we go back next summer....
  20. Rohan likes to help me practice

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