Stupid Cat!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by lowsideonacurve, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. lowsideonacurve


    Feb 24, 2011
    Don't get me wrong, I love cats, especially this one, but occasionally she goes up to my bass while it's on the stand and sticks her nose between the strings and licks the pickups.

    This is a Fender Jazz with noiseless pickups and it is always kept clean. The cat never tries to lick my fingers, so I know it isn't me.

    Anyone have any idea why a cat would want to do this?
  2. Demon_Hunter


    Jun 8, 2008
    I have a cat that would lick the strings on any guitar laying around. He'll also lick the blinds, the air vents along with himself. I've had 3 other cats and they didn't do that.
  3. Avalon


    Feb 28, 2009
    Two words: animal magnetism.
  4. delicious bass?
  5. Blind Rat

    Blind Rat

    Apr 23, 2009
    Are they Fish-man pickups ?
  6. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    Licking is better than peeing . :cool:
  7. lowsideonacurve


    Feb 24, 2011
    "Demon_Hunter I've had 3 other cats and they didn't do that. "

    I've had 3 other cats that didn't do that too, I guess one in four has a thing for licking.

    "Avalon Two words: animal magnetism."

    Yep, musical instruments tend to do that:D

    "jonathan_matos5 delicious bass?"

    That very well could be.

    "Blind Rat Are they Fish-man pickups ?"

    No, but I'll have take them out and see if the PO did anything fishy. :)

    " waleross Licking is better than peeing . "

    I'll have to count my blessings.
  8. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    I have a fact for you, better than an idea: Cats are born with short circuits and some burnt fuses in their brains.

    One does not simply question why a cat does something it does. They just do, they're crazy. I believe them to be almost crazier than woman.:eek:

  9. Matthijs

    Matthijs Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    Now you know how!

    Does it lick the plastic cover? My cat has licked plastic bags all of it's life. I guess it likes the taste. It has a thyroid disorder, maybe that has something to do with it?
  10. been there, done that. Had one of my cats pee on my 6 string a few months ago, it was in my living room on a stand. Luckily it's just a $50 Epi LP, and it came off, no smell or anything.
  11. And female cats are the craziest! My two females are moody, violent without warning, and will lie there with you and cuddle, but when you go to pet them they attack without provocation. My male, on the other hand, is sweet, friendly, purrs whenever you touch him, and is constantly on my lap. Plus he sleeps on my daughters bed and keeps the other cats off; he's her guard cat.

    No offense to the ladies here, of course!! :D
  12. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    My grandma has a female cat, she is 5+ kilograms. (Jabba the Cat.) She comes to you, purring and waiting to be pet. The moment you touch her, you need stitches. B**** is crazy.:p

    Also she plays fetch like a dog which I've never seen before in a cat.:eyebrow:

    And of course, no offense to ladies also.:p
  13. Southpaw5


    Jul 18, 2009
    My cat plays catch with me(yes she throws things back)
    likes having her tail pulled
    and chatters like a monkey( apparently the chatter is a Bengal thing, it's not really meowing,she's 1/2 Bengal 1/2 stray) its really weird.

    I'm pretty sure they all have psychedelics naturally in their bloodstream.
  14. Don't play your bass after eating tuna fish sandwiches! ;)
  15. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta Guest

    Aug 23, 2011
    My cats odd. She'll rub her face against the strings if its in the stand. I remember one day while fixing up my basses, it was lying on the table and I found her trying to eat the tuning keys. She also plays with loose strings.

    She wags her tail and come when you call her.
  16. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Are you trying to understand why a cat does what it does? Good luck with that.
  17. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    My guess is that it is salt from your fingers on the strings/pickups. Maybe try wiping your bass down after use and see if that helps...Maybe the cat won't be as interested.

    Any cat though that enjoys the bass though is cool with me.
  18. lowsideonacurve


    Feb 24, 2011
    She's only interested in the bridge pickup, licks the plastic cover through the strings. I usually rest my thumb on the neck pickup and play over it. I seldom get very close to the bridge pickup. It's just weird. Like I said before the bass is kept clean. I clean of her lick marks, plus Ive had to clean it additionally because the vibration of the strings tickles her nose and makes her sneeze, blowing cat snot on the bass.
  19. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    I don't know how logical it is to try to find a reason to what a cat does is but this could be it. :p

    I've seen different cats licking people's finger on several occasions.
  20. I had a cat that liked to lick your sweaty feet. they love the salt but BLECCHH!!

    One of my females also plays fetch. Weird as we don't have a dog for her to learn that from.

    I forgot- my male cat is also self-cleaning... if he pukes he eats it all up immediately ;)