One of our cats was a Siamese and she liked violin music.She would sit and listen as long as a violin was playing. No other instruments got her attention like that.
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My previous cat would run to the music room when he heard a string quartet playing. We realized he’d become deaf when he stopped doing that.
The current cat comes in to listen, too, but like a middle-aged suburbanite, he falls asleep as soon as the music starts.
@yogiboy - I’d say your boxer has good taste.
Without a doubt! I’ve had two pets that listened to my system. My golden retriever, Garbanzo was particularly fond of music that featured the clarinet or saxophone. I suspect that it was due in part to hearing me practice those instruments all day long. My son’s pet parakeet, Rudy would always get very excited and “sing” along with Mozart....any Mozart....ONLY Mozart. I kid you not. My current beagle, Artie couldn’t care less.
I purchased my Pet Rock a few decades ago and according to the little bio provided it was assigned a male gender. I am wondering, given the current societal emphasis on Gender Neutrality (Gender Ambiguity?) if a Pet Rock purchased today would have an identified gender.
Regarding Das Lied von Der Erde, surely frogman is aware that the Composer allowed for the option of baritone or alto...
.....contralto, to be exact. Very interesting question you ask about Gender Neutrality and your pet rock. Given the Chinese poetry origin of Das Lied’s text, the centuries old philosophical appreciation of rocks in Chinese culture should be pointed out as well. One should never underestimate one’s pet rock 😊
I have a customer whose dog could recognize when he played a new piece of classical music that the dog hadn’t heard before. He would come running into the room and stare at the speakers (big SoundLab electrostats) with his head cocked to one side.
Our grey tabby, the late great Gandalf the Grey, liked solo bass guitarist Michael Manring.
Eddy, my tabby cat, is very fond of laid back saxophone. Cello seems be be alright as well. He will often be sprawled out on the floor in front of me.
If it’s anything that is more “intense”, he’ll be on the couch, rolled into a ball with a paw covering his eyes.
Think he maybe trying to tell me something.
Our last hound mix dog Ally used to lay in front of the speakers whenever I played music even at loud volumes. When she was young she once came into the house with a piece of firewood in her mouth and placed it on the lower empty shelf of my audio rack. Always wondered what that was about. Put a nice chink in the wood shelf too:)
This is quite interesting!
Pets listening to music appears to be very common, which is a good thing!
I have a vacuum tube system, all Conrad Johnson. I also run a moving coil cartridge, Lyra Delos.
I wonder if pets can discern between solid state or vacuum tube; or digital vs analog?
Mina does not seem to discriminate against either digital or analog. She likes both forms of music presentation.
Although, she is quite partial to Steely Dan.....
Our cat find my system a rather shocking experience. He is not about to go anywhere near it. If you look at the picture of my speakers you will notice plastic mats wall to wall in front of the speakers. These hold a charge and give the animal a mild zap if it steps on them. Much better than the zap he would get behind those speakers = fried cat. But look at those speakers. Must be scratching post heaven.
We had a Sheltie who was named after Mozart. Wolfie developed a deep appreciation for Schubert. While listening to Schubert's late quartets with me, he would occasionally throw his head back and belt out a sympathetic long, heartfelt howl. On occasion he would show a modicum of approval for Bach. Seemed not to like Beethoven much. Alas, my little buddy is no longer with us. My Aussie Mozzie, who was indirectly named after Mozart, shows no interest at all in music.
Had a cat once who would hop up on top of a speaker. Her ears would go back and forth with the music as if she was conducting. Very amusing.
Great question. I was wondering this too. My cat loves to sleep on top of my speakers while I am playing music. The volume level does not bother him. He has been around music since he was a kitten. He does pick up on music when he is not sleeping, but it is only certain high frequencies which he will turn his head or move his ears.
My Mitsy, a 24 lb white Spitz, absolutely listens. She knows where the sweet spot is: my armchair which she quickly jumps into when I get up to get something, but otherwise right in front.
She responds by twitching her ears and tilting and turning her head.
And, on certain records, she gets up and runs to one of the speakers and starts howling. This is especially true with the overture to Tommy by The Who, which makes her run from one speaker over to the other and back etc.
Since our high end audio speakers are supposed to reproduce up to 20K, beyond what the human ear can hear, I suspect some audio engineers are messin’ with us by putting some dog whistles in the soundtrack.
Poor Mitsy! 😢😂