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I have a cat & a dog & the cat likes to curl up in the room when I play the stereo & it doesn't matter what the volume is. The dog usually gets up & leaves when the music starts.
Personality wise, the cat is aloof. In fact the neighbors cat is much friendlier & comes over to great us & play, etc. OTOH the dog is very friendly & well disciplined.
I have a champion pedigree Maine Coon Cat who always listens to classical on the floor, between the speakers, upside down; or, she is on the sofa next to me.
We have a basenji puppy who plays in the family room where the hi fi is. She generally ignores the music. The biggest response I've gotten from her is the first time I played Hugh Masekela's Coal Train (on the "Hope" album) and the vocalist goes "Whoo Whoo" like a train whistle, real loud. She picked up her head, perked up her ears, and looked for the vocalist. Recently, she's found the power amps--Pass X600s, running class A--and likes to curl up on the carpet in front of them for warmth (even in the summer). I live in perpetual fear she will chew my speaker cables--6 meter pair of Audioquest Dragons.
Our 9 year old American Eskimo dog generally hangs with me in the living room where the music system is but is usually oblivious to the music.
Our cat, who died in April, used to really groove with the music, placing himself in a position where he could get a reasonable stereo image; '60s jazz was his favorite.
Our 3 month old kitten likes to hang out where we are, which is often near the music. I had to spend some time, initially, getting him to stop biting the Vandersteens when he heard interesting sounds emanating from them. Now that he's settled down somewhat, he does seem to notice the music but is more fascinated by the images on the tv.
Sek, I am sorry to hear about your loss. It's tough, I know. I lost my cat of 16 years, KoKo, last year. She loved to listen to the music. I think she also saw it as a cuddle opportunity. I have a another cat now, BooBoo,and he is starting to come in and listen. I haven't figured out if he is listening or just sees an inviting lap. BTW, I got tons of scratching posts and trees for him and he has NEVER touched a thing in the house - scratch, bite,etc. He's got his own stuff that he tears into.
Scott, I wish you good times with your cat as well. Time is so precious, isn't it?
p.s. my fish don't care one way or the other as long as their water is clean and they get fed.... (I wish it were ALL so simple! :-} )
I have one dog ( mix terrier/chocolate lab ).She usually sleeps in her own chair while I seriously listen. She eventually wakes up a little anxious to get my attention, but she is patient, as she knows that I will take a break for her to take a walk around the block. She's my best friend.Cats are cool, but a dog's love and loyalty to their master are lifelong and unconditional.
Yellow Nape Amazon Parrot, Bengal Cat, and a generic cat. They all react differently to the different types of music I listen to -- Classical all is mellow, rock -- the cats run and play, and the parrot talks.
Previous to this crew, I have owned a toco toucan, a macaw, and fish -- all were in the stereo room...
They all seem to get along well with music and don't hurt anything...
jojo, chihuahua, total lap dog, doesn't mind the music since he gets to chill with me
heidi, a chi/min pin mutt, much younger than jojo, more restless due to age and general disposition but quickly calms down and finds her sweet spot when a listening session begins
i don't know their ages precisely since they were both rescue dogs i adopted
jojo has been with me almost 5 years and heidi has been with me just over 1 year
they run the show and let me live with them
I had to move my Blue Crown Amazon out of the listening room. His talking, babbling and barking prevented me from enjoying my critical listening sessions. My 20 year old burmese cat, Radar, recently past away, but he was always on my lap sharing the "sweet spot" with me. I also have a 95 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rift (after the Great Rift Valley) he hangs around me (lays by me feet) while I'm enjoying music. He especially likes it when I play music by Three Dog Night, the Wolverines and Temple of the Dog. But he leaves the room whenever he hears Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Jla, you don't live just down the street do you ? There's a tri-colored basset called Baxter and a random-breed called Basil. They mix it with our two Bernese Mountain Dogs if they manage to escape the musical experience being offered to them. They are more interested if it's an AV offering 'cause they seem to watch more than listen. But they do sometimes vote on content by fighting or escaping. Else they disappear into other areas of the house in disgust. Kind of like my wife.
well so far the dogs cats, birds & fish have reported in. Two cats at our house as well; one Siamese (hers) & one Ally cat (mine). On the more exotic side, we also have a female Fox squirrel named (what else) Rocky, who actually is a housepet. She's 8 years old (quite old for a squirrel) has her own bedroom, her own nest-house atop the refrigerator, & her own very large outdoor kennel. She stays indoors for the most part, but does like to go outdoors only when the weather is warm enough. I found her in the yard as a tiny baby, fallen from the nest at age 4 weeks with her eyes & ears still closed. We consulted a wildlife rehabber & attempted to train Rocky for a natural outdoor life, but as predicted when the time came to release her she wanted nothing to do with it. After just 3 days outside it became quite clear that she preferred her indoor life with us, & so she was allowed back indoors much to her relief. She climbs up & down our clothing, rides on our shoulder, plays with toys, has chewed on everything in the house (including one incident involving an expensive speaker cabinet) but nonetheless she's a very unique & much beloved little pet.
Hi Ang I thought I had previously explained that in an email? If not, & for those with a need-to-know, she 'takes care of business' on an absorbent disposable piddle-pad (a puppy-training pad) located on a windowsill. The pad is of course replaced with a new one a couple times per day. Rocky knows where it's located & will make her own way there at times, when we don't pick up on her cues. There have occasionally been a few accidents; ever experience a golden-shower via squirrel? Didn't think so ;-)
Well, you know, Bob, they say that memory is the second thing to go (wink wink nudge nudge....) I forgot what the first thing is....You very well could have told me before, but I find that until I get an upgrade, I am overwriting bits in my brain. WIth this piece of data, I found that I just "lost" my parents zip code.... ;-} aj