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Cats and String Changing

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Every time.  They hang around, wait for a loose one and try to steal it.  C’mon, they’re steel!  Can’t sink your teeth into those!  

It is kind of cute tho.

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No more cats around the house but, yea, they competed for the elusive strings at changing time. Pet talk - I had a Cockateal that was very loyal, and very jealous of anyone or thing that it determined was a threat to its station in life as my buddy. I'd scratch its head and it would push into my fingers. When I played guitar (finger picking) it would fly to my right shoulder, climb down my arm, perch on my picking hand and nip at each finger as it plucked a string. Not sure, but I think it was jealous of me "scratching" something other than it. Its name was Pepe.

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I love birds.  Use to hang out at a local pet place that had parrots and cockatoos in sort of a big open circle, just to engage.  They like ears and glasses, particularly the temples.  I would have one, but I don’t know enough about them, and they live longer than I would, totally unfair.  For them, I mean.  Cockatiels too, they can go to 25.  Smart as a dog, probably smarter.

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I'm always worried my 19 year old Burmese is going to get her eye poked out, so I try not to change strings during the scant few hours she's up and around; despite being nocturnal she still sleeps a LOT. Whenever I play though she wakes up, comes down and COMPLAINS.

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On 2/13/2020 at 6:04 PM, Idunno said:

No more cats around the house but, yea, they competed for the elusive strings at changing time. Pet talk - I had a Cockateal that was very loyal, and very jealous of anyone or thing that it determined was a threat to its station in life as my buddy. I'd scratch its head and it would push into my fingers. When I played guitar (finger picking) it would fly to my right shoulder, climb down my arm, perch on my picking hand and nip at each finger as it plucked a string. Not sure, but I think it was jealous of me "scratching" something other than it. Its name was Pepe.

 

On 2/14/2020 at 12:14 PM, kwakatak said:

I'm always worried my 19 year old Burmese is going to get her eye poked out, so I try not to change strings during the scant few hours she's up and around; despite being nocturnal she still sleeps a LOT. Whenever I play though she wakes up, comes down and COMPLAINS.

Some critters just have no appreciation for music. smiley-wink I don't remember our dog trying to chew/eat strings but it wouldn't have surprised me. She'd chew anything she couldn't eat.

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I never let my cats change the strings. Leave that to the bears, and get free claw spruce top in the bargain.

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I have had cats my whole life. My kitties have been string changing helpers.

Lots of fun changing string with cats around, it is.

 

 

 

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On 2/14/2020 at 10:14 AM, kwakatak said:

I'm always worried my 19 year old Burmese is going to get her eye poked out, so I try not to change strings during the scant few hours she's up and around; despite being nocturnal she still sleeps a LOT. Whenever I play though she wakes up, comes down and COMPLAINS.

 

My dog, who we adopted when she was about four (so she never "grew up" around musicians like all my previous dogs did) is kind of similar - whenever I start playing, she comes into the room from wherever she is in the house and looks at me in a weird way, as if she's trying to figure out just what the heck I'm doing and what's going on. She's finally gotten to the point where she will lay down after a minute or two, but as long as I'm playing, she wants to stick around, as if she doesn't trust the guitar, or she's jealous of it or something. :idk: I'd love to know exactly what she's thinking... or maybe not. :lol: 

 

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I buy certain unwound string sizes in bulk packs [.009-.013], where they are straight, not coiled up, and they hang over the top of a book case. Every now and then one somehow manages to slide partially out of the plastic sheath bag, and if the cat can get the ball end, it is gone! I will find them kinked and abused in distant parts of the house...

The cat was okay with my playing guitar when she was younger, but I was primarily playing acoustic or unplugged, but if I used the solo PA rig or an amp, she bailed, putting as much distance as she could between the guitar and her. Now, if she even sees me strap on a guitar, she is GONE!

We had a cockatiel, when my kids were young, a yellow one, that would sit on my shoulder when I played acoustically, but she too was not a fan of the amplifier....she was allowed to wander free in our home, the 'boss of the house', and would chase our two Shelties if they came near her, especially when her nesting instinct was raging. At one time, I used a series of delays set to repeat a phrase at various intervals to try to train her to talk, but it didn't work...she was too obstinate to be trained!

The only 'pets' that appreciated my playing were our 'kitchen crickets' at our old house in Chatsworth...they would come out from under the refrigerator and washer and dryer when I played and chirp and dance...I used to have a video of it, pretty odd

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