Cats Against Guitars!
April 9, 2014 7:12 PM   Subscribe

I'm fascinated by the tabby-like black eyeliner the great cat on that man's head had. What eyes!

Yes, that man playing the guitar has a car on his head and I just think the car had pretty eyes. That is the remarkable thing to me.
posted by maryr at 7:29 PM on April 9, 2014

Cat playing acoustic guitar hurts me to watch. Save the instrument!
posted by MtDewd at 7:29 PM on April 9, 2014

I've only watched one so far but I'm already guffawing audibly.
posted by Lexica at 7:30 PM on April 9, 2014

I think these cats need a mentor who appreciates guitars on a more historical or vintage level, like Alfie.
posted by maryr at 7:37 PM on April 9, 2014

Mandatory dog link.
posted by rossination at 7:42 PM on April 9, 2014 [2 favorites]

Ok, I lol'd. Strongly reminiscent of my own beast-cat during a job interview on Skype.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 7:43 PM on April 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

That thing where the cat is in an inconvenient place and you say "Cat, you cannot be there" and the cat says "Oh yes I will be here" and you employ a little physical pressure and the cat employs conscientious objection and then you shove a little more and the cat goes limp and then you try to lift the cat from below and then the cat demonstrates that it has four legs and at least 20 claws and yeah, the cat gets to be where it wants to be.
posted by mudpuppie at 8:13 PM on April 9, 2014 [6 favorites]

Now I want to know if there is someone out there who can play guitar while a cat is biting their hand AND a cat is sitting on their head.
posted by rtha at 8:18 PM on April 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

Hello. A Cat has occurred in these proceedings. Please indicate the ways you will investigate this Cat.
posted by angerbot at 8:22 PM on April 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

I heard about the guy from the first video. Apparently when his band plays, the cat shows up and does the same thing on stage.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 9:28 PM on April 9, 2014

I love the sound of a cat's claw sliding along a guitar string. Cat Glissando?
I also love these guys having happy cats.
posted by Goofyy at 10:50 PM on April 9, 2014

The second video is so staged. The cat even winks at the camera at about the 1 minute mark.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:03 PM on April 9, 2014

Now I am beginning to understand Gang of 4 guitar techniques.
-A beetle on its back
-Slapped, smacked by my cat
posted by qinn at 1:55 AM on April 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

I like how the first guy starts out preening for the cam and ends up rocking for his cat.

Also, Italian person with cat playing acoustic guitar, he's obviously not a cat guitarist but a gattarist.
posted by ersatz at 3:07 AM on April 10, 2014

One cat I had would start by getting on my lap and then proceed to bite my hands and the strings. If I succeeded in getting him off me, he would then chase the other cats around the house. It was like some cartoon featuring sucky guitar and a cat whose sole mission was to stop that dreadful noise.
posted by angrycat at 4:03 AM on April 10, 2014

It's not cats annoying us, it's us annoying cats. My husband used to say, "When scientists discover the center of the universe, there are going to be some very surprised cats."
posted by desjardins at 8:27 AM on April 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

The first video is perfectly emblematic of my relationship with my Siamese (who looks almost exactly like his.) I try to do something, she gets in my lap, I try to shoo her away, she says "fuck that, quit playing with that noise thing and pet me" I try to do both, and fail to do either.

Siamese cat wins.

Siamese cat always wins.

(Note the loving respect of the guitar player to not just toss the cat? A sure sign that the cat has learned to control his brain. I speak from experience here.)

Her primary tactic is to wait till I'm in bed working on my laptop and fall asleep on my chest. You have any idea how hard it is to work on a laptop with a cat sleeping on your chest?

Siamese cat always fucking wins.
posted by quin at 11:08 AM on April 10, 2014 [3 favorites]

By way of example, this is what she did not ten minutes after I wrote that comment. Whenever I'm laying in bed, I'm fair game.
posted by quin at 12:27 PM on April 10, 2014

You have any idea how hard it is to work on a laptop with a cat sleeping on your chest?

Pfft. Amateur. THIS IS HOW I LIVE.

Oh god, I tweet a LOT of pictures of my cat sitting on top of me...
posted by maryr at 1:36 PM on April 10, 2014 [3 favorites]

I feel so much better; like I'm a special club I didn't even know existed. The worst part, is that while the Siamese is usually an inch from my nose, I typically have a rat terrier on my foot and another cat stealing my heat from somewhere around thigh level.

And when my wife calls for help with something, all to often I have to just reply back "Can't! Trapped!" which is something that happens often enough to not require further explanation.

All things being equal, I think you win though, that's a big cat.

posted by quin at 2:19 PM on April 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Well, she's closer to the camera than I am. Because she is sitting on my hands.
posted by maryr at 4:40 PM on April 10, 2014

I had a college friend who had a cat, and a small electronic keyboard. When I went over to her place for a small dinner party once, she put the cat in the bathroom to get it out of the way - and, puzzlingly, also put the keyboard in there. "You'll see," she said, in response to our confused looks.

And within about ten minutes, we started hearing random beeps and bips from the keyboard as the cat played it. And then within fifteen minutes, we heard the cat meowing along. "Works every time," my friend said, grinning.

And when my wife calls for help with something, all to often I have to just reply back "Can't! Trapped!" which is something that happens often enough to not require further explanation.

So, Zach was a very good mouser. And thus, a couple times when friends had mouse issues and their exterminator was too busy, they asked to borrow Zach for a few days until the exterminator could get there.

The first time this happened was with my friend Richard, who is not a cat person. He tolerated them, but just really didn't know much about them. And he was intimidated by "this thing has claws and can attack you."

So one day, about halfway through Zach's tenure with them, I got a call from Richard. "What's up?" I asked.

"Oh, nothing," he said. "I was just calling to catch up." That was odd - Richard never calls anyone "just to catch up." But I shrugged and went with it. We chatted for about ten minutes before I finally asked, "Okay, seriously, why did you call?"

Richard hesitated. "Okay," he finally said, "So....when I got home from work, I decided I was just going to lie down for about fifteen minutes for a power nap. Only a minute after I lay down, Zach came into the room, jumped up on the bed, and then lay down on my chest. And I've been waiting about an hour, and he hasn't moved, and I was starting to get bored, so I've been calling people...."

I think it took a couple minutes for me to stop laughing enough to point out he outweighed Zach by several orders of magnitude and could always just push him down. He was dubious because he was afraid of Zach scratching him, and when we hung up he said he was going to wait it out another 15 minutes or so before trying that.
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