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01-04-2007 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Datubie
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Cats and hifi

My wife and I love cats, but don't have any because my hifi rig. In current form it is dangerous for little humans (don't have any of those either) & cats alike, with all those tubes and wires hanging about. It is also located in the hall, so I don't have any doors to close to keep kitty away.

Does anyone have practical advise to have both hifi & kitty to co-exist in relative safety?

01-04-2007 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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Don’t look for coexistence but learn from Cats

Datubie,

I sincerely feel that preventing yourself from living with Cats just because “all those tubes and wires hanging” is the most imaginable bogus excuse.

You humans imagine that Cats understand the protocols of inner-human communication and the conventions of human logic but it is nothing could be further from truth. We Cats really do not care not only about your “tubes and wires” but also about you, the two-leg-walking animals who foolishly believe that they run the show.

The question was: what we, the primitive species, who do not have even short tails, could do in order to make Cats to bless our lives with their presence? The answer would be: do not presume that our humane self-entertainment (tubes, wires, kids, etc) worth more worry then the wellbeing of the noblest subordinates of Bast. Let Cats free run across all those cable-elevators, speaker grills and record sleeve. If they destroy a few of them then it is a wonderful opportunity for you, the humans, to reflect what is REALLY important for our lives: the few bucks worth peace of plastic or the acknowledgment of somebody who is truly native, pure, unblemished and ordinal, and the most important - by somebody who can demonstrate to you the REAL value of the things.

Rgs,
Romy the Cat


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
01-08-2007 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Datubie
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Hmmm...
I'm actually concerned that all that high voltage and heat might fry the cat if it accidentally broke a tube.
01-08-2007 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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Dogs think that they are humans, Cats think they are Gods

 Datubie wrote:
I'm actually concerned that all that high voltage and heat might fry the cat if it accidentally broke a tube.
Datubie,

I do not think so. I would not present myself as some kind of specials in feline behavior but I think that our worries that Cats suddenly could embrace human motivation and begin to electrocute themselves are not justified. Many, ~15 years ago I asked my veterinarian if it known that Cats electrocute themselves by chewing through wires. He said that for 26 years that he treats Cat he never heard about it. The same goes to the subject of the “broken tubes”. How many broken a tubes have you even seen? I never saw any, unless I opened them up myself. I think Cats do not give a damn about anything unless it moves or could be eaten. If you do not stick your 845 tube into tuna before you place it in amp I do not think your Cat will even care about it.

When I had Lamms ML2 amps my Koshka loved to sit atop Lamm’s transformers. Furthermore, now, whan I have a hell of lot of tube in my home, she freely walks across my Melquiades amp completely ignoring the tubes. I did not see her doing it when the Milqs are on but I have seen that she was rooming across working Lamms and neither she nor Lamms cared about each other.

A Cat will scratch speaker’s grills. With my current state of mind it sounds like music to my ears but… I have no speaker with grills. When I was younger and stupider in my perceptions of Cats I was trying to make my Cat do not scratch grills. Her doctor gave me Bitter Apple and suggested me to spill it near the grill – reportedly Cats hate Bitter Apple. I did and my Cat, believe it or not, she actually drunk out that paddle of the Bitter Apple. Eventually I was able to override her tendency for grill scratching by finding for her a scratching poll with the very precise granularly (that should be changed while she drop up and her fingers getting bigger.)  Eventually, while I was getting more mature in my relationship with her I realized that it was all unnecessary….

You see, she lives in your hours and this is her home. So, let the Cat to be a Cat and let her to do whatever she wants. How important the $20 worth grill compare to her pleasure to be who she is and to do what she wants. I use to be upset when she broke or destroyed something but eventually I learned to recognize her actions as God’s blessing. What would it be alternative? To live with a creatures who understands, obeys and afraid you?

Rgs,
Romy the Cat


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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JANDL100


Forest of Dean, UK
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Cats and Hifi
A nice pic of Lara and one of my newly acquired Quad 57 esl speakers.



Jerry
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JANDL100


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Actually, she's standing on my Krell KSA50

We both appreciate a big Class A amp!


Jerry
06-12-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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As addictive as it possible to be.
What is the beautiful feline! She looks very noble – as any kitty shell. My Koshka, when used Lamms sometime was sitting atop of the ML2’s power transformers but nowadays, she has interaction with HiFi. Jerry, you would be surprised but looked at your Cat perhaps 20 times since you posted it – for me looking at Cats is as addictive ceremony as it possible to be for any compulsive man.


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
06-13-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Hansi
Oxford
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Cat's Electric Shock
Well our cat puddled on a distribution board and caused the residual current fuse to trip in the middle of the night, so there could be some danger occasionally !


"Musik wird oft nicht schön gefunden,
Weil sie stets mit Geräusch verbunden."
Wilhelm Busch
06-25-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
niklasthedolphin


Denmark
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Cats and HiFi doesn't match
 Datubie wrote:

My wife and I love cats, but don't have any because my hifi rig. In current form it is dangerous for little humans (don't have any of those either) & cats alike, with all those tubes and wires hanging about. It is also located in the hall, so I don't have any doors to close to keep kitty away.

Does anyone have practical advise to have both hifi & kitty to co-exist in relative safety?



I think Cats and HiFi together is a no-go.

I have seen so many equipment part been destroyed because of cat fur.

The most fragile HiFi parts are the mechanical ones.


Let other people have cats as pets.................If you have HiFi you value, keep cats outside with the only purpose to catch rats and mice.



"dolph"

12-31-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
DSH


Moscow, Russia
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The cablechewer cat
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My cat that likes to chew loudspeaker cables. Especially is fond of NordOst flat cables. He is therefore is being kept out of my listening room but should somebody forget to close the door tightly, comes in immediately for cables or to jump on the turntable Smile



Nothing ever goes as planned
05-05-2009 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
JJ Triode
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Callie on Turntable
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Our younger cat, Callie the calico, likes to get on my turntable to get attention.  I had a camera handy and caught her there recently.  Note that the needle is actually playing.
Our other cat Shadow (mostly black of course, we are not imaginative with cat names) also goes up there somtimes, but have I not been ready with the camera then, and I refuse to put him up there against his will.  Some time I will catch him.  He looks a lot like Koshka!
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guy sergeant
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New stylus cleaner
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfTFTI4DvKU
05-05-2009 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


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What is a magnificent creature!
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 guy sergeant wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfTFTI4DvKU

I have to admit that I just watched this clip with the Cat on turntable 20 times and can’t help myself. To me, to watch Cats is the most cherished time in my life. Just to watch a Cat walking across a room is a pleasure of astonishing magnitude but to see this little kitten riding the TT is almost like a wet dream.

Romy


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
05-05-2009 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
JJ Triode
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Almost a twin
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The cat in this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1iKaZ9KKds&NR=1

looks nearly exactly like Callie when she was younger.  (The actual picture I took was too large to upload, though I did email Romy a copy.)
This is a way better use of all those Technics DD than actually playing music on them.
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JOHNR
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Cats and cables
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I have my amps open and made safe from the cats diddling or so I thought.
One day, I am listening to the system and reading a book.
I heard a loud thud and looked up.
There was my poor cat, on its back with all of its paws pointing to the ceiling and completely immobile.
She is dead! how and why.  I rushed across the room to touch her and sure enough, dead.

I sat down next to her and wondered how I would tell my wife.
After about 30 minutes she got up and walked away, a bit wobbly but alive.
She is now 6 years older and no longer chews cables.

She had bitten into the wires feeding the OPT (320 volts)

Nowadays she happily walks across the glowing tubes, does not touch anything.

They learn very quickly and, as someone mentions in an earlier post, if they cannot eat it, they will ignore it.

I should not worry one jot mixing cats with amps, mine are still open. Children are a no-no, amps unplugged when we have visitors.

Regards
John
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