Just wanted to say "thanks" for the Jingle Bells version with bowing instructions...really enjoying it! The cats are still running to other rooms while I practice but maybe they'll be deaf in time!!
My cat likes to come listen and see what I am doing, at least sometimes. She may not stay for long though. Eventually she gets board and wanders off.
It kind of surprised me, that even in my earliest sessions, when I played my worst, she was curious about what I was doing. Not afraid of the noise at all.
My cat likes the sound, especially if I slide my finger up the string, he'll chirp back at the sound. My dogs hate it. My oldest one wants to be by me when I play (just because he wants to follow me everywhere), but he'll lay by my feet and cry because he hates the sound, lol.
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My brother tells me that his dog hates the sound of him playing the violin.
Perhaps at least some cats can tolerate the sound of a violin, while dogs can't take it.
I love dogs, but prefer not to have one while living in an apartment. Cats, however, do not mind apartment living at all, and are much lower maintenance.
I will have to see if my cat responds to sliding a finger up a string. I had not thought to try that. She is often curious as to what I am doing though.
As for animals and allergies, both sides of my family usually had pets around when I was growing up, especially my dad's side. None of us are allergic to cats, dogs, or any other animal that I have come across. Country living, early on, I guess, helps build up a resistance to that kind of thing.