04. July 2009 · 7 comments · Categories: Links, Oboe

According to www.suite101.com’s Jennifer Copley, “Austrian scientists have found that cats appear to prefer instruments such as the oboe and deep bass, as well as male voice choirs.”

I read it here, and I’m really puzzled about the oboe connection. If cats prefer “deep tones to high-pitched notes” how the heck does oboe belong there?

But whatever. It’s always nice to be liked. Even by the animals.


  1. I’ve never met a cat who liked the oboe. One of my cats hangs out in my room all the time but has learned to leisurely get up, stretch, and meander out the door when I get my case out, pretending it’s not because I’m about to play. I think he’s trying to be polite.

  2. I”m wondering if whoever wrote that meant to write bassoon or something. I’ve rarely heard anyone say their cat liked oboe!

  3. My dog likes the oboe…as long as I don’t make any mistakes! 🙂

  4. You mean your dog can tell if you’ve made a mistake?!

  5. Apparently so! The more mistakes I make, the sooner she leaves the room.

    Makes me feel a bit judged. 😛

  6. Too funny, Rachel! Silly judgmental dog! Can SHE play oboe? Can SHE make reeds? Hah!

  7. I’d be willing to bet that the dog is reacting, not to the missed notes, but to the vibes you’re sending out with your reaction to missing a note, or maybe you stop playing and she doesn’t like the interruption in the flow? Pretty funny, though – that’s a perceptive dog one way or the other!