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Friday, November 23, 2012

Lola, the Boombox Cat

Posted by on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Lola digs the bass vibes
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • To date, she's never knocked over a disc (moose painting from Mom)

Lola, my seven-year-old cat, used to like to perch on top of the tallest CD tower—I have three altogether—where she looked for all the world like a grey owl, but that doesn't interest her anymore. For the past few years, my boombox has offered the favored perch by which she can keep an eye on me and the other cat (I named Lola after the Kinks song, Sterling after the VU guitar player).

I never noticed it before, but I don't think it's just the vantage point that appeals—it's the bass vibrations. I use my player for the radio more than anything else. I was listening to KEXP at the time, and she appeared to be enjoying the feel of the vibes. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen her sit on top of that thing when it isn't on. That said, I wouldn't say she's a "music lover" in the conventional, humanoid sense of the term. She never seems to mind anything I play, but she's never expressed a preference either—no, not even for Cat Power.

More music-oriented Lola pics below.

Lola among the CDs
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  • Lola among the CDs, cassettes, singles, and books

She also likes to sleep below the boombox, but I don't think that has anything to do with the fact that music is always playing, but with the comfort offered by the fuzzy lambswool throw (made in New Zealand, much like some of the recordings lined up beside her—the Chills, Garageland, Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, etc.).

Computer cat
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  • Computer cat...sometimes uses desk as scratching post

When I'm sitting in front of my computer, this is what I often see. To her right: yet another stack of CDs, DVDs, and books, with the latest from Black Moth Super Rainbow at the top. Plug! I found out about Lola from Mark Rahner, co-author of this comic book series (Rahner has a couple of her siblings, Ming and Django).


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Cool! Lola is cute. I have a few photos of my (former) cat sitting on top of several guitar amps.
Posted by BallardBoy on November 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM · Report this
Summerisle 2
A cat makes it even better!
Posted by Summerisle on November 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 3
@1 Feel free to post a pic. I have no amps for Lola to sit on, but that sounds like her kind of furniture!
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on November 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM · Report this
Wandergeist 4
When the boombox is on it may be less about the vibes and more about the warmth. In that respect the lambswool throw and the boombox are essentially the same thing to a cat.
Posted by Wandergeist on November 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 5
@4 Good point.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on November 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 6
On second thought, she never sleeps in front of the heater, so yeah: I think it's the bass vibrations.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on November 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM · Report this

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