You know the street singers, guitar players, or musicians you typically see trying to make a few extra dollars busking? Well, depending on the quality of music and personal charisma of the artist, some places have a culture that isn’t as supportive of playing music on the corner as other places.
Recently, a video made headlines after a man playing guitar at a market of some sort in Pangkor, Malaysia was unaccompanied, with not many people avidly supporting him, until something happened.
Several kittens came up to the man playing music, and they looked up at him and intently watched him play music in a hilarious and cute moment.
A total of four young, three month old kittens came up to the man as he was singing and playing guitar, and they seemed to love the music.
The video was uploaded a couple years ago, and it has since amassed over 5 and a half million views. The man was identified as Jass Pangkor.
A couple comments on the video read:
“From an article I read, which brought me to this video, the kitties only stayed for one song and it seems to me a little miracle. The busker was having a bad day with no one listening. For me this is a little miracle of encouragement.”
“I just died from cute poisoning.”
“I love this! Thanks for sharing it with us. I added it to my “Cats” YouTube Playlist. If I lived near those cats, I would make sure they found a home with a musician. Although, this musician might miss having such an attentive audience! Hehe! >^..^<“
The person who filmed the video later wrote:
“‘My friend just finished his busking on that night but not many people heard him sing. He was feeling upset, then he sits and relaxes and sings the song just for fun.
Suddenly, the kittens (3 months old) come and sit in front of him. It’s like [they] know his feeling and give him support. The kittens be his audience till the end and he thanked the kittens for watching his performance (sic). “
One interesting fact people may not know about cats is that they have extremely good hearing, and they are known to enjoy music. In fact, there are several animal shelters that specifically play classical music, which they observe has a calming effect on the cats.
In fact, there are people who compose music specifically for cats. David Teie, an example of that, has a project titled Music for Cats.
In addition, an independent study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin confirmed that Music for Cats is in fact well received by the animals, as they noted “cats showed a significant preference for and interest in species-appropriate music.”
Believe it or not, from firsthand experience I can tell you some cats love fat bass frequencies. Loud speakers with a lot of bass, cats don’t seem to mind it that music, they even seem to like it, as sensitive as cats can be to everything.