"Cat Scratch Fever!" - Ottawa 2002

"These strings are alive!"

Our cat Guapo (Handsome) in his pin-striped suit. He loved to play with the vibrating strings, feeling the buzz and hearing the odd sounds that would come out of guitar amp.


I did encourage him to play and Guapo would sometimes entertain us with his musical concerts. He didn't sound that great but he played with energy! Quality on this is a bit rough, though. I was still a newcomer to Flickr back then.


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  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 3y

    Poco Guapito fue una buena gato. Me sentí muy triste cuando murió.
    Guapo vive ahora en el Internet.
    Muchas Gracias Alma.
    Best wishes to you & yours.
  • Namira68 3y

    LOL!!! Good one.

    Hope you don't mind, I'm so gonna post this at my blog :) Thanks for sharing.
  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 3y

    Hello from Ottawa, Namira. 29, 288 views from people all over the world for this pic tells me that Guapo (my cat) playing guitar in this photo has sparked the imagination of many good people like you. Post this on your blog. That's OK. If you make money from this guitar-playing cat photo . . . then I want my share. If you are posting this only for fun then it's free to use.
    Thanks & best wishes, Namira. Peace.
  • Orcafreak97 3y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cute Felines, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 3y

    I appreciate the many visits, comments and invites very much. Thanks much & Best Wishes, All. Peace.
  • mayo mayo... PRO 3y

    :) meowwwwwww does Guapo already have a good manager?
  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 3y

    As an experiment, I would turn the amplifier on, which was across
    the room. I would brush the strings with a finger and their amplified sounds now came from across the room where the amplifier
    stood. Of course, the buzzes and scrapes of metal strings against metal frets never strayed from their source- the neck of the guitar.
    Guapo would look at the amp, now aware that his 'cat music' was coming from across the room and continue his 'attack' on the strings
    on the guitar's neck certain as he was- that here was the source of the sounds that interested him. I thought that was clever of him.

    Thanks much & best wishes to you & yours. Season's Greetings All!
  • mayo mayo... PRO 3y

    Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer haha clever and guapo!!
  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 3y

    Guapo ate some rat poison at my ex-wife's home and passed away a few years ago. Sandra was very sad about what had happened. Guapo the cat never knew that he would become famous on the internet. I remember him this way.

    Wishing you & yours all my best wishes & season's greetings Mayo.
    Thanks much. Peace.
  • mayo mayo... PRO 3y

    oh no..so sorry for guapo Mikey....I can imagine..is a sad end...this is always a big loss...
    Wish you and your beloved all the best for Christmas and for the new year..
  • milja 3y

  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 3y

    Mayo, You are very sympatico. Very empathetic. I try to think of the many good things I'm grateful for in life. Thank you.

    Mimu, I do appreciate your kind comments.

    Thanks so much & best wishes to you & yours, All. Happy New Year 2013!
  • Vesarat Ch. 2y

  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 2y

    Guapo was focused on the buzzing strings. This was a fun photo session! Thanks much All & Best Wishes All. Peace.
  • Stan Williams 2y

    Cute :-)
  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 2y

    It was an experiment to see how Guapo the cat could possibly play my Fender Telecaster electric guitar. What a good boy he was. He would wait for me by the apt. door when I came home from work everyday. That was Guapo.

    Thanks Very much & Best wishes, All.
  • autumnrich.basketball 2y

    that cat will be a true musican
  • Stan Williams 2y

    ayuo lost Guapo? so sorry..
  • Maria Campbell 1y

    That's very funny. I wonder if the cat actually got any sound out of the guitar.
  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 1y

    Guapo was scratching the vibrating strings of the guitar which was plugged into my amp but turned down low. He got a sound, his sound. Thanks & best wishes. Peace, Maria.
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