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Cool for cats vinyl, or not?

As the debate rages, a look at vinyl, cat owners and their pets.

One of the most common questions I get asked when writing about vinyl is "do cats like vinyl?" It's hard to say, but the consensus seems to be that some cats do, some cats don't.

As always, I like to base my opinions and research on actual data, so I've decided to try my hand at this, so here goes:

Here's what I've learned so far: Cats are cats, and they love to curl up somewhere safe.

And that's the gist of it:

If you live in a house or apartment with a cat, then vinyl is a good choice of music medium. In other words, it is safe. The cat can cuddle up on top of the LP (like a kitty blanket), it can be wrapped in a sweater, a blanket, or any other soft, warm item. It can even be kept in a special cat-centric storage box that holds the record on its side.

Cat owners who take care of their cat's ears know that while vinyl is soft enough to be an ear mitten, it isn't soft enough to go inside their cat's ear and damage or scratch the eardrum.

Most cats' hearing isn't great - they hear mostly high-frequency noise, which is why they tend to like loud music, to a lesser extent. You'll hear your cat go into some weird noise-muffled state when you play vinyl - they'll huddle up and purr like crazy. They are reacting to the noise of the record needle being pushed agnst the vinyl. If you find that to be off-putting, just know that your cat might not enjoy all music, all the time, and if it's driving you crazy, your cat's happy to let you buy some cheap headphones.

When shopping for cat-sized vinyl, shop for records that are at least 12-inches tall, but even longer if possible. If you want to limit the vinyl's width as well, it's fine to do so, as long as you can be sure that it's no wider than 2.5 inches (which is an average human wrist). While you're shopping, be sure that you see how you can get the vinyl in and out of your cat's lap. If your cat doesn't climb up or onto it easily, it might be a challenge. Also, make sure that the record player you're buying is compatible with your cat.

You'll want to use the lowest weight of vinyl you can buy. For the most part, you don't want to use anything heavier than 90 grams of vinyl, which is really the weight of one single side of an LP. Heavy vinyl is too heavy, it doesn't spin easily, and it's heavy enough to hurt a cat's paw (or worse). You'll also want to be sure that the vinyl has been in stores for a while before you buy it. It might have been in a lot of cats' laps and have been exposed to the humidity that can come from playing records in the sun. Vinyl stores usually do a good job of checking to make sure the vinyl they sell is in great shape, but it's good to check it out for yourself as well.

Some vinyl stores offer a 30-day return policy, so you can return the record if it doesn't meet your cat's expectations. Don't worry about the cost of return shipping, just remember to have someone else pick up the record to save your butt from getting sued. Most stores won't charge for the return, but make sure they are willing to do so before you drop it off. You'll want to pick out a record you love, but be sure that it doesn't cost too much, after all, the whole idea of this project is to be creative and experiment with your vinyl record collection. Don't spend too much money on it, and be prepared to be a bit disappointed. Remember, you're just getting started, and there are many more choices for you to look forward to when your collection grows.

**Figure 8-1:** Use this as a guide to help you pick out your first record.

Photograph courtesy of iStockPhoto, www.freedigitalphotos.net

Choose a record that appeals to you as a piece of vinyl art. You're not going to be wearing the record in public, so you have the chance to look at the artwork as well. You'll want to make sure the record isn't warped or damaged, and that it plays nice on the turntable. Choose a record that appeals to you, whether it's by an artist you really like or you simply like the look of it. You're going to want to find something that looks good on your shelf.

## Finding Your First Record

If you have some records on your shelf already, you can probably skip this step because you know them all by heart. You can go to your favorite record store to start picking out your first record. A record store offers a lot of selection and can save you some time. But don't discount an online search for your first record, either. Many online stores offer a larger selection than brick-and-mortar stores.

If you're looking to start your record collection with a bang, make sure that you get a record that appeals to you artistically and visually. You'll be playing that record many times over, so you want to be sure that you like the artwork, the color of the vinyl, and how it sounds.

Here's a small example of the type of artwork you might want to seek out:

* _Walking the Dog_ (The Blues Band) by Taj Mahal.

You want the album to appeal to you artistically. Don't like the image of the Taj Mahal in the cover? Skip it and choose another record. If you like the cover, skip this step.

You can get some idea of the cover and vinyl look from this book. Check out some of the covers in the front of the book for some good visuals of vinyl you may want to consider.

* _Big Boss Man_ (Aretha Franklin)

* _Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me_ (Elvis Presley)

* _The Sound of Silence_ (Simon and Garfunkel)

* _The Beatles, Volume Two: Magical Mystery Tour_

You'll also want to know the looks of the records that you can't find on your shelf or in your collection. To give you a visual reference, check out some of the classic, classic records in the back of the book (page 46).

## Deciding on Format

Another important aspect of this list is deciding on the format that you want to purchase the record in. A format can be thought of as the size of the album. It's important to be able to clearly see the name of the record and the title on the cover. On some vinyl records, the artwork shows the name and title of the record at the top, but in some cases, the name may be below the artwork. Sometimes there is a title that extends below the artwork. This section of the book provides examples of various cover art, and the format in which each of the records can be found.

### Vinyl

As with most things, vinyl has more in common with the audio CD than it does with the classic record. You can also check out the Audio CD format in this chapter of the book.

* _The Beatles, Volume Two: Magical Mystery Tour_

* _The Best of the Monkees, Volume


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