In 1992 I lived alone in an apartment and adopted a cat named Jasper. He lived for 15 years before dying of old age. He was my only pet during that time.
Jasper was a large Maine Coon, but without the laid-back personality. He was short tempered and strong willed... But we understood each other. I loved him and he loved me. I used to imagine, in a previous life he was a terrible pirate that was forced to come back as a cat, as punishment.:-)
When I married in 1997, it took years before Jasper fully accepted my husband, and even then, it was probably the guitar that won him over. Alan would pick up the guitar and pluck a single string, and wherever Jasper was he would come running to sit at Alan's feet and tap his tail in time with the music. I've never known a cat to be a devoted music lover, but he was! We had some wonderful concerts, Alan, Jasper and me.
Jasper didn't like people much, but he LOVED other cats. I kept him as an indoor pet because we lived on a busy street, kitty leukemia was rampant, and our neighborhood was full of large dogs. He would have lived a very short life if I let him outside... But you can't explain that to an animal. Sometimes he would sit in the bay window. If a stray cat came into the yard, Jasper would meow and want to be friends so badly he would physically shake. I felt terrible for keeping him isolated, but it was necessary for his safety.
Eventually Jasper passed away and we got another cat, a Bengal named Moki. Moki doesn't care for music one way or the other... His favorite thing is playing "Pillow Fort". Alan will strum the guitar while I arrange sofa pillows into a "fort" for Moki to hide in, pounce on, or knock apart. It's fun for everyone!
One evening we were playing in the living room as usual and I decided to take a few photos. I was surprised on one image to see what looks like an orb flying past Moki. I wasn't aware of it until I saw the photo. (This image has not been modified.)
I don't claim to understand orbs in any way, but I like to think Jasper came back to enjoy the music and finally has a kitty friend to play with. This photo makes me very happy.