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Dec 20, 2007

Let's check in on Nora, the piano playing kitteh

Nora the piano-playing kitteh is up to her usual tricks, interrupting piano lessons with her own compositions and wreaking general ebony and ivory havoc.

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Play faster, Nora, or someone else will be bleen before I get there...

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 03:21 AM

Nora has to be the coolest cat!!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 03:22 AM

I wish someone would buy me her CD for Yule...

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 03:32 AM

I love how, at the end, Nora just rests her head against the keys, as if to say, "Oh, I give up"! Such a cute, musical cat!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 03:34 AM

OK this is absolutely the best. I love how at the end Betsy is treating her like an actual student. I thought Nora might really bust out with the same notes!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 03:42 AM

Standing ovation for Nora and film editor.

green room -teehee

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 04:21 AM

Listen to that purr! Nora obviously loves performing.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 04:41 AM

Cute cat, but jeez lady, at least blink.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 04:42 AM

Nora's playing reminds me of the music from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 04:49 AM

I LOVE this, especially the affectionate purry meows.

Patty P
 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 04:52 AM

I have lots of musical friends and I am sending them this link.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 05:01 AM

Nora has mad piano skillz.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 05:33 AM

So much for kitties on strike! :)

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 05:42 AM

'affectionate purry meows' - comments are as good as the movie. mphh! until i saw her in the green room i didn't realize how chubby she is. er, excuse me, as garfield would say, she is of the large bone persuasion.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 05:56 AM

Sigh. I <3 Nora.

I love her music and I love that squeaky purr.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 05:57 AM

She is so attentive. What is going on in her little kitty brain?

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:06 AM

I luv how she'll play then stop to look for approval. I want a kitteh just like that!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:07 AM

Not to be a downer, but Nora doesn't have much range, yanno?

;) Still cute, tho.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:08 AM

I love the call and response.

Also, check out Nora's face 1:17-1:20; like "you expect me to keep up with that?"

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:14 AM

"intermission" had me ROFL

at first i was thinking how cute, but really it is more than cute. it is extraordinary.

i love the end when she rests her chin on the keys.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:18 AM

This video is a masterpiece! Bravissimo, Nora! You're a superstar.

Thank you so much for posting such a gem...instead of snakes. *ahem*

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:24 AM


Love this!!!!!!! She plays better than me!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:28 AM

I might have been interested in piano lessons if I'd known kitteh duets were an option!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:32 AM

"Cat Like Playing Detected"
I LOVE this!!!! Thanks Betsy & Nora & videographer, and espesche thanks to our Meg for posting. This is a superb video, started my day off with a cheesy grin.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:53 AM

Nice find Meg..
Nora is so wishing she had hands so she could really play that piano.

wonderful thanks again meg
Oh I wish we had a way to check in Nigels family and make sure they are all still with us ........

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 06:53 AM

i had to check out their website. i bought a nora calendar! it's so cute!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 07:00 AM

9poppy, lol - yes does anyone have the phone # for Nigel's house? i really think we should make sure everyone is ok.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 07:02 AM

Wow, she has talent!

Holy Cuteness
 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 07:07 AM

She has the soft touch of a master, the crooked left ear, the sweet scratchy voice, and that glance to her accompianist that says "Ur doin it rong"...reminds me of my own piano teacher.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 07:30 AM

I'd put tips in her jar if she played at my local coffee shop.

Cheryl S
 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 07:43 AM

Nora is a darling AND a musical prodigy! I think she's inventing a new type of avant guard jazz.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 07:46 AM

Hmm....perhaps my kitty girls need a piano?

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 07:49 AM

Does this mean the strike's over?!

Jen Barnett
 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 07:56 AM

Let's chip in and buy Nora a synthesizer! That way she could touch the buttons and make find a whole new range of sounds!

I wanna know how Betsy does it...I've been trying to get Bertha to pick up the mandolin for years, to no avail (she says she's "tone deaf" but that's a cop-out).

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 08:12 AM

You guys! Miss Nora is very talented...really. What fun!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 08:14 AM

nora has her people trained so well.
she is a fabulous teacher.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 08:23 AM

Awww. Cats do such amazing things, and that's why they are one of my fave creatures!

Kate B
 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 08:28 AM

How very interesting!

They say that wild house cats are mostly silent, communicating with scent and body language, only vocalizing when fighting, mating and communicating with kittens.
They hiss to communicate warning to other species like dogs or humans.

On the other hand, tame house cats, especially males, vocalize much more, which is taught to them by the humans who care for them. Humans regularly use vocalization for communication rather than scent and body language, so in order to communicate with humans, tame house cats learn to vocalize regularly.

This tame house cat apparently lives with a piano teacher, and so has learned 2 forms of communication not normal for her species, vocalization and piano.

At the end of the film, the Call and Answer section, the cat plays, then looks to the human for a reply. She attempts several times to involve the human in "conversation" with the piano as she does during the rest of the film.
When it is apparent that the human is not going to participate, she turns her head away and lays it on her paw, and we all know what that means ;)

Sorry for getting all psuedo scientific, this is just what happened when I watched the film...

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 08:37 AM

SO cute! I really wonder what the cat's thinking...

berthaslave: count me in on synthesizer! would love to see Nora's face when she plays it for the 1st time.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 08:40 AM

Awesome musical cat! Combine a whole lot of video of Nora playing different notes with the video editing skills of this guy (http://youtube.com/watch?v=JzqumbhfxRo) and you'll have an instant internet star. The guy in this video cannot play the drums or piano, but recorded himself just hitting individual drums and keys, and used video editing to compose them into a song.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 08:47 AM

Nora is too cool! What a talented bebeh! Love love love that she is so loved and spoiled and they praise and applaud her after she's done playing. "Good job Nora!" Indeed!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 08:57 AM

I wonder if it's worth buying a piano for my tux boys? They've already got the evening dress, they just need the talent.

Hon Glad
 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 09:36 AM

Beautiful, smart and talented! Nora has it all!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 09:36 AM

I *completely* need a piano-playing cat. I don't have a piano but I can figure something out. So amazingly cool!

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 09:40 AM

I thought the kitties are on strike? How come cuteoverload keeps posting pictures of their pets being "cute"? Are we forgetting the poor writers?

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 09:50 AM

If this doesn't make you feel good, then you'd better dial 911!

Anne Boleyn
 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 09:55 AM

Nora is just so dear. I love her.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 09:59 AM

is it not interesting that her favorite note is 'middle c'? c for cat of course.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Nora now will perform "Feline Rondo in the Key of C", a long-lost work by Peter Ilyich Tchaikatsky.

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 10:11 AM

suzi is totally right, it is just like the music on mr rogers

 |  Dec 20, 2007 at 10:18 AM

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