The Cat Piano Was a Real Thing…and It Wasn’t As Cute As It Sounds

Do you love the gentle meows of kittens or peaceful purrrs of a cat? Then you might think those feline sounds would be music to one’s ears when assembled as an actual instrument…I guess.

The katzenklavier (“cat piano”) was a musical instrument made out of cats. Designed by 17th-century German scholar Athanasius Kircher, it consisted of a row of caged cats with different voice pitches…

Aww, ain’t that sweet?

…who could be “played” by a keyboardist driving nails into their tails.

Oh geez! No!

* Source: Buzzfeed

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