I love instruments and currently play Piano and Trumpet, and practice every day. 1 hour for Piano 30 minutes for Trumpet every day. My cat seems to love piano and always purrs and relaxes as I play it. When I play the Trumpet however my cat meows very loudly at me. (very abnormal for him as he is generally a quiet cuddly cat.) I was wondering if he is trying to tell me something. Does the trumpet affect his hearing? If so, what can I do to help him (As I am most certainly not quitting Trumpet.) I would really like to know and if someone has the answer thank you so much.
Loud noises certainly could damage a cat's hearing, but if the cat is staying there meowing at you rather than heading for the far end of the house, that probably isn't what he is trying to tell you. Maybe he just thinks that when you are loud he is supposed to be loud too. Maybe it's just "Don't play with that, play with me!" Maybe he thinks the noise means you are unhappy and he's worried about you.
If you're worried about him, could you practice with a mute, or does that change the trumpet's response too much?