The question line pretty much says it all. I'm not asking why, or how to stop it. I am asking if this behavior has generated a term or phrase amongst cat-loving heavy computer users.

From the comments and the two answers, it seems that cats on keyboards (piano and computer) are well known, but that there is no widely accepted term or phrase for the havoc they can wreak. Correct?

  • Don't recall anything specific, thought there are occasional complaints that "the cat must have typed that" when something gets screwed up. And a few decades back it was common for people to come up with humorous lists of "trouble codes" and the like, such as PEBCAK "Problem exists between chair and keyboard".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 0:19
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    You can protest yourself against it bitboost.com/pawsense
    – mgb
    Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 1:05
  • Hot - excellent point on the common riposte ""the cat must have typed that"
    – Fattie
    Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 1:22
  • Damn. That's not really a riposte. I hate when I use the wrong word :/ :/
    – Fattie
    Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 1:23
  • MGB: Just goes to show ya..... no matter what it is, there's an app for that! (btw "protect", not "protest") Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 5:37

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A really terribly clever one would be


If you don't get it, check out trader's lingo (I mean, stock-market traders).

  • Please, do not try to edit questions/anwsers that are anyway quite lighthearted overall. Sure, the whole QA should just be deleted since it's off topic; it is pointless making arcane edits to others bits. Cheers!
    – Fattie
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 17:22

I nominate "Kitten on the Keys," after the 1921 ragtime hit by American composer Edward Elzear "Zez" Confrey. You may listen to it here as you contemplate actual feline computer keyboarding, like the original "Keyboard Cat" (since promoted to a meme) or perhaps this more relaxed style.


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