Do Cats Enjoy Music?

Cats and musical instruments go hand in hand like bread and butter, peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, electronic music and ingenuity (?) –catch my drift? The very reason why “Keyboard Cat” became so popular in the interwebs that Current TV even ranked it as No. 2 of their 50 Greatest Viral Videos of all time.

Which begs the question: Do cats enjoy music? As a matter of fact they do. It’s just that they are more discerning and picky than most music listeners. Well, scratch that, all the ‘sheeple’ that feed on mainstream gruel disguised as music! They actually like well-crafted songs that stimulate their brain and senses.

According to the latest study in the journal Applied Animal Behavioral Science, our feline friends prefer ‘species-appropriate’ music. Meaning tunes within their frequency range that are specifically composed using tempos, tones and pitches that are particular to them especially those that they use for communication and interaction (purrs, yowls and meows among others).

“We have developed a theoretical framework that hypothesizes that in order for music to be effective with other species, it must be in the frequency range and with similar tempos to those used in natural communication by each species,” fellow University of Wisconsin psychologists and study authors Charles Snowdon and Megan Savage writes.

In order to prove their hypothesis, Snowdon and Savage enlisted the help of musician David Teie to compose cat-appropriate songs. They then compared the cats’ (47 in all) reactions to the cat-appropriate songs versus that of 2 human centric tracks (Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Elegie’ and Bach’s ‘Air on a G String’) and the results were astounding! “Cats showed a significant preference for and interest in species-appropriate music compared with human music,” the researchers concluded.

Here’s a snippet of a cat-targeted song composed by Teie entitled ‘Cozmo’s Air’:

I don’t know about you but that sounds like electronic music to me! So the next time your cat is feeling down in the dumps, play some ambient electronic music and it will most probably lift its feline spirits! Try it! It works like magic—like catnip or LSD! Either way it works so you’re welcome!

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