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Scientists Discover What Music Cats Like

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Albert Schweitzer once said: There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. But what if we created music for cats that they really liked? Many cat owners play music to stimulate or amuse cats while we’re away from home but research shows cats hear music at a different range and frequency than humans. What would cats prefer? Professor emeritus Dr. Charles Snowden of the University of Wisconsin was determined to find out according to The Huffington Post Snowden and his team of scientists proposed in a study;

  • Music is often used for enrichment of animals but results are conflicting.
  • We present a theory of species-specific music and test this with domestic cats.
  • Cats responded more to species-appropriate music than to human music.
  • Species-appropriate music is more likely to benefit animals than human music.

The 47 male and female domestic cat test subjects listened in their individual homes to classical music with and without natural cat sounds from purring, suckling and meowing. The cats showed their preference to the music with the cat sounds by cocking their ears and scent-marking the loudspeakers. The classical music alone elicits little to no response. Playing nature sounds like birds was not part of the study.

The most encouraging news is the potential of playing music cats actually like to reduce stress. The most soothing sounds would be welcome to cats at home, in transit i.e. to the vet or for shelter cats who routinely experience high levels of stress.

How do your cats respond to music, nature sounds or to the samples in the link?

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1,2, 3..Again. I don’t hear purring…


  • Skeeter and Izzy

    We will most definitely have to test this!!!!
    Thank s for sharing!
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo >^..^<

  • Nerissa's Life

    PURRsonally, I find instrumental music mixed in with bird and other nature sounds very relaxing. My whole fur-fam does. And I’m very anti-caterwauling ’cause it usually sounds horrific.

    That reminds me, did you hear my good news? Peep #1’s caterwaulin’ practices have been cancelled for the spring term. Yoo-hoo! YOO-HOO!!! It’s a miracle, for sure.


  • Kathryn

    Wow, that was amazing.

    Ched and Mao are in the beginning of their main sleeping hours, but they both perked right up when I played the first one: Spook’s Ditty.

    Their ears were straight up and pointed, like owls’ ears.

    They slept through the second and third ones.

    Then, I played Spook’s Ditty again, and they perked up a bit, but not like before

    Now I am playing Northsound Songbird Symphony, which has twittering set to Peer Gynt’s Morning. Usually, they love it, but they’re sleeping now.

    The first song really worked. I have the link and will try it again when they are in their prime — afternoon, evening.

  • easy rider

    That was interesting! But I guessed that they like classical music, it totally fits :o) I always howl along when I hear Celine Dion… but my mom has no clue if I howl with joy or with pain :o)

  • Summer

    I honestly don’t know about this – my human played the clips for me but I didn’t respond to them. My own favorite music is the sound of birdies in the outdoors while I’m on my harness and leash.

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