David Teie is a lecturer at the University of Maryland, as well as a cellist who co-authored a study about how animals react to music. He composes music to calm and soothe cats, usually without any language. At Meow Parlour in New York, a cat-centric cafe, music is played for it to be enjoyed by all the patrons.
“Any cat person knows that each cat has its own personality and it makes sense that it translates into musical taste,” says Teie.
The cats meander around the cafe and experience the music. Teie say when they purr or go towards the speaker and nuzzle it, it is a sign that they like it. Teie hopes that with his musical study, we’ll be able to better understand them and be able to better care for them.
This cafe playing cat music comes after a University of Wisconsin-Madison study where researchers found that out of the 47 cats tested, none of them responded to the human music. However, all of them became excited by the cat music — some were even rubbing up against the speakers.