Well it’s about time.
We all know how therapeutic music can be. So why shouldn’t it work for our furry best friends? Sadly, most pets aren’t usually a fan of people music. However, research has shown that certain melodies have a positive effect on cats!
No, I’m not talking about Jingle Cats. That’s a whole other ball of yarn.
In this experiment, which you can experience the results from at Music For Cats, tunes were created following the tempos of things cats would find pleasing or interesting. Just like humans respond to words and sounds we enjoy, cats were found to respond the same way to music mixed in with purrs, meows, and other cat noises (even suckling from their mothers).
“Here we found that cats showed orientation and approach behaviour toward the speaker with the cat music, often rubbing against the speaker while the music was on,” Charles Snowdon, lead author of the University of Wisconsin study, told Discovery News.
The 47 cats didn’t respond to human music, but when the cat music started, they became excited, even rubbing up against the speakers!
This is a wonderful discovery, and could help calm shelter cats, as well as cats visiting the vet or a boarding home.
Music really DOES soothe the savage beast!
I won’t keep you any longer…go forth, and listen to the sweet sounds of Music For Cats!