Do cats like music? What cat owner hasn't tried playing a little Tupac or Rolling Stones for their cat to see if they share a similar taste in music? However, more often than not, cats will act aloof to noise, but apparently pet owners just aren't playing their jam as a team of scientists has created the very first tracks of music for cats.
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created the very first music for cats. The scientists, who are also cat owners, tested three tracks on their cats and recorded their reactions to it. They stated that their reactions where nothing spectacular, but there was signs of noticeable attention and the cats were described as very calm while listening to it.
Why make cat music? The scientists stated two of their motivations:
1. Many pet owners state that they turn on the radio for their pets while they are away and wondered if that had any value to the pets.
2. They developed a theory that animals other than humans enjoy music, but it has to be within the frequency range that the species uses to communicate and using the tempos that the species would normally use.
To create the cat music, the researchers tried to mimic natural cat sounds using sliding notes and high pitches as cat calls tend to be an octave higher than human voices. The tempo of the songs was based on purring and suckling sounds made by nursing kittens.
After the music was made, the moment of truth came. Researchers tested the three compositions on 47 cats of mixed genders and ages in their homes where they would feel most at home. They also played two human music pieces for the cats as a comparison.
During the cat music, the cats were significantly more likely to orient their heads towards it, walk towards it and in several cases, even rub their bodies against the speakers. Researchers took this as a good sign and began to speculate on some of the applications. If they can continue to find tracks that cats approve of, cat music could even be used to sooth some of the world's stressed out shelter cats.
Below is a video made by one of the researchers, Chris Poole, who tested the music on his own two cats Cole and Marmalade. Try unplugging those headphones and see if your cats have a reaction!