Creating Music For Cats
There are now islands for cats, but what about music? Dr. Charles Snowden, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin in America has been researching animal music. He has been reported as stating that “we have a very human tendency to project onto our pets and assume that they will like what we like,” and so he is developing music that appeals directly to cats.
Many pet owners leave music on for their pets when they go to work, and he wanted to know if there is any benefit to doing this; and he believes that other species besides humans can enjoy music, but it must be in frequency ranges and tempos that the species normally uses to communicate.
They developed music that mimics natural cat sounds which are typically an octave above humans while also incorporating the tempo of purring and suckling sounds. Once the music was developed they had to test it out.
Testing it out
Snowden and his researchers tested the music on 47 male and female domesticated cats in their homes (I’m glad to hear this, as I am not a fan of animal research). They were exposed to the cat music and classical music like that of Johann Sebastian Bach and others.
They found that the cats moved their heads in the direction of the cat music, or they walked toward the speakers and in some cases rubbed their heads on it. So why do this? Well, the researchers believe that their findings can significantly help stressed out shelter cats that need some extra soothing when exposed to the music or even cats that suffer from separation anxiety. Source: Catnip Times
Researchers hypothesized 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.” They worked with a composer to create music under this framework, combining sounds that cats like and make — purring, suckling, wailing — in pitches and tempos that appeal to cats.
Listen to the Mewsic here.
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