Back in 2008, cellist David Teie wrote two songs called “Rusty’s Ballad” and “Cozmo’s Air,” prompted positive responses from 77 percent of cats in a study published in February in Applied Animal Behaviour Science. That’s compared to just 38 percent of cats who responded positively to classical masterpieces such as J.S. Bach’s “Air on the G String.”
Teie’s theory is that music taps directly into our emotional core. It’s no coincidence, says Teie, that our mother’s resting pulse is about the same pace as music we find relaxing, and that our favorite instruments, like the violin, tend to hover around the range of her voice.
That’s how Teie composes music specifically for different types of animals including cats. His goal is to sell music that both cats and humans can appreciate.