They say that music soothes the savage beast, so that can apply to cats as well. Even though cats may be wild animals, they can appreciate music just as much as any savage beast can. That’s why cellist David Teie, a soloist with America’s National Symphony Orchestra, released Music For Cats through the Universal Music label last week.
The album features five instrumental compositions of Teie’s cello playing accompanied by bird-chirping and purring noises. If you think music made for cats sounds crazy, then you haven’t seen the research by the University of Wisconsin that was published in the Applied Animal Behaviour Science journal. This paper found the songs elicited positive reactions from 77 per cent of cats that heard them.
The researchers wrote that “cats showed a significant preference for and interest in species-appropriate music”.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that cats like music designed for them. Now we just have to figure out why so many humans create music that doesn’t seem designed to appeal to anyone.