Saturday, December 5, 2020

Cat Music: It’s Real


Spotify, the great validator of what is and isn’t, has a “Cat Music: Calming Sounds for Cats” playlist.

And, yes, it works on our cat.

Below is an excerpt from Smithsonian Magazine from 2015 explaining the concept.

The new study, published in Applied Animal Behavioral Science, concludes that domestic cats prefer “species-specific” music that resembles the tempos and frequencies naturally used in their communications. io9 reports:

"We have developed a theoretical framework that hypothesizes 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," write study authors Charles Snowdon and Megan Savage, both psychologists at the University of Wisconsin, and David Teie, a musician who has collaborated with Snowdon on the study of species-specific music for the better part of a decade. For instance, Snowden and his colleagues propose feline-appropriate music might mimic the rhythmic and tonal qualities of a purr, or a kitten suckling at its mother's teat.

I really love this amalgamation of cat knowledge the internet provides. Now to see if it enhances our relations with the cat.

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