Would you believe that are actually CD sales revolving around music for cats? It might sound hard to believe, but there are people who buy CDs online for their pets. Music which incorporates meowing, purring and other such feline noises has quickly gained a lot of fans, states a new study, also claiming that cats have a tendency to enjoy those tunes more which have been created specifically for them.
Charles Snowdon, the lead author of the study, belongs to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In an interview with Discovery News, he said of his study, “Here we found that cats showed orientation and approach behavior toward the speaker with the cat music, often rubbing against the speaker while the music was on,”
His study factors in a particular animal’s hearing range, favorite sounds, commonly used tones & other such factors while coming up with relevant statistics. The study, which sheds more light on animals preferring species-specific music, was impressive enough to gain acceptance publication in the journal Applied Animal Behavioral Science
Snowdon worked alongside his colleague Megan Savage and musician David Teie, who was the one that came up with the music for animals. Snowdon said, “We incorporated tempos that we thought cats would find interesting — the tempo of purring in one piece and the tempo of suckling in another — and since cats use lots of sliding frequencies in their calls, the cat music had many more sliding notes than the human music.”
The study panned over 47 households with the cats listening to the music for animals in the presence of their owners. Snowdown stated he played “human” music for the felines – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air and Gabriel Fauré’s Elegie. (By the way, you can take a look at our classical CD sales here). But most of the cats just ignored the classical music. But when they heard “cat” music, it was evident that the music had grabbed their attention, for they began rubbing their heads against the speaker. However, since a majority of the cats were of mixed breeds, researchers were unable to determine whether certain breed of cats preferred “cat” music more over the other breeds. But their study did conclude that older and younger cats showed more response to music than their middle aged counterparts.
Fact is, the scent glands of cats are on each side of their head, between their front paws and on other parts of their body, and along their tails. So when a cat rubs its body against someone or something, it is trying to claim that object or individual as its own. So here since the cats began rubbing their heads against the speaker, it meant they were trying to claim the music as their own. This was not the case for classical music
Contrary to popular belief, CD sales for cat music is not an unusual concept, and the researchers part of the study believe their work could greatly benefit cats living in shelters, especially those in need of human companionship. A simple Google search will guide you where you can buy CDs online for your feline company.