If you look on the internet, you can find lots of videos of cats doing stuff and reacting to different music. Do cats like music just as much as we humans do? Until a few years ago, there wasn’t much research about this topic. Luckily, a study published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science did some digging!
From previous blog articles, you probably remember cats have excellent hearing and they are able to detect an extremely broad range of frequencies. A cat can hear a lot better than you and me! This is ideal to spot that little mouse for example when they are hunting. Cats can hear higher-pitched sounds compared to humans or even most dogs. Researched used this knowledge to find out what kind of music cats would like.
The researchers quickly discovered that pets prefer music that is in their natural frequency range and with similar tempos that they use to naturally communicate with others. Unfortunately, this means your cat probably isn’t the biggest fan of Taylor Swift or another boy band! To test this theory, they composed songs specifically made for cats to fit into their range of hearing. They played these tracks and compared the reaction with playing “human” music.
It was clear the cats showed a clear preference for the music that was made for them and mostly didn’t even bother to show any reaction when listening to the human songs. You can easily find this music on the internet. Try it out and let us know what your cat thinks of these cat songs! Perhaps they just have a different taste of music?
Enjoy the concert!
My Purry Friends