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The positive effects of music on cats

Is it possible that certain music relaxes cats? The answer is yes, and it is not just a random answer, but has been confirmed by several scientific studies by renowned experts in animal ethology, who have determined that cats enjoy listening to certain types of music and have even demonstrated a direct relationship between the type of music and the general state of health of the animal.

Science confirms music is good for cats

In particular, there are two studies that have obtained results along these lines. 

The Hermann Bubna-Littitz‘s study: relaxing music for stressed cats.

The first research on the effect of music on cats was carried out by Hermann Bubna-Littitz, professor at the Veterinary University of Vienna, an expert in animal ethology (animal behaviour).

Hermann Bubna-Littitz set out to record a group of cats suffering from stress in a shelter, with the aim of demonstrating that relaxing music could replace drugs in improving their state of health. He found that when a cat likes music, it feels more relaxed. And if it doesn’t like it, it leaves. In other words, he proved that there is a relationship between music and behaviour in cats.

But the study went even further. It concluded that there is a positive correlation between the mood of a person listening to music and their cat. In other words, if a person is relaxed when listening to classical music, their cat will also feel relaxed.

Following Bubna-Litz’s experiment, other studies have confirmed his hypotheses and have shown how classical music helps to reduce anxiety states and increases cats’ resting time.

Charles Snowdon‘s investigation: songs written for cats.

This professor of psychology and zoology at the University of Wisconsin conducted a study with Megan Savarage and American cellist and composer David Teie (a member of the US National Symphony Orchestra) to find out the effect of classical music on cats. He also wanted to see if the cats’ reactions varied according to the type of music they listened to.

Music for cats, David Teie

David Teie composed a series of songs specially created for cats, including sequences that mimic the noise a cat makes when suckling or purring.

Seventy-seven percent of the cats reacted positively to Teie’s specially composed music, confirming that every mammalian species has intuitive biological responses to sounds that are part of their early developmental stages.

Teie’s compositions for cats were compiled into a classical album entitled Music for Cats, on the Universal Music label.

Interested in finding out more about cats’ reactions to music? Check out this video:

And if you have a cat or are thinking of getting one, don’t miss our post on the care it needs. And if you still haven’t made up your mind, discover the benefits that the company of a cat can have for an adult.

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