Do cats like music?

An owner that loves music would purposely leave the radio on for the pet cat that is left alone at home all day. Another owner would have the pet sit on the bench while he/she is playing the piano. Would the cat be appreciative of the owner’s effort to introduce music into its life? Do cats like music? Various studies on feline behavior as well as amusing anecdotes of pet parents point to the possibility that cats are music fans. It appears that love of music is one of the outcomes of domestication. Cats have adapted to human ways and one of these human behaviors is the appreciation of music.

Cats have very sensitive senses. A cat’s sense of hearing is not as sensitive as its sense of smell. Nevertheless, cats’ sense of hearing is way too sensitive as compared to that of humans’. The satellite dish-like ears of cats efficiently catch sound vibrations. Did you know that a cat’s hearing is receptive to more than 100,000 hertz while humans’ hearing range is a paltry 20,000 hertz? It cannot be denied that the cat’s super sensitive hearing is one of the reasons why these animals are highly proficient hunters. Cats can easily hear the light sound of a scurrying mouse. Cats indeed have very sensitive ears. Is this the reason why cats like music?

Cats have different personalities. Generally, cats appear to like music. Some individuals though would be irritated by musical sounds and other would be indifferent to the rhythmic sounds. When it comes to the appreciation of musical sounds, cats are not too different from humans. While music can be soothing to humans ears, other individuals would be irritated and consider music as nuisance. The same thing is true with cats. Studies have proven that music has a calming effect on some cats. A compilation of music specifically made for cats were played in animal shelters and yielded positive results in calming stressed out cats. Owners aware of music’s effect on cats would make sure that the pet is exposed to musical sounds as often as possible. Music will be continuously played in areas where the pet lounges. With unblinking eyes, the cat would stare at the MP3 player as if savoring the enchanting sound of Debussy’s Claire de Lune. The cat would be an avid audience of the owner practicing on the piano. As mentioned, not all cats like music. Different kinds of music would elicit different reactions from cats. Scientists that have studied this kind of feline behavior have noted that cats typically like soothing ballads and instrumental music. Most cats find loud sounds of heavy metal and the crashing sounds of musical instruments upsetting. It is not uncommon for cats to scamper and hide under the bed or to scurry up the roof as soon as the owner plays music that would practically make the walls vibrate. It appears that certain notes are associated by cats to their own language. It was noticed that the wailing of a violin has the same distressing effect on cats as it is rather similar to the sound created by a stressed kitten. Some notes would cause either sexual excitement or agitation.

Cats have a very discriminating ear because of their ultrasensitive hearing ability. Cats have variable reactions to music. Studies have noted that owners and their music preferences can influence the cat’s choice of music. Cats indeed have adapted to human ways. A cat owner that prefers classical and instrumental music would have a pet that likes the same type of music. Cats develop an appreciation for bouncy tunes if it is the musical preference of the owner too.

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