At the feline's pace: Scientists create cat-specific songs
Listening to music on a stressful day is almost a therapy. Melodies can even brighten up those dull moments, can't they? In the meantime, I bet you've never seen a cat kick your favorite songs.
Scientists have found that cats may like music, but not ours. According to researchers at the universities of Maryland and Wisconsin, the tunes we like to hear are usually based on the rhythm of our heartbeat, and so are cats.
And not only there are the differences, since the frequency of human vocalization is different from feline. To create something that pleases them, scientists have placed musical arrangements one or more octaves up.
And that worked out?
To prove the musical taste of animals, tests were performed on 47 domestic cats. When human - and conventional - songs were played, none of them drew any reaction. However, when some of these songs were played, the felines would approach the speaker and rub their cheeks to mark territory.
The study was published in the journal Applied Animal Behavioral Science, concluding that "the results suggest that there are more appropriate ways to use music as hearing enrichment for animals." Amazing as it sounds, the melodies are not very strange. What did you think?