Cats enjoying something besides sleep?


"Play it again, Sam." (via Thinkstock)

Charles T. Snowden published a paper on Applied Animal Behavior Science's website hypothesizing that cat-appropriate music would...make cats dance? I don't know.

Many studies have attempted to use music to influence the behavior of nonhuman animals; however, these studies have often led to conflicting outcomes.

No kidding. Has anyone ever gotten a predictable outcome from a cat about anything? But apparently, it works. With domestic cats. That are either very old or very young. Sometimes. Here's the science behind their music choices:

In this paper we created species-appropriate music for domestic cats and tested this music in comparison with music with similar affective content composed for humans. We presented two examples of cat music in counter-balanced order with two examples of human music and evaluated the behavior and response latencies of cats to each piece. Cats showed a significant preference for and interest in species-appropriate music compared with human music (Median (IQR) 1.5 (0.5-2.0) acts for cat music, 0.25 (0.0-0.5) acts for human music, P <0.002) and responded with significantly shorter latencies (Median (IQR) 110.0 (54-138.75) s for cat music, 171.75 (151-180) s for human music (P< 0.001). Younger and older cats were more responsive to cat music than middle-aged acts (cubic trend, r2 = 0.477, P < 0.001). The results suggest novel and more appropriate ways for using music as auditory enrichment for nonhuman animals.
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Yeah, totally. If you want to hear this tune, it's embedded at the end of this article. It sounds like post-apocalyptic screeching metal at the bottom of the ocean, which is just about right for my cat.

Sources: Discover | h/t UpRoxx