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.
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.