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    Post Scientists designed music specifically for cats

    Scientists designed music specifically for cats, and it is pretty beautiful
    Joana Rothkopf
    March 3, 2015

    A group of researchers (two psychologists and a composer) with truly lovely research interests recently embarked on a mission to create music that was designed specifically for domestic cats’ enjoyment. In the study, published last month in the journal “Applied Animal Behaviour Science,” the researchers write of their hypothesis: “In order for music to be effective with other species,” they write, “it must be in the frequency range and with similar tempos to those used in natural communication by each species.”

    “We looked at the natural vocalizations of cats and matched our music to the same frequency range, which is about an octave or more higher than human voices,” said Charles Snowdon, lead researcher and professor at University of Wisconsin in an interview with Discovery News. “We incorporated tempos that we thought cats would find interesting — the tempo of purring in one piece and the tempo of suckling in another — and since cats use lots of sliding frequencies in their calls, the cat music had many more sliding notes than the human music.”

    Popular Science’s Sarah Fecht reports:

    …the team tested the effectiveness of their feline melodies on a group of 47 domestic cats. The cats were totally not impressed when they heard Gabriel Fauré’s “Elegie” and Bach’s “Air on a G String” (human music, yuck), but when the cat-tailored songs came on, the cats rubbed the speakers with their faces. In cat language, that’s pretty much like shouting for an encore.

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    I locked both our cats in a room at @JustHer's request and made them listen to the music. One perked up a bit on the second one but the other wanted to leave. He has no appreciation for the arts

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