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  1. First one made fluffy look around, but she took notice of all 3, I’ve never observed her noticing sounds specifically before, but that might have been because I wasn’t looking for it. Interesting though!

  2. Cats love music. We hear their music constantly and totally miss it. They purr they chirp to one another too. The music of wind and birds and other animals is beautiful music to them. I don’t honestly think they consider it music but I do know that when the breeze is blowing and bird song is in the air the cats lounge in bliss in their enclosure.

  3. The older Cat listened & watched carefully in the direction of the Speakers, the kitty twitched her ears & started purring. As a hobby-dj who plays electronic Music a lot i can say both of my cats don’t like Techno much (they leave the room), but they enjoy housemusic & they even sit on the Speaker when it comes to trancey tunes. They like Jazz & Classic Music very well. If i sing to a Popsong the older cat starts meowing at me wildly, what could also mean that i better quit singing 🙂 They have different Tastes for sure! I like the Idea of having a CD with Cat Music very much.

    • I’ll have to start playing music. I don’t play music which is ridiculous. I have not tested if my cat likes certain sorts of music. It is nice that your cats like some kinds of music. Does this prove that cats appreciate music – human music?

  4. My cats always seem to like the kitty ditties I make up for them with their names in them. Cisco usually responds to anything catty but he gave me no reviews of the cat music.

  5. Jo, I love your idea of playing music in shelters/ACCs for cats! And I agree — they absolutely do not like rock or any other kind of discordant, loud, aggressive-sounding music. By nature, cats love beauty, harmony, and serenity, making them great afficionados of such music as western Classical, international music which meets the above standards, reggae, etc., all of which we love and listen to on a daily basis. I’ve always been upset by the fact that many ACCs, shelters, and even veterinary practices have horrible music, usually rock, playing in the areas where the cats are; I’ve voiced objection to it at times where it is so loud and offensive that I could hardly endure it, and I invariably get moronic looks from the people I talk to about it. *sigh*

  6. So I just played the samples for my three, they just listened. The one that sounds like a momma cat purring, my kitten was looking for momma!! I will order this when it is available so the kitties can have their own music 🙂 The article is amazing and the research gone into figuring this out is fascinating.

  7. I decided to try the “mewsic” on our kitties.

    They both became afraid with the first two pieces but they really seemed to enjoy the last one “Rocky’s” with their ears pointed in the direction of the sound, and they did start purring a little.

    Our cats truly prefer Bach and Debussy, but are not particularly fond of Mozart. (Go figure). They absolutely do not like hard rock or rap- but they do enjoy reggae.

    I think that cats can definitely hear music and it does make an impact on them. But I don’t think, according to our kitties that at least the first two pieces would be great to play for shelter cats. (Speaking for Dr. Hush Puppy and Sir Hubble Pinkerton- that is)

    • Monty prefers Mozart. He also prefers orchestral to piano music. Sometimes we compromise and hear a piano concerto.

      I recently tried some music that is supposed to help your DNA heal of you meditate while listening to it. Monty definitely reacted to it. I’d need to try it again to see if it was just a fluke– perhaps I played it during a time he would have been active anyway.

  8. I think this is really interesting. Wasn’t there a touching story a few years back about an American tabby Nora, who accompanied her music teacher carer when the children came to their piano practice with her? They filmed the cat playing along to certain classic favourites. A truly talented kitty.
    I recognised early on that TigerLily liked rock music. She would come to listen and sit on a high stool, gripping the edge of the seat with her outstretched claws. Calmly and patiently seeming to enjoy the beat or whatever it is she liked. She was raised by a man for her first 6-7 years I found out recently and so it’s possible he was a heavy rock fan. Queen it seems lol.
    Anyhow I also wanted to say that having just been away for a ŵeek and leaving TigerLily at my fantastic local cattery she definitely had anxiety about me being absent. She was sitting up high on a perch, looking out of her pen with big scared saucer eyes until she realised I was calling her into the run. She came bounding in and threw herself into a dive on the floor rolling over and over smiling and purring at me. Amazing. It had made me tearful the last time when I’d left her and she welcomed me back in the same way. So I was chuffed when she did the same this time too. Since being home she hasn’t left my side, being all loving and snuggling up for cuddles. She seems in delirious ectasy to be back with me.
    So I absolutely think there is a strong bond and trust between certain animals and humans and they in turn miss us or possibly pine for us.

  9. I like the idea of music for cats. But is music a human concept? I don’t know. I don’t think anyone knows. If music is pleasant sounds then perhaps wild cats derive some pleasure from the sounds of nature which they find pleasant. It is just trying to figure out a cat’s taste in music 😉 . Perhaps the researchers are generalising too much. If cats like music then it is likely that individual cats have individual tastes.

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