Research has shown that cats respond to music. A study at Colorado State University is investigating whether classical music could make veterinary visits less stressful for cats, and it’s been shown that music and sound therapy techniques can calm feline anxiety. My own highly scientific research has proven that cats to not enjoy loud heavy metal, and as a result, I only play this particular genre in my car… A new study recently published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science believes that in order for our feline friends to enjoy music, it has to be species-specific music. When played songs developed specifically for cats, researchers found that the cats showed a “significant preference for and interest in” the cat-appropriate music compared to the two human songs that were used as a control. For more information on this fascinating study, please visit PBS.org.
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we told you why it’s good for you and your cats to cross the challenge line, on Monday, we explored chylothorax, a rare condition in cats, on Tuesday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, on Wednesday, we introduced you to a new book that helps children understand cats better, on Thursday, we covered Operation Catnip, an organization that trains veterinarians to help community cats, and on Friday, we reviewed No Better Medicine: How Caring for Critters Helped Heal the Wounds of the Past.
The cat in today’s video has purrfected the art of relaxation!
I hope your weekend is equally as relaxing!
Image via PBS.org