Before I found this project, I’d never have even considered the question of playing music for my cat: it’s just common knowledge that cats don’t care about music—right?
Maybe it’s just what we call music that’s the problem. That’s what David Teie, the cellist and author behind this hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, has discovered—and proven. In 2003, Mr. Teie began working on a universal theory of music to try to understand why and how music has such a profound emotional power over us, and in 2008, expanded that idea to all animals: that what moves us sonically is “tied to the sounds we heard when our brains are developing.”
Thus, for instance, a mother’s heartbeat gives rise to a love of rhythm, and the speed of that heartbeat is the tempo animals find most relaxing.
But he didn’t just leave it as a hypothesis:
The songs elicited positive reactions from 77 percent of cats that heard them, according to a scientific study that was recently published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science. As usual, the cats showed virtually no interest in the human music that was also played for them.
If you’re interested in trying it out with your own cats (and I know I am), you can pre-order the new, improved and enhanced album due in the first week of March, and also buy the songs already composed. Here’s a real-life example: