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The Musical Catfrom: The Complete Cat
Music has the power to sooth the soul, help you relax as well as help to improve developmental brain functions. But this ability of music isn't limited to humans, it can also help soothe your cat. In fact, special mood music has been written by musicians specifically to help mellow out our feline friends.
This isn't surprising at all when you consider that a cat's sense of hearing is substantially sharper than the hearing of a human. In fact a cat's hearing range is between 45 to 64,000 Hz as compared to an average human, which is 23 to 64,000 Hz. Cats have a particularly strong ability to sense sounds in both the low and high ends of the spectrum, which may explain why cats tend to go into their well known "caterwauling" when they hear discordant sounds or music.
Cat's ears can capture many varieties of sounds including distant sounds. The way their ear canal is designed gives a cat the ability to receive and magnify sounds, even faint sounds coming from a far distance. For example, they can detect relatively quiet sounds from a distance of about 30 feet away.
Therefore, with cats having such an extremely good sense of hearing, it seems to make sense that specific types of music will tend to mellow out your cat. There's the sweet, slow strain of a violin most often heard in classical pieces. The sound of a violin is high enough to capture a cat's attention and even act as a sedative.
So what kind of music should you be playing for your cat? Cats have been know to scurry out of the room at the sound of loud music or a blaring TV. Perhaps a good way to determine the type of music your cat will like is to conduct a few experiments. You could start with some soothing classical music and if there's no perceptible reaction, try some cool, upbeat jazz. Animal behavior experts say that loud rock music can actually disrupt a cat's ability to relax.
If you're more interested in helping your cat to relax, consider getting one of the music compilations designed specifically for any pet to appreciate. Professor Hermann Bubna-Littitz, an animal behaviorist at the Veterinary University of Vienna, having studied the effects of music on cats, says that fussy or nervous cats definitely benefit from mood music. The Professor has even put together a compilation of songs, "Music for Cats and Friends" specifically for mellowing out your cat.
Professor Bubna-Littitz's research shows examples of cats seeking out music speakers when soothing music was being played. These cats became quite relaxed while aggressive tendencies became subdued. Professor Bubna-Littitz's CD is electronically synthesized versions of popular tunes including 'Endless Time', 'Coming Home', 'Moonlight Walk' and appropriately, 'Memories,' from Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical, "Cats".
"Relaxation Music for Dogs and Cats" is also a popular song compilation aimed to please your feline. This CD has an hour of music designed to keep your cat or dog relaxed wherever they may be -- at home, in the car, or on their way to the vet. The music can be described as an environmental soundscape and scored specifically in the hearing ranges of both dogs and cats.
Another compilation "Music for Cats…and People Too!" has songs compiled to soothe both humans and cats. This compilation has a variety of musical styles, from ambient and classical, to jazz and natural environmenal sounds and each original compositions was written specifically for the hearing range of cats.
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