Category Archives: Music And Cats

Spotify’s Playlists For Cats — Real Music To Cats’ Ears

Now your cat can have music purrsonalized just for him with one of Spotify’s playlists for cats.

Is this cat enjoying purrsonalized music from one of Spotify's playlists for cats?

Now your cat can enjoy music purrsonalized just for him from one of Spotify’s playlists for cats.

If your cat could make his own Spotify playlist, chances are it wouldn’t include Lizzo, Billie Eilish or even Mozart. But Spotify’s playlists for cats could be in perfect tune with what your cats like to hear.

It turns out that what’s music to humans’ ears is just noise, and sometimes an annoyance, to cats. If it’s too loud, it can actually be painful.

It also turns out that Spotify likes to listen to the numbers. When it discovered that 71 percent of people who live with companion animals play music for them, it launched its playlists for cats, dogs, birds, hamsters and iguanas.

Not that Spotify’s ignoring people who live with birds, fish or snakes. Birds, of course, make their own music. And snakes and fish don’t hear music of any kind.

Spotify’s Playlists For Cats Tune In On The Way Cats Hear

 

Music To Your (Cat’s) Ears

You know that music you play for your cats when you’re away? It’s just white noise to them. But what they might really like is music for cats by David Teie.

 

Could this kitten be listening to music for cats by David Teie?

Could this kitten be listening to music for cats by David Teie?

If you leave a radio on for your cats when you’re not at home, they probably appreciate the “white noise.” But a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologist Charles Snowdon shows that whatever they’re listening to isn’t exactly music to their ears.

Turns out that species other than humans can enjoy music, but it has to be in the frequency range that species use to communicate and with tempos they would normally use.

Snowdon first tested this theory, suggested by musician David Teie, on cotton-topped tamarin monkeys. While they showed little interest in music written for humans, Teie says they “displayed a marked increase of activity” when they heard music he composed just for them.

As he explains it on his website, “all mammals are born with templates of sound in the brain that govern emotional response. Many of these templates come as ‘standard equipment’ and are not always learned…

“If someone were to scream in your presence your heart rate would increase; there is no way for you to prevent it. You would not, however, respond similarly to the alarm call of a squirrel.