Monthly Archives: January 2016

High-Pitched Noises Can Cause Seizures In Cats

Who would’ve thought? Crinkling tin foil can cause seizures in cats.

High-pitched noises can cause seizures in cats.

Is your cat prone to seizures? They could be caused by a sound she hears.

If you live with an older cat, you might want to think twice about crinkling tin foil or clanking a metal spoon against a ceramic bowl. These and other high-pitched sounds can cause seizures in cats, especially elderly ones.

Audiogenic reflex seizures (FARS) was first reported in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Other sounds that can trigger FARS are tapping on glass, crinkling paper or plastic bags, tapping on a computer keyboard or clicking the mouse, clinking coins or keys, hammering a nail and even clicking your tongue.

Until recently, no one had even thought there might be a connection between loud noises and seizures in cats. But International Cat Care received so many inquiries from alarmed caretakers, the UK based charity asked neurologists at Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK for help.

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.

The Daily Cat Quote

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
― Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

The Daily Cat Quote

“I’ve found that the way a person feels about cats – and the way they feel about him or her in return – is usually an excellent gauge by which to measure a person’s character” 
― P.C. CastMarked