Do cats like music? I guess it depends on the music… and the cat. I love to hear singing birds and rustling leaves. They’re music to my ears.
Do cats like music, Thomasina? I’m thinking about leaving the radio on for my cat when he’s inside, and I’m going to be gone all day.
— Music Lover
Hey, Music Lover!
Some cats like music and some don’t. And a lot of it depends on the music and how loud it is.
Baithoven’s Fifth Symphony (Oops! Sorry I got your name wrong, Mr. B. I guess that’s why cats have human typists) could be a bit much for him because it gets really loud. We’re listening to it now, and it’s hurting my ears. But something quiet might be okay. Some cats like soft classical music. Or at least quiet music doesn’t annoy them or hurt their ears.
Those Super-Sensitive Cat Ears
No offense, but our ears work much better than yours do. For one thing, our ears rotate separately. Bet yours can’t do that! Because ours can, we hear the tiniest mouse scurrying through the grass. We can hear dangerous animals coming, too.
Also, we can hear from 45 to 60,000 hertz, while humans hear from 20 to 20,000 hertz. So we pick up ultrasonic sounds that you can’t possibly hear.
Sounds That Really Annoy Cats
Because our ears are so much more sensitive than yours, sounds that you barely notice are really annoying or even painful to us. You know that keyboard that you’re constantly clicking? We hate that sound, and it can even cause seizures in older cats.
Other sounds cats hate include crinkling tin foil; high-frequency “tinny” sounds like fluorescent lights and remote controls; loud sounds, and that includes loud music and blaring television sets; the vacuum cleaner because that high-frequency roar hurts our ears; motorcycles and airplanes roaring overhead.
And it’s not just that loud noises annoy us. A study by the U.S. Army shows that they can actually damage our ears. There’s nothing you can do about the motorcycles and airplanes. But could you turn the radio and TV down to a level that’s bearable for your cat? He’ll appreciate that!
Cats Like Music That Sounds Like Them
Some cats like quiet classical music and soft jazz. But if the radio’s low enough that it doesn’t annoy them, most just ignore it. It can provide white noise though to blot out sounds from outside that might upset your cat.
And did you know this? There’s music made just for cats. Composed by David Teie, the music uses sliding notes and high pitches, and the tempo is based on suckling and purring sounds. You can hear samples of it on Teie’s Amazon author’s page. Now that Beethoven’s Fifth is over, we’re listening to Scooter Bere’s Aria. I sort of like it, but I’d rather hear the birds sing!