It turns out that those selfish, unfeeling furballs we call cats actually have some opinions about music, and while it’s not something any human would necessarily enjoy, it’s not awful.
According to a new study, there’s a particular type of music cats enjoy, but it has to made with the animals’ favorite sounds and take into account their hearing range and other factors.
For the experiment, scientists gathered 47 cats and played two very popular classical pieces for them. The cats were completely unfazed and basically ignored it. Cats don’t even know art.
Then, the scientists played their own custom kitty music — and relative pandemonium broke loose. Cats searched for the origin of the sound and rubbed their heads against the speakers, trying to claim the music as their own. Cats are dumb, you can’t just steal art (wait.).
“We looked at the natural vocalizations of cats and matched our music to the same frequency range, which is about an octave or more higher than human voices,” the author of the study, Charles Snowdon told Discovery. “We incorporated tempos that we thought cats would find interesting — the tempo of purring in one piece and the tempo of suckling in another — and since cats use lots of sliding frequencies in their calls, the cat music had many more sliding notes than the human music.”
But this isn’t just for fun — researchers believe that music like this could help soothe cats in shelters, who are generally prone to high levels of stress and anxiety.
You can buy your own cat tunes here at the official site, Music For Cats.