Sorry, but under the Laws of Blogging, I’m required to post something about cats on Caturday. This arrives from Discovery New:
Music that incorporates everything from purrs to meow-like sounds is gaining feline fans, according to a new study that suggests cats enjoy tunes that are crafted just for them.
The study, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Applied Animal Behavioral Science, adds to the growing body of evidence that many animals respond favorably to species-specific music. This is music that takes into account a particular animal’s favorite sounds, hearing range, commonly used tones and other factors.
“Here we found that cats showed orientation and approach behavior toward the speaker with the cat music, often rubbing against the speaker while the music was on,” lead author Charles Snowdon of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, told Discovery News.
Snowdon and colleague Megan Savage worked with composer and musician David Teie, who created the cat-centric music.
Read the rest of the story here or you can just jump to MusicForCats.com. Here’s a sample of what they’re shilling. In a home office experiment, I played it for one of the bull terriers this morning. She turned up her nose and left the room.
In a related story, fish listen to music, too. They prefer Bach, apparently.
All this bandwidth abuse adds up to the imminent collapse of the Internet, something that could come in as little as eight years.