By: Mary Beth McAndrews
No, this isn't a joke, this is real album composed by musician David Teie! According to the Music for Cats web site, Teie had a "scientific theory on the fundamental nature of music appreciation by mammals." He believed that every mammal has a biological reaction to sounds, especially in their early development.
With this in mind, Teie started composing music made just for cats. But you would think it's hard to pinpoint what kind of music they like. They can't just open up their mouths and tell you how much they like Adele's newest single. So Teie got to work figuring out what kind of sounds cats reacted to and how he could recreate them with instruments.
On his Kickstarter page for the album, Teie describes his process. He says that "using only musical instruments, I incorporated those sounds and their natural vocalizations into music and matched it to the frequency range they use to communicate."
That's the science behind, and here are the results. According to a study published in Applied Animal Behavior, "the songs elicited positive reactions from 77 percent of cats that heard them." Learn more about their research here.
This video offers a more visual answer to how cats really react to Teie's music.
Teie hopes to make more music for different animal species in the coming years!
This cat doesn't just love music; she loves playing it, too!