Music – how it affects animals

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As many studies indicate, classical music has a positive effect on the mood and level of stress in animals. Currently, music is being created, which is composed on purpose for various species, and its effectiveness has been proven.

Although it may be difficult to believe, music is really liked by many different species of animals. Probably that’s why there were cases when people dedicated songs to animals.

According to some researchers, including psychologist Charles Snowdon, various animals like other musical genres. You cannot expect your cat to like jazz music because it is not in his DNA. Nevertheless, there is evidence that classical music can help reduce the level of stress in animals.

It’s amazing that people make music with animals in mind. Especially that playing music dedicated to a given genre is more effective than simply playing classical music.

Music for cats

David Teie, for example, came up with the idea of ​​a project called Music for Cats. It aims to compose a kind of music that will be exceptionally pleasant for our toddlers. Interestingly, in contrast to the singing of people, in the sounds of cats, the tone changes many times.

Based on this knowledge, Teie created a combination of sounds such as purring cats or milk-like ones. Then he combined them together, using the repetition technique, just like when composing songs.

Also, in the past people have sensed that classical music is positively received by animals. This, prompted scientists to undertake research into whether music composed for a particular genre would be even more effective.

Sleeping cat

To prove this, they began by recreating a group of cats composed of music specifically for this genre. Then classical music was recreated to the same group of animals.

Mozart’s composition did not evoke such a positive response as music composed especially for this genre. When playing music, the cats began interacting with the speakers. They rubbed against it and characteristically mewed, which was confirmed by the fact that they are relaxed.

Music for monkeys

The experiments that Teie developed for cats have also been tested on other species. For example, there was someone who composed music for marmoset monkeys, called white-tailed Tamarin.

It has been noticed that monkeys do not react and do not pay attention to music for people but show interest in melodies for animals.

In this case, the musical composition consisted of high tones, such as monkeys. They are much higher than any sounds emitted by people.

That’s why the agitating music caused anxiety in the monkeys, while the calm sounds relaxed them and caused relaxation, as a result of which the monkeys began to eat.


Try and listen music with your pet!