Music loving felines are a staple of popular culture – I mean, have you ever seen keyboard cat? However, a new research conducted by veterinary clinicians at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, music can be beneficial for them in many other ways. → HAVE A LOOK AT THE RESEARCH
It all started when Miguel Carreira, lead author of the paper published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, noticed a relationship between the music that was being played during consultations and the emotional state of both pets and pet owners. Most cats, he noted, seemed more relaxed while listening to classical compositions; they became more calm and were more tolerant during clinical evaluations. They were particularly fond of Handel.
After reading about the effects that soothing classical music has on the human brain, Carreira, decided to try it out on cats as well. He believes that promoting a sense of wellbeing in his patients is extremely important, and that this study may help easing the stress of the operation in felines.
12 female cats undergoing a neutering surgery were subject to the test. The clinicians studied them by recording their respiratory rate and pupil diameter at various points to gauge their stress levels. The cats were fitted some headphones and were made to listen three different songs: Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings (Opus 11)’, Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Thorn’ and AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’.
The results showed that the cats were most calm during the soothing classical music. The other songs showed that they were experiencing a more stressful situation. In conclusion, the genre that is played may have an important role in feline surgery, and it may even help reducing the amount of anesthetic used to calm down the patients thus promoting their safety.
Here are some relaxing music for cats and dogs from our channel. Let them listen to it, and tell me if you have noticed a difference in their behaviour and mood!