Are you the type who leaves the radio or TV on for your pet while you’re away? I know I am! A new article on msnbc.com suggests that perhaps your pet doesn’t always prefer the same music that you like.
According to recent research, animals do have the capacity for music. However, rather than preferring a certain genre such as rock or jazz, animal psychologist Charles Snowdon of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says that animal musical preferences differ from those of humans. The article states that “they enjoy what he calls “species-specific music”: tunes specially designed using the pitches, tones and tempos that are familiar to their particular species.”
Interestingly, the study points out that “human” music is tailored to suit our vocal ranges, heart beats, and tones that we understand. Therefore, animals would prefer something suited to their likes, rather than music that was created for humans.
One study was performed on Tamarin monkeys with music created to align with their faster heart rates and higher-pitched vocal ranges. “The songs sound shrill and unpleasant to us, but they seem to be music to the monkeys’ ears.”
Taking this into account, one company has already begun working on music designed specifically for cats. Dogs are a work-in-progress. Because they come in all different shapes and sizes, it’s not as easy to compose one type of music to suit all dog breeds.
What do you think– would you purchase music made specifically for your pet?
Read the full article on msnbc.com.