Music for cats

By Whisky, the Black & White Cat

Ever since the BBC revealed to the world that the pinnacle of canine appreciation of music is the theme tune of Coronation Street, I’ve been watching the Internet for commensurate revelations concerning feline musical appreciation. But apart from cats’ notorious propensity to extemporise on keyboards, these are uncharted waters, it seems.

Consequently it gives me great pleasure to report that a cellist from Washington DC has recently made a study of what sort of music “turns cats on” — to use a contemporary phrase, albeit one bereft of elegance.

Musician composes music to soothe cats

The results won’t come as much of a surprise to those who listen, willingly or no, to alley-cats carousing by moonlight. What’s remarkable is that, at long last, here is a human being who is prepared to give serious thought to feline musical preferences, even to the extent of planning to write a cats’ concerto.

Of far more importance than the fact he’s writing for cats, rather than dogs, is what he has to say about the nature of musical appeal in general, and the species-chauvinism (specificism?) of human beings in assuming that they alone possess the capacity to enjoy it. An assumption which, if you’ll pardon me noticing, appears to extend to just about everything worth having in the world at large.

One thing worries me about the viability of his project. Far be it from me to volunteer marketing tips to a human being of such insight and accomplishment, but I can count the number of my catty acquaintances with an Amazon account on the claws of one paw.

Not to worry. He can depend on selling at least one CD.

updated: 12:16 11/02/2016