Animals might be music lovers, but how can we know? Is the ability to perceive and appreciate music a shared human and animal experience?
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Whenever I practice singing, my one cat Ziggy comes out of wherever she was sleeping and sits near me and closes her eyes and just listens and seems to enjoy it. My other cat Reggie doesn't do this, so I can't help but think Ziggy just likes the way I sound and thus likes music.
My house cat Catherine would sit or lay down right in front of the stereo whenever Iron Maiden, Danzig and other heavy metal was playing. Once I played Enya or Enigma she'd walk away and give me this nasty annoyed look. She loved heavy metal for sure.
The way he talks about this "science" reminds me all too much of crazy cat ladies turning on their radio and squealing "See?! They like it!". Also, I've always found that "everything points to the womb" theory to be disgusting and unfounded, a completely unfalsifiable guess that's unworthy of mention outside of ridiculing it.
My cat responds positively (or more accurately, inquisitively), when I play bright, major chords and higher pitched notes on the guitar. She seems to really enjoy A, D, and G major. She doesn't respond as much to minor chords.
Seriously, I have a cat that likes for me to play the saxophone for her. I was surprised. When I play something that she especially approves of she will rub up against me and even rub up against the saxophone, purring all the while. She likes recorded music too. I think the tonality of the saxophone is similar to some vocalizations of cats. My Jazz Cat likes alto sax best, smooth jazz or slow blues, funk not so much. I have two other cats that go to another room. By the way, the Jazz Cat is an orange or ginger tabby. I've seen a couple of others do the same in saxophone videos.
My rabbits and birds like various music depending on each one. Some like certain bands and some certain genders. One rabbit hates flute another likes it. The birds like musicals, European metal, Japanese music and Classical best.
Seems flawed: different people have different musical tastes so maybe some chimps might actually like the taiko music. It's not like StarTrek where all Ferengi are business-oriented or all Klingons love fighting. Furthermore, how representative was each musical sample for its genre?
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