'I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.’
So said singer-songwriter Billy Joel, but I doubt he would ever imagine that his words would not only apply to music for humans but for cats too.
I must admit, when I first heard about music for cats, I was a bit sceptical. Could this be just another gimmick created by someone wanting to cash-in on the popularity of our feline friends?
Just as science has shown us that music can benefit us humans, for example by reducing anxiety and helping to improve motor and cognitive function in stroke patients, a recent study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery has demonstrated that music can also benefit cats.
But not any old music.