Some cats don't mind it much, but other cats absolutely hate the sound of human singing. You're not alone if you find that your cat starts to go crazy when you sing. According to users on Reddit, this happens all the time. Porkynbasswithgeorge says, "My cats run out of the room whenever I start singing. Cats don't like my loud noises in general." Troublinyotroublinyo claims, "Our cat went mad due to high pitched singing in the credits of Spirited Away."
Is it because you're off-key? Are you singing too high or too loud? Are you singing in the wrong genre? There could be a few reasons why your cat is attacking you when you start singing around them. The key to figuring out why your cat disagrees with your singing lies in you considering the reasons and gauging their reaction to your singing in the future. No one can get a better feel for your cat's responses better than you can!
Cats can hear over a far broader range of pitch than we can as humans. They hear very high notes we can't sense, at over 10 octaves total. According to professional cat consultant Beth Adelman, cats have very sensitive hearing in their middle range. They are able to hear things moving in the walls and very quiet whispers that people can't hear clearly.
When you are belting high soprano notes or singing in your whistle tone, your cat may not enjoy what they hear, even if you're a professionally trained singer. On the other hand, they tend to be receptive to humming or soft lullabies, for example.
Multiple people singing to a cat may be a nightmare. In addition to sensitive ears, cats are sensitive to touch in some areas and can quickly react to things seen moving fast. If you're moving a lot, singing, and feeling new things with your paws, for example, it may just be too much going on.
All cats are unique, but many of them don't care for human music. They may go as far as running away from it if they are sensitive enough. Again, they don't like loud noises but may be receptive to calm, relaxing sounds that remind them more of what they would find among their own kid. Some composers have taken the time to sound design their songs according to what a cat would like to hear. David Teie has a pretty popular song called "Cozmo's Air" that your cat may appreciate!
Are you singing at random and at rare times that may be straight-up confusing your cat? Cats are creatures of habit that do not like a change in their routine. According to a study conducted at the Ohio State University, a change in routine can lead your cat to stress and even increased bouts of sickness. Gradual changes in comparison to abrupt changes in you and your cat's daily routine are better for both of you.
Just like people who have gone through traumatic events, cats can become very sensitive and full of anxiety when it comes to new or alarming sounds around them. If you saved your cat from a previous bad home or no home at all, be very gentle with your cat when it comes to the sounds you allow in your home. Be especially aware of your volume levels, where high volume can really stress a cat out.
Cats are lovely creatures, but don't forget that they are also highly efficient predators. Since they have a heightened sense of sound compared to humans, they may react to your loud and high pitch with their natural animal instincts. You may be inadvertently keeping their prowess sharp in case a pesky rodent enters your home!
Is your cat responding to your singing with a playful bite that doesn't seem to be coming from a place of anxiety or instant? Some cats bite their owners as a sign of affection. A cat nibble can also be a sign that they are soothed by you and want to soothe their oral cavities further by biting on you. Other cats are biting just because they want your attention. Some cats really enjoy it when you sing, especially if it's smooth, quiet, and calming!
Reddit user Tacosarelove told the community, "The biggest fan of my singing is my cat. Does anyone else have a pet that loves it when you sing?" In a reply by Shiroyu, "My cat is obsessed with my voice for some reason, but especially when I sing A Whole New World from Aladdin and Music of the Night from Phantom." It's worth noting that Shiroyu is a tenor, and Tacosarelove posted a cover of her singing very softly and sweetly while holding her cat.
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