Skip to main content

Cats prefer a melodious human voice

gray tabby catCats prefer a melodious human voice. I don't know of any science that supports this, just my own experience. By "melodious" I mean a voice that is agreeable to listen to. Or tuneful. Some people have more melodious voices than other people. One person with a naturally melodious voice is the Presidential candidate, Barack Obama. His voice is more melodious than that of McCain and that is why cats will probably vote for Barack!

Seriously though, cats will respond better to a quiet, pleasant and melodious tone to our voice. A cat will get used to the sound of it and respond to it. If we are then nice to our cat and provide decent food, warmth and some combing etc. our cat will associated our melodious voice with pleasure and a better bond is forged.

If we do not have a melodious voice and mine is not particularly fantastic, I simply lower it and make it quieter. There is no doubt that cats prefer a melodious human voice. This shouldn't be surprising as after all we prefer people with a pleasant voice. The tone of a voice counts a lot in the human world. A voice that is authoritative will be useful in business and politics, for example. Barack Obama's voice is both melodious and authoritative. He backs this up with a good intellect and common sense. A potent mix in politics.

If I want someone to do something for me I ask nicely with a quiet voice. That works better than the more forceful approach (although sometimes the forceful way is the only way!).

Obviously cats are not going to listen to the political rhetoric and the sound arguments but they will respond better to a sweet melodious voice backed up by tender loving care - don't we all? Try it and you'll see that cats prefer a melodious human voice. And that also means that they don't like a household where there is undue argument between people or other aggressive noises like building work, hammering etc. Some cats are more tolerant than other though.

Cats prefer a melodious human voice to Domestic cat

Photo by by unertlkm. This cat is called Necco. He likes to talk. He seems to be listening and looking intently. published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs creative commons License.

Comments

JoAnne said…
Could not agree more. I believe sound is everything to a cat. From what I've seen, they interpret yelling and raised voices as a threat to themselves, making no distinction as to the object of the yelling.

They also seem averse to television programming with guns, sirens, explosions, etc. ps this is the best cat website I've ever seen!

Popular posts from this blog

Cat Ear Mites

Brown gunge. Yes, I know this is a ferret! It does show the build up of dark brown to black ear wax caused by the presence of the cat ear mites in the outer ear canal. This parasite is not restricted to the domestic cat, which makes this photo valid and a useful illustration (I was unable to find a suitable photo of a cat with the condition). Photo Stacy Lynn Baum under a creative commons license. Ear mites (minute crab like creatures) are one of the causes of inflammation of the outer ear canal (scientific term for this inflammation is Otitis externa ). The outer ear canal is the tube that runs from outside to the ear drum (the pathway for the reception of sound), which can be seen when looking at the ear. Otitis externa affects humans and often swimmers as it is called "swimmer's ear" in humans. This YouTube video show ear mites under a microscope. They are not actually in the ear in this video. There are many possible causes of Otitis externa in c

Feline Mange

I'll write about three types of feline mange (a) feline scabies or head mange (b) demodectic mange and (c) sarcoptic mange. The source material is from Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook - the best on the market . Generalised feline mange? Puerto Rico - Photo by Gotham City Lost And Found Feline Scabies - head mange Head mange or feline scabies, is a fairly rare condition in cats, which is caused by the Notoedres mite (head mite) that only reproduces on cats. The female mites burrow a few millimeters (that is a lot) into the skin around the head, and neck to lay eggs, which hatch and lay their own eggs. Their presence and activities causes intense itching that in turn causes the cat to scratch. The scratching will obviously be noticed and it will cause the skin to become red, scratched and worse infected. Symptoms: hair loss and scabs, thick wrinkled skin and grey/yellow crusts form plus the symptoms of scratching. Feline mange (head mange) is contagious and tr

Cat Anatomy

Cat Anatomy - Photo by Curious Expeditions . The picture above was taken at Wax Anatomical Models at La Specola in Florence, Italy. The photograph is published under a creative commons license kindly granted by the photographer. I am sorry if it is a bit gruesome. It is pretty well all I could find as an illustration that was licensed for publication. Cat Anatomy is a very wide ranging subject. The anatomy of a cat is very similar to human anatomy. If you were writing a biology book for students of biology you would go through every part of the a cat's anatomy in some detail. It would be similar to writing a book about the human anatomy. It would be a thick book and pretty boring for your average internet surfer. So, how do you limit such a big subject and make this post meaningful? The answer I think lies in doing two things: Having a quick general look at cat anatomy - an overview and; Focusing on the areas of cat anatomy that are particular to the cat and of parti