Study: Classical Music Helps Cats Under Anesthesia Relax

Cat at veterinarian's office

Researchers at the University of Lisbon in Portugal fitted 12 female cats with headphones while they were undergoing surgery for neutering. Veterinary clinicians monitored the animals’ respiratory rate and pupil diameter at various points to gauge their depth of anesthesia. Meanwhile, different selections of music were randomly played for them, each for two minutes: Barber's 'Adagio for Strings (Opus 11)', Natalie Imbruglia's 'Thorn' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. They found that the cats were most relaxed while they listened to classical music, followed by pop music. They were most stressed by the heavy metal music. The clinicians concluded that by using the classical or pop music, it may be possible to reduce the dose of anesthesia and therefore reduce the side effects from it. The study was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. — Read it at Science Daily


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