PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Everyone knows people
respond to music. The right
music can energize us or help
us relax. But guess what? Cats
like music, too, and they have
tune preferences. They even
respond to music when asleep.
In a 2015 study published in
the Journal of Feline Medicine
and Surgery, veterinarians
in Portugal played different
music to cats who were being
spayed under general anesthesia. Through headphones, cats
listened to two minutes each
of classical music, pop tunes,
and heavy metal. The researchers noted the cats’ respiratory
rates and pupil diameter.
Not surprisingly, classical
music was the most relaxing;
heavy metal was the least
relaxing. The researchers plan
to study music’s effect on
dogs in the future.
BY ANNIE B. SHIRREFFS
STOP MEALTIME MAYHEM
If you live in a multi-pet home, you know feeding
time can sometimes be a fiasco. Whether you have a
cat who believes all of the food should be his, a cat
on a special diet, or a dog who’s developed a taste for
cat food, now there’s an easy and high-tech way to
deal with mealtime issues without constantly having
to play “food cop.”
The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder uses microchip
technology to control access to the food bowl. When a
cat approaches the feeder, he is identified by either his
imbedded identification microchip or a SureFlap RFID col-
lar tag. Once the cat has been recognized, the lid over the
feeding bowl opens and stays open until the cat leaves,
then closes again.
It’s perfect for multi-pet households where food steal-
ing is a problem or to make sure that prescription food
is eaten by the right pet. The closed bowl provides a seal
that keeps food fresher and keeps pests, like ants, away.
The feeder is easy to program for individual cat recog-
nition, making it simple to use more than one feeder. You
can even customize it with different colored mats and
bowls so you (and your cats) can easily recognize the dif-
ference between feeders. Both the bowl and mat can be
removed for cleaning.
CAT VIDEOS GOOD FOR
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Millions rejoiced when research
told us red wine and dark chocolate had measureable health
benefits. Now you can add cute
cat videos to the list of guilty
pleasures that are good for you.
In a fun bit of research,
assistant professor Jessica Gall
Myrick of Indiana University’s
Media School surveyed nearly
7,000 people to find out how
watching silly cat videos affected mood. Celebrity cat Lil Bub’s
owner Mike Bridavsky helped
distribute the survey.
After viewing cat videos
online, respondents reported
feeling more positive and energetic. They also felt less anxious,
annoyed and sad than before
watching the videos.
So go ahead. Take a break and
watch that cat video. It’s good
BY JACKIE BROWN
Cat videos — like those starring Lil BUB — are good for you!