music for cats

Music composed for cats.

Verified by science. For the first time ever.


Hear the music that’s been scientifically
proven to enrich cats' lives.


Purchase songs and pre-order the all-new album.


Find out how a world-renowned composer turned his New York Times #1 idea of 2009 into a groundbreaking company. 


Read About
Music for Cats Kickstarter Campaign


Music for Cats was born from our efforts to bring real, scientifically credible music to as many members of the animal kingdom as possible. Cats were our first choice because they're widely kept as pets, allowing us to easily share music with them. For the last 6 years, we've operated in this pursuit with limited resources. But with the help of the funding from our Kickstarter campaign, we will be able to make our first full album.


Music for Cats is proud to support the Paw Project and its mission to allow cats to keep all of their digits. We donate a portion of our proceeds to animal shelters and to the Paw Project. We also provide our music for free to animal shelters and to veterinary clinics and hospitals that do not practice declawing.


The Science

After two years of research Teie had acquired enough to test his theory.

Music for Cats was born out of David Teie's scientific theory on the fundamental nature of music appreciation by mammals. He contended that every species has an intuitive biological response to sounds present in their early development. Felines establish their sense of music through the sounds heard after they're born: bird's chirping, or their mother's purr. With this premise, Teie composed Music for Cats, incorporating feline-centric sounds and their natural vocalizations and matching it to a cat’s frequency range. An independent study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and published in Applied Animal Behavior verified that Music for Cats resonates conclusively with its audience, writing that “cats showed a significant preference for and interest in species-appropriate music."

photo: Darrow Montgomery

photo: Darrow Montgomery

The Creator

David Teie was born into a musical family, spanning three generation of professional musicians. 


David Teie comes from a long line of musicians, composers and professional instrumentalists. Since 2014, he has been the conductor and music director of Washington D.C.'s premier chamber orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and currently serves on the faculty at University of Maryland's School of Music. His career has spanned performing as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra under Russian maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, acting principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony, where he performed as cellist on Metallica’s 1999 album, S&M. His research has been published in the Royal Society Biology Letters and in Evolution of Emotional Communication. His invention of species-specific music was described by the New York Times as the number one idea of 2009.



  • I work at an emergency veterinary hospital. Today we had a patient in incredible pain. He was on as much pain medication as we could give him, but he just couldn't get comfortable. I put on Rusty's Ballad for him on repeat, and he's currently sleeping. Thank you so much for what you've created!
    — Karey Harris (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Last night, Fisher was going nuts, attacking my feet while we were trying to go to sleep. So my husband put on your cat music and within 10 seconds Fisher was lulled into an ultra relaxed state. It was amazing!
    — Maggie (St. Louis)
  • I've been writing about music for over a decade, so I've received zillions of demos. And dead serious, this has to be in the Top 5. My cat is absolutely obsessed with Cozmo's Air. Total banger. Instant classic.
    — Greg Dona (DJ Friendly Greg)
  • Pearl really enjoyed the cat tunes. The only things she meows for more is her food and the string we use to get her to run around our apartment (she’s a lazy little kitty with a big appetite). When I played the music for her again this morning, this time on my laptop, she stalked around it, rubbing her face against the edges of the screen and occasionally trying to take a bite.
    — Erin McCarthy (
  • My cat has cancer and has just finished radiation therapy. She hasn't been feeling well at all lately so I thought I'd try this. WOW. I'm extremely impressed! She nestled down, pointed her ears toward the speaker listening intently, and then drifted off into a deep (much needed) sleep! I really can't believe it!
    — Maggie G.