Late one Saturday night in Lugo, Spain, a cat decided to throw a house party, complete with music booming from a radio system. As a result, in the early hours of July 25, he awoke an entire apartment complex, prompting neighbors to call the cops.
Late-night home parties in the Ronda das Fontias complex necessitated the presence of the police this weekend. However, no one was home except for the cat this time. At the time, the cat’s owner was out of town on business.
To their surprise, they realized that the cat sometimes used its paws to turn on the speakers and play music. The volume dial would also be fiddled with from time to time. The cat, on the other hand, kept the stereo on a low setting so as not to bother the neighbors. Instead of turning down the volume, he turned them all the way up so that the entire building could hear him.
“His cat has the habit of turning on the musical equipment with the paw and [moving] the volume wheel,” cops told 20 Minutos.
According to El Progresso de Lugo, the man was immediately forced to return home to turn off the stereo system.
Interestingly, neighbors in the Ronda das Fontias hosted a party the night before the cat turned up the sound. Neighbors contacted the police around 12:20 a.m. due to the loud music. Officers responded to the sound of music coming from the street.
They then requested that the music be turned off by the property owner. Officers afterwards filed a complaint alleging violation of the environmental protection ordinance.
Again, the police came to another noise complaint in a nearby home at 4:55 a.m. on Sunday. Residents again turned off the sound, and the police issued citations, according to Newsweek.
As you can see, this weekend appears to have been a hotbed of raucous parties in the neighborhood. Perhaps the cat determined that the moment had come to join in on the fun?
Is it a sign of enjoyment if a cat in Spain decides to turn on the stereo? It’s possible, although cats aren’t generally fond of human music.
Scientists, on the other hand, have created sound compositions specifically for cats, tailoring the sounds to the way cats communicate. Psychologists Megan Savage and Charles Snowdon described the compositions they wrote for cats as follows:
“We have developed a theoretical framework that hypothesizes that in order for music to be effective with other species, it must be in the frequency range and with similar tempos to those used in natural communication by each species,” they wrote.
It was fun to use music specifically written for cats in a Cole and Marmalade video. As you can see, the pieces seemed to have a calming effect on them.