A 'Music for Cats' album has topped the charts amid claims of a 'scientifically proven' effect on felines.
The album is the number one best seller on Amazon and number two on iTunes.
Universal Music announced a record deal to sign 'Music for Cats', the first ever major label deal for music aimed at animals rather than humans.
This album composed by cellist with America's National Symphony Orchestra David Teie, has been "scientifically proven" to enrich the lives of cats and provide a calming influence for felines.
He visited a cat cafe in Shoreditch to try out the music on pets.
It is made up of five cat-friendly compositions, this unique collection of sounds and classical music and has just been released.
"We're thrilled to be part of this world-first project and break into the massive untapped market of non-human music fans. > The possibilities are endless for more species specific 'Music For' albums: dogs and horses could all be on the cards. David Teie's creative ideas, passion and solid research has laid the perfect foundation for success and in his words "A hundred years from now people will have to be taught that music was once only for humans."
'Music for Cats' caught Universal's eye after a Kickstarter campaign, which garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding and independently sold over 10,000 copies of the album.
Based at the University Of Maryland, David Teie is a published music researcher and decorated cellist, having given multiple solos with the
National Symphony Orchestra and has even played lead cello for Metallica. 'Music for Cats' was born out of his scientific theory on the of music appreciation by animals.
Felines establish their sense of music through the sounds heard when they're kittens: birds chirping, suckling for milk, or their mother's purr.
David composed 'Music for Cats', incorporating cat-centric sounds and classical elements.
Universal said an independent study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science verified that Music for Cats makes for happy cats.