Why Do Cats Hate Singing? Does Your Cat Hate Your Voice?

a kitten standing on a piano

If you or any member of your family is a frequent singer, you might find your cat becoming enraged or at the very least show signs of discomfort whenever you sing. So, of course, this raises the question Why do cats so hate singing? 

Cats hate singing because it is often loud and at a volume that their ears cannot bear. Singing tones may also be associated with anxiety or previous bad experiences in cats. Cats are natural predators, which has resulted in them developing empathetic hearing. A sound that is quiet to you may be deafening to your cat.

Even although their ears appear to be small, cats have excellent hearing. Research by Rickye S. et al. revealed, “The hearing range of the cat for sounds of 70 dB SPL extends from 48 Hz to 85 kHz, giving it one of the broadest hearing ranges among mammals.” Cats can even detect the almost inaudible sounds, and thus if you start singing loudly or playing music, your cat will become irritated because they are sensitive to noise. You might not realise it, but abrupt singing frightens your cat as well! Keep reading to find out why your cat isn’t a massive fan of your singing.

Do Cats Have Good Hearing?

As humans, we have a decibel limit on what our auditory system can handle. The hearing range of humans differs significantly from that of cats.

Humans can hear between 64 and 23 000 Hertz, while cats can listen to between 45 and 64 000 Hertz. This means that cats can detect sounds that humans are unable to attend to. They even have a more extensive range of hearing than dogs. This could be because cats were predators in the wild before becoming domesticated. Sounds can be heard by a cat from up to 30 feet away.

Another great feature that allows cats to hear well is cats have moveable ears in addition to their hearing range. With ears that can rotate 180 degrees, cats can quickly determine where the sound originates.

Cats’ have large ear muscles (each ear has 32 muscles) that contribute to their remarkable sensitivity to sound. So, for example, singing loudly will feel like a sound amplifier stuck to the cat’s ear.

Reasons That Cats Hate Singing:

Although you may attribute your cat’s distaste for music to a lack of musical talent, there are a few other reasons why your cat may despise your singing.

Singing Is Excessively Loud

Cats have delicate ears, so that that loud singing may cause them discomfort. You may enjoy singing as loudly as possible, especially when you’re in a good mood, but your kitty may not.

The Music’s Pitch hurts their Ears.

The loudness of music may be irritating to your cat’s ears, but the pitch might be equally harmful. When it comes to music, pitch and volume are two separate things, but they can both detract from your cat’s enjoyment of singing.

Your Cat Is Terrified When You Sing

If you start singing unexpectedly, you risk frightening your cat, making him nervous whenever you sing. 

Your Cat Isn’t a Fan of Singing.

Your cat may dislike singing, as simple as it may sound. This could be due to several factors. Your cat, for example, may choose to sit in peace or believe you are continuously talking to or yelling at him.

Your Cat is Bothered by the Movement of Your Lips

Your cat may now despise singing because they dislike watching your lips move. When my cat notices my lips moving too much, he becomes agitated and attempts to attack my face!

Is Singing Scary for Cats?

Cats are frightened by singing. If the song begins abruptly, your cat may become startled. Cats aren’t naturally averse to music. Some people may start singing around cats without warning, which may surprise your cat.

Similarly, startlingly turning on the radio or playing music on your phone can startle your cat. Cats are sensitive to noises, so a loud noise may take him off guard if he isn’t expecting it. It is possible to avoid frightening your cat by avoiding singing or playing music loudly.

Can Cats Have Musical Preferences?

kitten standing on a piano

Likes and dislikes aren’t limited to humans. That has already been demonstrated in this conversation. So it’s possible that your cat isn’t completely opposed to singing; it could simply be a matter of taste.

There have even been soundtracks created expressly for cats. Check out how your cat reacts to one or two of these. You may realise that your pet likes music in general, not just your style. This may appear to be a joke, but it is true. You may need to buy a song collection for your cat!

Based on cats’ natural communication methods, several sounds have been mainly recorded for them. Scientists discovered that cats prefer noises that are distinctive to their species.

Cats dislike noise; therefore, quiet, gentle classical music is ideal for them. Cats also enjoy high-pitched sounds, according to research. Violin, electronic piano, and cello are some of their favourite instruments.

Cats are first exposed to sucking and purring sounds when they are young. These sounds, rather than hip-hop or afro-pop, are what they want to hear.

We all have altered preferences when it comes to music. You must understand that your cat is a unique individual who may differ from others. It’s not true that just because your neighbour’s cat is terrified of singing, yours will be as well. When you sing or play the songs around it, you’ll be able to figure out which music your cat prefers.

You must explore what works best for your cat, and you must not assume that it dislikes music. Each cat is unique, as is their response to singing.

Humans and cats both enjoy something that drives the other insane. As a result, you can’t presume your cat despises your singing because you’ve never sung in front of her before.

Are Cats Interested in Human Singing?

Human singing is not as appealing to cats as the sound of birds singing. In your cat’s opinion, if you’re in a singing competition with a bird outside, the bird will win. Humans sing in a variety of tones and with words that may or may not appeal to your cat.

Birds, on the other hand, appeal to your cat’s ancestral hunter instincts. Your cat may never go outside because he is tamed, but he still has hunting instincts. As a result, a bird’s singing will be music to your cat’s ears (pun intended).

Do Cats Understand Singing?

Cats don’t understand what you’re singing. While it can’t be said whether cats can sense the emotion in your voice when you sing, it’s safe to assume that your cat doesn’t understand what you’re singing.

If you sing a song that includes some common words that cats comprehend, such as no, don’t leap, or food, your cat, may grasp some of what you’re saying. However, because the terms are employed in a sentence that your cat isn’t used to hearing, it’s possible that they won’t notice.

Why Does My Cat Rub Up Against Me When I Sing?

When you sing, your cat rubs against you because the pitch of your voice appeals to them. Even if cats dislike singing due to the high pitch, you can sing in a way that your cat enjoys! You may not be able to pinpoint which angle your cat prefers, but you can tell how much they want it based on their reaction to your singing.

If your cat likes your singing, you’ll feel him rubbing against you and even purring. Your cat may be the only one who will listen to you sings, no matter how talented or horrible you are.

When I Sing, Why Does My Cat Attack Me?

Cats may believe that singing sounds similar to what their prey would make if hunting in the wild. Many animals, especially smaller animals that are prey, emit high-pitched noises. Cats used to go chase creatures that made high-pitched noises when they were in the wild before taming.

To a cat, your singing may sound just like this. When your cat hears you singing, its instincts may kick in, prompting them to attack you. But don’t be concerned. Your cat isn’t trying to harm you!

When I Sing, Why Does My Cat Crawl On Me?

Even when you’re only singing, your cat crawls upon you because he thinks you’re calling him. While you may be rehearsing for your upcoming solo performance, your cat has no idea. Your theme music may be playing in the background, but your cat isn’t aware of it. If you can make eye contact with your cat while singing, he might think you’re calling him to come.

If you’re sitting and signing, it’s only natural for your cat to rush up to you and crawl on top of you. Even if your cat can’t appreciate your singing, they are showing you some love and support!

What Can I Do To Help My Cat Enjoy My Singing Or Music?

  • You have a few alternatives when it comes to playing music for your cat.
  • Most songs include lyrics and singing, but as we’ve already stated, many cats dislike singing. The tone and volume may harm or startle your cat’s ears.
  • You might find some gentler tunes that your cat enjoys, but you’ll have to spend time figuring out what your cat likes and doesn’t like before you can choose different types of music.
  • Instrumental music is the ideal type to play for your cat. Even if you despise classical music, it is calming and at a volume that will not bother your cat’s ears.
  • The music is also steady, so your cat won’t be startled by unexpected bridges or refrains. This type of music is soothing and may even induce slumber in your cat!
  • While out of the house, whether running errands or at work, some individuals love playing music for their cats.
  • Many people believe that it gives your cat’s the impression that they are not alone in the house. Play music gently in the background to help your cat relax and feel more at ease till you go home.


As stated, you may not know until you try. Due to cats hearing sensitivity, cats are not comfortable with a loud noise. However, it would be best if you did not assume that singing irritates your cat unless you have given it a try. Don’t make the mistake of assuming!

Your music selection may offend your cat. However, this does not reduce the possibility that it enjoys music. You can conduct some research to determine what your cat desires.

Having one or two pieces of music composed, especially for cats, is less stressful. Don’t deny your pet the soothing and calming effects of music because you don’t like it.

Keep in mind that your cat can hear sounds that you won’t listen to. Don’t make assumptions; take the time to find out what your cat enjoys. Songs can have a calming impact on cats as much as humans.


Rochelle is a self-claimed crazy cat lady and proud cat mum to Owlie! She has owned, rescued, and fostered cats throughout her whole life. Rochelle created Cats On My Mind as a hub for likeminded cat parents to get all the information they will ever need to give their fur babies their best life!

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