2.High-Frequency Sounds

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Cats can be stressed by loud and disturbing thumps, bangs and clanks. According to Dr. Jill Sackman of Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, the head of behavioral medicine at various locations in Michigan, high-frequency sounds like whistling tea kettles or even our voices can cause anxiety.

Scientists believe cats can hear high-pitched sounds as well as a wide range of other sounds. Kornreich says this means cats can hear many sounds that we cannot.

Cats are born with super-sonic hearing. “Cats are extremely sensitive to sounds and respond quickly to them,” Dr. Amy Learn, a veterinarian at the Veterinary Referral Center, northern Virginia, says. Acute hearing is vital for survival in the wild. She says that cats’ large, funnel-shaped ears allow them to hear in “surround sound” because they are mobile. This makes sense, as cats, which prey on mice and other animals, communicate with each other at high frequencies.

However, what works in the wild may not work well in domestic life. Cats have very few escape routes, unlike wild animals. Kornreich states that cats can feel vulnerable when they are constantly bombarded with noises.

Demos suggests that you be aware of where your cat’s litter box is located to minimize stress from high-pitched and low-pitched sounds. Demos suggests that litter boxes be placed away from water softeners or furnaces. These noises can cause anxiety and can also make it difficult to find litter boxes.

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