Cats Dry Heaving to Techno Music: What’s the Deal?

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We’ve all seen those videos of cats dry heaving to techno music. But what’s the deal? Are they just really sensitive to sound, or is there something else going on? Let’s explore this phenomenon and try to figure out why our feline friends seem to hate techno so much.


It’s no secret that cats love to groove to music. Heck, there are even entire YouTube channels and social media accounts dedicated to showing off our feline friends bopping along to their favorite tunes. But have you ever noticed your cat dry heaving to techno music? What’s the deal with that?

As it turns out, there are a few possible explanations for this behavior. For one, cats may dry heave to techno music because they’re trying to get rid of hairballs. Hairballs are small balls of fur that can form in a cat’s stomach when they groom themselves excessively. When these hairballs get too big, they can cause a blockage in the stomach or intestines, which can be life-threatening. So, if your cat is dry heaving to techno music (or any other type of music for that matter), it’s possible that they’re just trying to get rid of a hairball.

Another possibility is that your cat is experiencing something called psychogenic alopecia. Psychogenic alopecia is a condition where cats groom themselves excessively due to stress or anxiety. If your cat is dry heaving to techno music, it’s possible that they’re doing it because they’re stressed out and trying to calm themselves down by grooming.

Whatever the reason for your cat’s behavior, it’s important to take them to the vet if they’re dry heaving frequently or if you notice any other changes in their behavior or appearance.

What is Techno Music?

Techno is a genre of electronic music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s. The first recorded use of the word techno, in reference to a genre of music, was in 1988. Many styles of techno now exist, but Detroit techno is seen as the foundation upon which other subgenres have been built.

Techno is generally repetitive instrumental music produced for use in a continuous DJ set. The central rhythm is often in common time (4/4), while the tempo typically varies between 120 and 150 beats per minute (bpm). Beatmatching is a technique that DJs use to match the tempo of different songs so that they can be mixed together seamlessly.

The basic track structure of techno includes a rhythmic pattern based on drums, hi-hats, and basslines. These elements are often combined with synth lead lines, melodic hooks, and vocal samples. Techno is typically produced using electronic equipment such as synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and sequencers.

What is the Deal with Cats and Techno Music?

If you’ve ever seen a cat dry heaving to techno music, you may be wondering what the deal is. Cats are known for being finicky creatures, and it seems that their taste in music is no exception. While some cats may enjoy the sound of classical music or even auto-tuned pop songs, others seem to prefer the thumping beat of techno music.

So what is the deal with cats and techno music? Well, it’s tough to say for sure. Some experts believe that the fast tempo and repetitive nature of techno music mimics the sounds of prey animals, which can trigger a hunting instinct in some cats. Others believe that cats simply enjoy the sound of the music, regardless of its genre.

Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that some cats go crazy for techno music. If your feline friend is one of them, there’s no need to worry – they’re just expressing their unique musical taste!

Cats’ Reactions to Techno Music

Techno music may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it seems to have a strange effect on cats. For some reason, many cats seem to start dry heaving when they hear techno music.

There are a few possible explanations for this reaction. One theory is that the fast tempo and repetitive nature of techno music makes it sound similar to a cat’s purr. This can confuse the cat’s brain and make them think they need to purge their stomach contents.

Another explanation is that the loud, jarring noises in techno music may startle or scare some cats. This can cause them to experience an instinctive reaction called the “gag reflex,” which causes them to retch or vomit.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that cats don’t seem to be fans of techno music! If you’re playing techno music around your cat, be sure to keep an eye on them for any signs of distress.


Based on the research conducted, it appears that there is no clear consensus on why some cats dry heave to techno music. Some possible explanations include:

-The music is too loud and jarring for their sensitive ears
-The music is inducing a stress response
-The music is stimulating their hunting instincts

Whatever the reason, if your cat starts dry heaving to techno music (or any other type of music), it’s best to turn it off and see if they stop. If not, consult your veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

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