Meow-sician claws to the top of the charts with album for cats

Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.PHOTO: AFP
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart. PHOTO: AFP
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.PHOTO: AFP
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart. PHOTO: AFP
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.
Cellist David Teie's Music For Cats has risen to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - An album created specifically for cats is being lapped up by humans too, and has topped two classical music charts.

Despite being allergic to cats, American cellist David Teie released Music For Cats, featuring five instrumental compositions, through the Universal Music label last week after raising more than US$200,000 (S$277,295) on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

On the album, Teie's cello playing is accompanied by bird chirping and purring noises based on his theory, researched for two years, that mammals have an intuitive response to sounds present in their early development.

Teie is purring over the positive reception for his feline music, which has climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Music Chart and Amazon UK's Classical Orchestral Music Chart.

"Many of the cat owners have told me they find it pleasing for themselves, too, and so there's a kind of a shared experience for the cats and their cat owners," he said, after a live performance at a cat cafe in east London on Tuesday (Oct 18).