Friday, November 29, 2019

Music and Pets: What They Love to Listen To

There's a reason pets have been deemed the new millennial babies. With their mood changes and attention-seeking, pet owners are constantly looking for new ways to pacify their companions. Thanks to whoever decided to stick a pair of headsets on their pet, there's one that might just work! And, whatever your reason for adopting this, your pets will be sure to thank you for it!

Different Strokes for Different Pets

Pets, just like their diverse owners have varying preferences when it comes to tastes in music. What works for a cat may not work for a dog. And what your Dalmatian may have found pleasant could be strikingly different from what your neighbor has on their playlist for their Chihuahua.

1)      Canines certainly show a preference for classical tunes - However vicious your dog is, a good jam session of Mozart is guaranteed to reveal their calmest version.
2)      Cats would rather listen to melodies sounding similar to ones they would make themselves. Fortunately, playlists have been formulated for all your cat's tastes.
3)      Female birds were excited by remodeled versions of calls made by their male counterparts. The males, however, didn’t seem to appreciate being tantalized by other males when subjected to the same music.
4)      Horses’ whining, stamping, and kicking are calmed by classical music- the listless behavior observed in horses in stables may be lessened by bringing out your radio for the day and playing a few sets by Claude Debussy. There’s a reason Twilight used his impressionable work, and there’s no reason why you can’t benefit from his genius.

There is a Wide Array of Genres Available to Choose From

1)      Variations in arrangements of classical pieces for specific hearing frequencies of your dog's ears - Records specifically for certain species have been created and soon, breed-sensitive tunes will be in circulation.
2)      Cats are known to be sensitive to certain ranges of frequencies, so CDs accommodating pitches they will be able to pick up have been made available. These are usually made to resemble sounds made by other cats, particularly those sounds that are calming.
3)      Observed monkey calls are modified into a fitting opera of some sort and can be purchased to pacify them when they become listless.
4)      Birds equally prefer listening to their own kind, adaptations of mating calls for certain bird species have been adapted. Upon observing their behavior in response to certain sounds, bird calls are recorded and turned into musicals that can be purchased for your winged friend.

It Really Works and Science Agrees!

Studies have been conducted that support this phenomenon. Animal behavioral responses to specific tunes were recorded and noted by scholars from expert fields in various universities. Some of these include:
        Dogs at dog shelters showed improved moods when exposed to calm music. Studies conducted by a University in Colorado concluded that their general temperament improved when they listened to classical music and they were able to relax and sleep better. As a result, there was a noted increase in numbers of people coming to the dog shelters and actually leaving with an adopted dog since the dog houses were a lot quieter. An opposite effect was induced by faster-paced rock music which agitated them.

        While cats proved slightly harder to please, they certainly showed appreciation for specially adapted records for their frequency range. These tunes closely resembled those cats use among themselves when they are communicating, promoting notable signs of affection in the observed felines.

        The term monkey business now means more than just rascality as music adapted to the simians has been turned into a reputable business. Sounds mimicking tempos made by the monkeys themselves resulted in mirrored responses, with calmer sounds fostering relaxation and increasing appetite, and panicked sounds adaptations inducing anxiety.

        Cattle presented decreased stress levels and increased milk production by 3% in a day according to a study from Leicester University. The resulting calm in the cattle was concluded to be responsible for the increase in productivity.

        Known for their reputation as excellent vocalists themselves, birds know how to show appreciation for a good musical display. According to researchers from Emory, pleasure centers which coincide with those found in humans were stimulated when female birds listened to modified renditions of male bird calls.

Why Play Music for Your Pet?

According to various research work, different tempos evoke varying reactions from animals. A different situation where you might want to turn up the volume a little louder include:

        If you’re going to leave your pet alone at home when you’re going out. Being left alone usually makes pets restless and a pair of chewed up shoes or two. Leaving classical tunes playing significantly increases their level of calm. That’s sure to make you feel a lot less guilty too!
        Pets, just like their owners, are known to occasionally get restless, so for those days when your pet needs to be pacified, a little music is sure to go a long way. And if your pet is calm, the energy is guaranteed to be contagious enough to affect your own mood as well.
        As a small, impressive trick, your pet, frequently trialed in fish species, can be trained to perform a specific action when it identifies a distinct frequency. How cool is that!

Where Can You Find This Pet-Specific Music You Ask?

If you’re not sure where to start, there are tons of websites that have a whole music playlist dedicated just to dogs. Incredible artistry goes into the production of musical tunes that your pet is sure to appreciate. Bring music with you wherever you go, check out the full review on portable players!


Though certainly different from your tastes as an owner, animals enjoy the splendid timbre just as much as you do. A common error to avoid as a pet owner is to reckon that if you prefer a certain type of music, then your pet will be inclined to liking that same type of music as well. You would be wiser to take time to learn what tempos, in particular, your pet companion prefers, to suit their specific frequencies.

1 comment:

  1. We definitely play music for our Gracie and Ava. And the cats at the shelter love when we play special music composed just for kitties. :)


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