iCalmDog & iCalmCat
Here you will find several frequently asked questions about the iCalmPet products – the music players, the acoustically engineered music as well as the training protocols included with some of the music programs. If you do not find answers here, please feel free to email our Customer Support team (CustomerSupport@iCalmPet.com) with your questions about our products.
Are the Micro sound cards compatible and solid with iCalmDog 3.0?
YES! The configuration and compatibility of our Micro SD sound cards with the player are uppermost in our iCalmDog system design. We use the highest quality media (SanDisk 4 GB micro sd card) that are rock solid and flawless in performance.
Does iCalmDog 3.0 come with a guarantee?
Yep, a full 60 day money-back guarantee.
Will flash drives play on iCalmDog 3.0?
No. iCalmDog 1.0 is for flash drives. You can play flash drives on your computer or any device with a USB port and music player, but iCalmDog 3.0 reads Micro sound cards.
Why music for noise phobias?
The terror that results from noise phobias can be an incredibly distressing, debilitating problem not only for dogs and cats, but also for their owners who feel powerless to help.
Music/sound therapy as a desensitization tool will teach your pet to associate positive feelings with loud sounds rather than feeling fearful, and will help to gradually reduce your pet’s fear when exposed to loud sounds.
When used properly and implemented in conjunction with the behavioral modification protocols included with your Micro sound card, there is an excellent chance of rehabilitating your noise-phobic dog or cat and preventing noise-phobias from ever developing in younger animals as well.
I have a very sound sensitive dog. Which package is best for us?
iCalmDog 3.0 is designed for all sound sensitive dogs. No beeps when battery is low, no sound prompts, and no flashing lights. Works on even the most sensitive canine nervous system.
I already have a battery charger from my 2.0. Will it work with iCalmDog 3.0?
Yep, you’ll love the battery charger with 3.0 as well.
Will my Micro SD cards I purchased for iCalmDog 2.0 work with iCalmDog 3.0?
Yes, it should work just fine in the iCalmDog 3.0.
Is the music different than iCalmDog 2.0?
No. It comes with the same beautiful 4-hours of clinically tested calming music.
Will the battery life be affected by charging it before it is needed?
Yes. It is best to get in the habit of letting your iCalmDog 3.0 deplete it’s battery before charging. And, it is best to fully charge it, which takes about two to three hours.
Can I also use a computer to charge iCalmDog 3.0?
Yes, insert the larger connector into a standard USB port on your computer. Or simply use the adapter that comes with all iCalmDog packages.
Can I play and charge simultaneously?
Yes, you have the option of playing and charging at the same time. To save battery life, we recommend this option when you don’t need iCalmDog to be portable.
Can I use iCalmDog 3.0 myself, or is it only for dogs?
Yes, there are many additional human benefits. You can pair the Bluetooth function with your mobile device and listen to any music you own or are streaming. (Just don’t tell Buster.)
What is the difference between the calming music for dogs and cats?
The use of Sonic Anchoring and Frequency Modulation (explained in detail below) in music for cats.
Recent research by Dr. C.A. Tony Buffington (2011, Ohio State University) reported a primary cause of feline interstitial cystitis (a leading cause of euthanasia) is stress! Change in the cat’s physical environment—strangers, different food, additional animals, loud noises, illness, etc.—is a major contributor. Cats prefer their homes to be stable and consistent. Acute feline stress turns into chronic irritation, manifesting in disease and behavioral challenges.
We bring consistency to cats through sonic anchoring in the music you play on a regular basis for your feline friend.
Why do indoor cats need Stimulation?
The purpose of Stimulation is to provide sensory enrichment for indoor cats. Why is environmental enrichment important? Because without high sensorial activities, your indoor cat’s nervous system becomes chronically stressed. This leads to difficult behaviors and/or illnesses that impact the entire cat household.
Indoor cats are mostly secluded from their innate and vital activity– hunting! Consequently, they ironically fall prey to a slow and debilitating energy starvation resulting from this lack of sensory stimulation. Essentially, this deficit causes the feline nervous system to back up and backfire.
Conversely, the indoor cat’s feral cousins are always busy. Within a large territory, free-ranging cats are naturally curious, always exploring and hunting for food. Interaction with other cats is common, and feral cats are always on the lookout for dogs!
Outdoor cats are active. Indoor cats, however, usually have little to do, and passivity sets in. Sensory environments are known to shape nervous system organization from kitten age up to late-teens. In response to the desire for healthy and strong house cats, research of sensory stimulation to replace external input ramped up in the early 1990s. All signs since point to the importance of environmental enrichment to preserve optimal physical and mental feline health. As per The American Association of Feline Practitioners, “Many behavioral and physical disorders that are seen in cats are often secondary to stress from lack of appropriate stimulation.” These stress-induced illnesses and conditions include: obesity, aggression, compulsive disorders, and urinary tract or upper respiratory infections. These behaviors and conditions often lead to abandonment or euthanasia. This is not what cat owners want. So, what to do?
Environmental enrichment is the stimulation of the brain by physical and social surroundings. With indoor cats, enrichment strategies include animate interaction with other cats, dogs, and people, as well as the inanimate use of toys, physical space (high structures, textures, places to hide), and sensory input (eyes, ears, nose, taste).
In Calming, our goal was to create calm—often in non- consistent environments. proven sonic techniques to slow primary body pulses.
In Stimulate, our goal is to arouse cognitive and physical function. Using the principles of resonance, entrainment, and pattern identification, we go in the opposite direction from Calming. In Stimulate, we employ high frequency instrumentation, complex melodic patterns, increasing tempos, and frequency modulation. It’s like Sonic Catnip for Kitty!
What if I have a Dog AND a Cat?
Dogs and kitties alike often enjoy each other’s music. How can you tell? Observe your dogs and cats. Do they show any preference for either iCalmDog or iCalmCat? You can also mix it up and play both for both species.
What is the difference between iCalmCat Calming and Through a Cat’s Ear: Music to Calm?
iCalmCat is an expanded three hours of calming music specially designed for cats. Also, it plays on auto-repeat on the iCalmCat player. Through a Cat’s Ear Vol. 1 is 1 hour of music and only plays on auto repeat if your CD player is set up for that.
What’s the difference between the dog, cat, and people players?
It’s the sound and music content that makes each player package species-specific. Our cat music is tuned differently than the dog’s, and the people soundtracks sound completely different than any others. Think of the iCalm player as a juke box with easily interchangeable sound cards. One player; so many iCalm possibilities!