Through a Cat’s Ear
A breakthrough in Feline Music & Sound Therapy
If your cat is stressed or fearful, howls, fights or has difficulty settling and sleeping, now you have a tool to help–without resorting to pharmaceuticals.
The Through a Cat’s Ear: Music for Calming series is specifically designed for the feline household. Building on the clinically demonstrated Through a Dog’s Ear programs, Cat’s Ear music addresses the need for environmental consistency. Sonic anchoring–a repeating melodic interlude–brings a sense of constancy and familiarity that is necessary for your cat’s health.
This soundtrack employs bioacoustic principles including resonance, entrainment, pattern identification, and frequency modulation–all woven into beautiful piano soundtracks.
Music for Calming is recommended during these situations:
New baby or pet
Illness & recovery
Pre- & post-surgery
Poor elimination behaviors
Final stages of life
Through a Cat’s Ear is rearranged classical music that you can enjoy with your furry companion–and, most importantly, will help your “best friend” live a happier and healthier life.
Why Music for Cats?
Since the 2008 release of Through a Dog’s Ear music, requests for music specially designed for cats have been constant. As a research-based organization, we’ve demurred; there has been scarce scientific examination of music and sound with cats. However, recent research by Dr. C.A. Tony Buffington (2011, Ohio State University) caught my attention. While studying feline interstitial cystitis (a leading cause of euthanasia), researchers discovered a primary cause of this ailment: 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.
This CD is designed to reduce stress in a chaotic or unsettling environment. My sonic toolkit originates from sound therapies with neurodevelopmentally-challenged humans in which tone, tempo, and pattern are considered. Frequency ranges have been adjusted to a cat’s auditory range and a new technique called sonic anchoring is included.
– Joshua Leeds, producer
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– Continuous play (automatic looping of micro SD sound card as long as player has a charge)
– All iCalmPet micro SD sound cards are interchangeable (Dog, Cat, and People titles play on all 4.0 models)
– Bluetooth-ready (see Control Set below for pairing instructions)
How to use the 4.0 Player
Here you will find technical information about the 4.0 model, as identified by label affixed to the player, to the right of the charging port.
If you do not find answers here, please feel free to email our Customer Support team (CustomerSupport@iCalmPet.com) with your questions about iCalmPet products. We are unable to advise on products and services not directly affiliated with iCalmPet.
CONTROL SET / TOP LIGHT
The Control set is located on the bottom of player.
Buttons are activated with a SHORT PRESS [one second]
or a LONG PRESS [three seconds].
Top Light Colors denote various functions, as indicated below.
POWER / PAUSE
ON – Long press. Top light will appear.
(solid light indicates Sound Card mode, Flashing indicates Bluetooth mode)
PAUSE – Short press. Top light will remain solid.
(must be powered on for PAUSE feature to be activated)
OFF – Long press. Top light will go out.
SOUND CARD – Short press.
Steady violet light.
BLUETOOTH – Short press.
Blinking blue light; waiting to pair.
Steady blue light; connected.
VOLUME / TRACKS
INCREASE VOLUME – Long press right button (+)
DECREASE VOLUME – Long press left button (-)
NEXT TRACK – Short press right button (+)
PREVIOUS TRACK – Short press left button (-)
SOUND CARD & POWER PORT
INSERT – With title (printed initials) and gold bars facing UP, gently insert micro SD sound card into sound card slot and press with finger/thumb nail to lock into place.
EJECT – To remove, press and release edge of sound card with finger/thumb nail.
CHARGING THE PLAYER
– To charge the player, insert small end of charging cord into the power port and insert the larger end (USB) of the charging cord into wall adapter or other USB power port. Top red light will display when successful connection is made.
– Charge the player until top red light goes out (45 minutes to 3 hours for full charge).
– Note: keeping player connected to a power source for extended periods may degrade lithium-ion battery life.
I can’t get my player to turn on!
Don’t panic! Try the following:
Press and hold the power button for THREE seconds. This is a “long press” – see Control Set and instructions above.
If your player still won’t turn on, please contact us. We’ll need you to provide your original order number and will go from there – our 1-year technical warranty covers players purchased within the past calendar year.
My player has stopped charging
If your player was purchased within the last year, it could be a faulty wall adapter.
Please try the following steps:
– Unplug charging cord from wall adapter and plug USB end into a known working power source, such as a computer or a different wall adapter you know to be working.
– Check for top red light indicating power/charging – If you see that there is power via the alternate power source, please email us at CustomerSupport@iCalmPet.com to let us know you have a faulty power adapter. We will be more than happy to send you a new one, free of charge. Please include your original order number.
– If your player is still not receiving power/charge, please contact us (CustomerSupport@iCalmPet.com) with details of your findings and we’ll work with you to troubleshoot further or possibly send a replacement unit. Include your original order number.
The top light is flashing blue
If the top light is flashing blue, that means either the speaker is attempting to pair to Bluetooth (simply short-press the “M” mode button to return player to micro SD sound card mode, OR the player is not finding a sound card inserted in sound card slot (try ejecting and re-inserting if sound card is present).
Bluetooth mode gets stuck
If the 4.0 Bluetooth mode seems to lock up and will not pair or mode-change back to SD function, you can reset the unit by holding the on/off button for twenty seconds. Afterwards, turn unit back on, go to BT mode (blue light flashing) and pair with your master device.
How do I insert the micro SD sound card, and how do I know it’s in?
To insert the micro SD sound card into player, make sure the title/printed letters or numbers are face up (gold plating will also be facing up).
Press sound card into the slot until it clicks/locks into place. You may need to use the edge of your thumb or finger nail. You’ll know the sound card is inserted when the sound card stays flush with the player base and the speaker begins playing the music (when in Sound Card Mode).
How do I eject the micro SD sound card?
To take the sound card out, click the edge of the sound card with thumb or finger nail. It should pop out, and is quite small. Be mindful of surroundings when ejecting sound card, as it may easily become lost.
You’re invited to enter a very fun, creative iCalmPet contest with great prizes! (May 3-21, 2018.)
Are you the next Rowling, Spielberg, or Leibovitz? Show us what ya got!
Using words and/or images (including video), create the most heartfelt or most made-up iCalm story in the world!
Combine words and image and tell us an iCalm story.
And here’s the really fun part… It can be real or unreal.
That’s right, win our hearts or tell us a long tale!
All submissions must include the following:
1. Words: Tell a story with 1-300 words.
2. Media: Submit a video or image(s) of your pet and/or yourself with an iCalmPet music item (could be a Player or CDs).
• Fiction: (I Made it Up!) – Stories and media can be silly, funny, staged and/or altered. Get creative!
• Non-Fiction: (Keepin’ it Real) – Stories and media must be true or actual, be it profound, heartfelt, fun, or interesting.
Scroll down to see submission examples.
Prizes – Everyone’s an iCalm Winner!
Two first-place winners, (Fiction and Non-Fiction) will receive an iCalmPet Deluxe Package of their choice (for Dog, Cat or People).
Two second-place winners, (Fiction and Non-Fiction) will receive an iCalmPet Standard Package of their choice (for Dog, Cat or People).
All Contestants:* You will receive a complementary $10 gift coupon to use at iCalmPet.com (expires August 31, 2018).
Winners have the option of requesting their prize be donated to their organization of choice.
* First- and second-place winners do not receive Gift Coupon.
Submissions will be judged solely by the quite inquisitive iCalmPet team based on points of interest, truth and uniqueness for the non-fiction category, and creativity, humor and imaginativeness for the fiction category.
There will be four winners total: one first-place winner from each category, and one second-place from each category.
Winners will be notified and announced by June 15, 2018.
Non-Fiction (Keepin’ it Real)
We found Mango’s mother, Windy, after hurricane Katrina. We live in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and the floods came to our front door and back door. It ruined the screen-in porch area, but luckily never came inside the house. Where we live is a mere 5-minute walk to the coast. We are so grateful to have been so lucky. We had a generator and enough supplies to get us and our neighbors through the worst of it. So, we started rescuing animals. We had a raccoon in the garbage can, so it wouldn’t fight with the pregnant cat (Mango’s mom) in the dog crate, and a squirrel in a plastic tote. Of course, we cut holes in the makeshift “cages” for the animals to breath. Anyway, we gave away the rest of the kittens, except Mango. We bought the iCalmPet speaker to calm Mango after Windy passed away a few years ago, and I should say it really helped her separation anxiety. We love listening to it, too!
While my husband and I were in Bolivia, we stayed in a small hotel. There were stray dogs everywhere, but one in particular followed us around the entire time. She walked with us to the orphanage where we volunteered every day, and even though she was scared, she eventually let the kids play with her. Very unusual for a stray in that area. We fell in love and figured out how to bring her home with us to the states. We named her Bolly and immediately introduced the iCalmPet music to help acclimate her in the transition. She’s lost that timid, shaky, lurking-in-the-shadows personality she had in Bolivia and is happy and healthy. She loves going on walks to the dog park and letting the grandkids play with her. We were afraid taking her from her world, and plopping her into ours, would give her a shake. It did in the beginning, but now she’s doing great!
Fiction (I made it up!)
Gemma, lifelong fan of the iCalmPet Music, introduced Jilly to the music recently. They’ve been snoozing peacefully ever since.
Jilly has always been….special…to say the least. She was a chubby ball of flying fur when we got her as a puppy. We tried to crate train her but she would whine and run around in circles in the cage until we let her out! So, when we moved to the new place, we made sure to get a fenced-in yard. We thought if she had more room to move, she might run out some of her energy. Nope. We took her on two walks a day, let her have free roam of the house, the backyard, everything. We even took her to a trainer, but nothing seemed to calm her down. She ran ruts into the grass in the backyard, chased after every squirrel, car, and falling leaf she saw. Then one day, an iCalmDog magically appeared on our backyard fence. It didn’t take too long to figure out how to use it. After a few days, we noticed a little improvement. There were times we’d look out the window and she was trotting rather than running circles. A month later, and she was actually sitting. JUST SITTING, for extended amounts of time. A few months later, I looked out the window and she was NAPPING in the sunshine. We are so grateful to have found the iCalm music… and we still haven’t figured out how it came to us. Never even found a note or a parachute!
Uncle Jerry was never the same after returning from Southeast Asia. He always went on and on about being zen and meditation, and all of that nonsense. So, we bought him an iCalm player because we thought if he was listening to calming music, 1. he would be happy, and 2. he wouldn’t talk as much about all that hippie-dippie stuff since he’d be listening to the music. Seems to work. He’s always listening to it, often beside his favorite Buddha statue. We got him the Sleep for People sound card too, and it also seems to work. We don’t hear him singing Country Joe and the Fish songs so much in the middle of the night anymore.
Sharing is Caring
We encourage you to share your posts on social media and tag us with #iCalmPet. Follow our social media accounts to keep up with the contest!
Text can be as short as one word and as long as 300 words.
Videos cannot be longer than 3 minutes.
Maximum two submissions per household allowed: one fiction and one non-fiction.
Don’t have a dog, cat or person? We don’t discriminate and we know our products work on all kinds of species, so send ’em in!
Code of Honor: All submitters agree to not mix fiction in with the non-fiction submissions, even though it is rather tempting. “Keep it Real” or “Make it Up,” but don’t mix the two. This keeps it fair for everybody.
Permission: All submitters grant permission to BioAcoustic Research, Inc., to display all or part of their written and visual submissions on iCalmPet.com, related web and social media sites. Credit will be given.
Further Information, Questions?
The NEW 4.0 iCalm Player
Modified software for sensitive nervous systems
Long-lasting battery: 8-12 hrs (depending on vol.)
Improved speaker system
Simplified control set
Improved motherboard (IC chip and amplifier)
Light weight (5.5 oz)
Can be held in palm of hand (2″ high x 2 5/8″ round)
Our first iCalmDog players were sturdy and long-lasting. Selling between September 2013 and October 2015, we still receive heartfelt pictures and positive comments about the 1.0 from around the world.
However, recently we were informed that one of these units actually caught fire while charging. Fortunately, the owners were at home with their dogs and were able to control the situation. Upon further investigation, heat did not seem to emanate from the outlet. It appears the heat of the connecting charge wire into the charge portal of the unit was the ignition point.
Out of a few thousand units, this is the only fire report we’ve ever had. However, the health and safety of our iCalm Community is of highest priority to us, so we are passing on this information to owners of this vintage player. We suggest that you do not charge this unit when you are out of range, in the event that this defect should ever happen again.
We stopped supporting the iCalmDog 1.0 in 2016. Our newer players are sourced from a completely new manufacturer, and use a differently formatted software. These newer players are of much better quality. If you would like to update an original 1.0 to a newer iCalmDog 3.0, you can find players and music in our SHOP.
If you’re still using the iCalmDog 1.0, we’re glad for the great value you’ve had. However, all imported consumer electronics have a somewhat limited shelf and battery life. Given this fire episode, we encourage you to unplug and update your model 1.0.
I’d share almost anything with my soul dog, Gina… my bed (by invitation), my food (when it’s good for her), my music, and so much more.
But, my Audible subscription?
I REALLY LOVE Audible… for me. My reading habits have changed over the years, and now I listen to more books than I read. But, my listening titles are for me only. When Gina and I are in the car, I listen to my book on headset when driving while she enjoys her iCalmDog playing in her crate. When she’s home alone, I prefer to leave her with music playing that is specially designed for dogs, rather than audio books that were intended to be enjoyed by 2-leggeds.
Audio Books for Dogs claims to be helpful for anxious pets that don’t like being left at home alone. NPR recently asked me whether I thought audio books are calming for dogs. They included a very short clip of my answer on WAIT, WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! While I was honored to be interviewed on NPR, my reply was much more extensive and inclusive than what aired.
I think it’s fabulous that dog lovers are becoming aware how their sound environment affects their dogs. But, I believe that anxious dogs listening to audio books when home alone could easily backfire and actually cause anxiety. Dogs could experience sensory confusion when they can’t smell or see the person reading the book. Also, lower frequencies with slowed down tempi calm the canine nervous system. Higher frequencies charge the canine nervous system. A woman with a high voice range who gets animated at a peak in the story and starts speaking in louder, shorter tones, could actually stimulate the canine nervous system… not usually a desired behavior for an anxious dog left home alone.
I’m assuming the concept of audiobooks for dogs came from recent reading programs at shelters where children read to shelter dogs. That’s a very different scenario than a dog who is home alone hearing a voice but not being able to smell or see a person. When someone is sitting and reading to a shelter dog, it likely will be very calming to the pup. There’s nothing that would cause sensory confusion. And, many of these programs involve children reading. The dog’s presence often calms them, they are looking at their book instead of making direct eye contact with the shelter dog, and that in turn allows the dog to feel more comfortable. Once relaxed and calm, they’ll often feel confident enough to approach and sniff the child and may even ask for physical contact. They are engaging their senses rather than being put in a situation that could confuse them.
Audio books for my Lab Gina? Sure, if I’m reading to her, but not when it’s a voice foreign to her and belongs to a person she can’t see, smell or sniff. But, that’s ok. When I leave her home, her iCalmDog keeps her company and she does just fine.
Alternating soundscapes of baroque music and nature sounds invigorate mental clarity and facilitate project attentiveness.
The music is the secret sauce of the iCalm systems. iCalmPet co-founder Joshua Leeds is an expert in psychoacoustics – the study of the effect of music and sound on the human nervous system. He has been creating application-specific soundtracks since 1986, used in homes, clinics, classrooms, and animal care facilities around the world.
The music of Focus on Task was originally co-produced 1996-1999 by Joshua Leeds. It was during this time that he innovated psychoacoustic arrangement and recording techniques known as “tone, tempo, and pattern” that also successfully inform Through a Dog’s/Cat’s Ear recordings.
These original recordings feature a chamber ensemble, consisting of woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe) and string sections (violin, viola, cello, and bass). Occasionally, lovely and psychoacoustically-designed nature sounds are included.
The two programs of FOT are sound collages specifically designed to increase productivity using Body Relaxed/Mind Alert audio techniques.
Program 1 – Bach/Vivaldi w/Sounds of Nature (29:45)
Program 2 – Corelli w/Sounds of Nature (29:22)
Total time: 59:07
Focus on Task will be available for streaming (Apple Music and Spotify) by autumn, 2018.
The music has been recorded on SanDisk 4-gb Micro SD chips, formatted for iCalm 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 players.
When we launched Music to Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 1 in 2008, few people believed that sound therapy could help relieve separation anxiety, aggression issues, excessive barking, hyperactivity, and other stress related canine anxiety issues. Now, with thousands of testimonials added to the clinical research, more people are not only experiencing the benefits of sound therapy for their four-legged family members, but they are also enjoying the impact it’s having on the two-leggeds.
For on-the-go dogs, there is iCalmDog 3.0 which functions as a pooch-focused iPod, without ear buds. iCalmDogis the portable solution to canine anxiety… anywhere! It comes in a choice of five packages and has optional training programs for separation anxiety and aggression.
I’m over the moon about my dog, Gina, (pictured right) and she’ll be appearing in my blog posts.
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Meet the Founders of Through a Dog’s/Cat’s Ear –
Lisa Spector and Joshua Leeds
Through a Dog’s Ear was created by pianist Lisa Spector and sound researcher Joshua Leeds. Their collaboration started in 2003, when Lisa was a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and noticed the profound calming effect of Joshua’s music on her rambunctious puppy.
The psychoacoustic principles informing the music of BioAcoustic Research & Development (BARD) derives from Joshua’s therapeutic soundwork with human-based medical and neurodevelopmental experts. For animal music programs, BARD collaborates with veterinarians, behaviorists, and trainers. Consequently, these unique programs employ sophisticated techniques from the disparate fields of sound therapy and animal behavioral training.
The Bioacoustic Research mission is to provide audio programs specifically for the health, well-being, and longevity of our animal and human friends.
Lisa is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-founded Through a Dog’s Ear in 2003 with Joshua Leeds.
As a concert pianist, Lisa won first prizes in Chopin competitions in New York and Los Angeles and has performed in China, Poland, Spain, France, Italy and throughout the USA.
Spector created the Through a Dog’s Ear “Music in Shelters” program, a project inspired by her volunteer work in shelters. Her piano playing on the original Dog’s/Cat’s Ear recordings are played in 2,000+ shelters and rescues worldwide, where adoption rates increase with the addition of the music.
Between 2003-2017, Lisa greatly contributed to the field of auditory enrichment for pets through her stellar piano performances and as a blogger deeply committed to the well-being of all living things.
Joshua is a sound researcher, music producer and educator. He is one of few published authorities in the field of psychoacoustics—the study of the effects of music and sound on the human nervous system. Publications include The Power of Sound (Healing Arts Press, 2010 and 2001), Through a Dog’s Ear (Sounds True, 2008), and Sonic Alchemy (InnerSong Press, 1997).
Collaborating with leaders in health, psychology, and neurodevelopment, his application-specific soundtracks are used in clinics and classrooms around the world. New psychoacoustically designed soundtracks are now also heard in animal shelters, vet clinics, and doghouses.
Leeds co-authored the book, Through a Dog’s Ear (2008, Sounds True), with veterinary neurologist Susan Wagner. He is the producer of the clinically-demonstrated Through a Dog’s Ear music series, as well as Through a Cat’s Ear audio programs.
Since 2003, Joshua has served as the CEO of BioAcoustic Research, Inc., the parent company of Through a Dog/Cat’s Ear and iCalmPet. Further info: JoshuaLeeds.com
Lisa Spector, known as The Pet Calming Maestro, is a Juilliard graduate concert pianist. By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-created Through a Dog’s Ear, the only music clinically shown to relieve canine anxiety issues.
As co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear and the pianist on the music series, she has appeared on the CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and Victoria Stilwell’s Positively podcast. In 2012, Through a Dog’s Ear was featured on Good Morning America and their inaugural CD, Music to Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 1, reached Billboard’s Classical Top 20 Chart.
iCalmDog, the portable solution to canine anxiety, has been featured on The Today Show, The Hallmark Channel, USA Today and The Whole Dog Journal.
As a concert pianist, Lisa has won first prizes in Chopin competitions in New York and Los Angeles and has performed in China, Poland, Spain, France, Italy and throughout the U.S. (Click here for more on her concert career.)
Spector heads the Through a Dog’s Ear “Music in Shelters” program, a project inspired by her volunteer work in shelters. Her piano playing is currently played in over 1,500 shelters and rescue organizations worldwide, where it is helping increase adoption rates. In addition to calming the dogs, it helps create a quieter atmosphere, encouraging visitors to stay longer and adoption rates to increase. The donated music is also sent home with adopters and their new forever dogs.
A former puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lisa performs Classical Canine Concerts (for people and dogs) as fundraisers for non-profit animal organizations. Currently she shares her heart and her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with Gina, her “career change” dog from Guide Dogs. She also raised Sanchez (R.I.P.), who became her inspiration behind Through a Dog’s Ear and the first official mascot.
Actively involved in dog agility, her dog Gina has earned numerous agility titles and competed at USDAA Cynosport 2014 & 2016. (United States Dog Agility Association Nationals).
“Gina and I are always on the go. In developing the iCalmDog, she’s been the road tester, whether we’re at an agility trial or getting a chiropractor adjustment at the vet, we’re always traveling with her iCalmDog and iCalmDog accessories. But, traveling with dogs is not so clean.
So, we developed a shockproof, water resistant carry case. The inside pocket holds the USB charge cords, adapter, and a couple of extra micro cards with additional music. The music can be clearly heard while the speaker is inside the case and is great to take on walks!
And when life starts to feel stressful, I spray some calm aroma mist around my house and her crate. Carry on and stay calm!