Why Music for Cats?
Cats prefer their homes to be stable and consistent. Acute feline stress turns into chronic irritation, manifesting in disease and behavioral challenges. Much research showed that this was the main problem that cats in human households consistently faced. While looking for solutions, we found a study by Dr. C.A. Tony Buffington (2011, Ohio State University) that caught our attention. When 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.
Discovering that feline stress was correlated with change, we set out to create music that has a sonically stabilizing effect. Our goal is to create a mental and emotional sense of safety that arises from familiarity. We accomplish this through a recognizable sequence of notes. Our sonic toolkit originates from sound therapies with neurodevelopmentally-challenged humans in which tone, tempo, and pattern are considered. In post-production mixing, we’ve removed higher frequencies from our re-arranged piano music. This frequency modulation (FM) also takes place in the mid-and low-frequency ranges. Essentially, by reducing or boosting specific nutrients of sound, arousing frequencies are reduced and soothing frequencies are increased. Through progressive FM, the resonance principle affects the nervous system. (This is true with humans and dogs, as well.)
Sonic Anchoring: While people hear these short interludes (from CPE Bach’s Rondo Espressivo) as repeating melodic intervals, we believe cats cognitively categorize this sonic information as a familiar frequency matrix. Cats are not so much hearing the melody, but feeling a sequence of vibrational frequencies, particularly when they are lying near their iCalmCat. Of the 44 compositions that comprise iCalmCat’s Calming music, minute-long variations of the Bach interlude are inserted every 2-3 compositions. Similar to sensory information we instantly recognize – a favorite taste or aroma, our best friend’s voice, a mother’s touch – familiar sensory cues can have a profound and calming impact on the nervous system while providing psychological security.
Specific Applications Include:
How iCalmPet music programs work
Music for pets provides simple calming sounds and can improve health and behavior. The over-arching psychoacoustic theory informing iCalmPet music is summed up in just two words — simple sound. This term refers to the process of minimizing intricate auditory information. iCalmPet music is intentionally selected, arranged, and recorded to provide easeful auditory assimilation. Clinical research on dogs, cats, and people have found that while we hear different frequency spectrums, the mammalian auditory system, that we share, functions basically the same. iCalmPet music is individually designed for each species, based on clinical research and supplemented by anecdotal feedback received since 2003. Music for the enhancement of animal function is both a growing science and art.
What cat owners say about Cat Calming
- “I was a little skeptical at first this would work when I introduced Through a Cat’s Ear music into a 2-cat household of one one my pet sitting clients. I witnessed the positive results with an astonishing result with one very sociable cat and one true frightened cat. Mr. Friendly Cat slowed down, climbed onto his scratchpad, began incrementally leaning, til he couldn’t hold up his head any longer, closed his eyes, then fell asleep. As I quietly rose to leave, I turned around to see Mr. Fraidy Cat, calmly sitting in the hallway listening to the music — this was the first time that I had actually seen him after visiting for that household for almost 2 years! I bet your felines will be so happy to hear such soothing sounds too.” – Dolly Ensey, Sacramento, CA.
- “Through a Cats Ear worked wonders for my cat during construction. I confined him in a bedroom, and put your wonderful CD on repeat. Construction consisted of jack hammering and removing a tile floor, building a subfloor, then installing an oak floor. Needless to say, this was all very noisy and took several days. Simba, the Abyssinian, came thru it all beautifully. I was very pleased, as I had considered boarding him during the construction days. Thanks to your wonderful ‘cat music’, he stayed calm and I did not need to disrupt his life by boarding which would have been traumatic. By the way, I love the music. Thinking of using it myself to help with sleep issues.” – Lorraine Mitchell, Bakerville, FL.
- “I started playing the new copy of Through a Cats Ear that I received this morning for all 3 of our Kitties: Frankie (9months), Riley (5yrs)and Indy (12yrs). Our kitten, Frankie, is sitting right near our stereo looking at the speaker as the music plays. Indy and Riley are curled up in their beds relaxing and the CD is now playing track#3. I believe that our 2 older cats enjoy and relax to the music because they have heard it before. Frankie is still trying to figure the music out. The 3 cats have bonded over the past 5 months so I think this music will help them relax and play more together. Thank you for fast shipping and great product!” – J. Krzyna-Raspet, Minneapolis, MN.
Enjoy a Sample
|Rondo / Espressivo CPE Bach (Interlude)|
|Chopin / Sonata In B Flat Minor Op. 35 Lento: Middle Section|
Cat Calming – Multiple Listening Formats
|Dust off that CD Player and load it with your cat’s favorite music! 3 single titles are available. Each CD is an hour long.|
|Easily download iCalmPet programs directly onto your digital device(s). We love downloads because they are environmentally sound, inexpensive, immediate gratification, germ-free, deliverable around the world, no shipping costs, no clutter, and, you own it – FOREVER!||
|Three hours of soothing feline sound therapy comes on a micro SD sound card that plays on Kitty’s iCalmCat. The three hours can be automatically extended when played on the iCalmCat, as it will auto-repeat the sequence until turned off or batteries run down.
iCalm Micro SDs are high quality SanDisk 4 GB media.
|Play Through a Cat’s Ear on major streaming platforms, including Amazon, Apple, and Spotify! Titles include Cat Calming, as well as Calm Your Canine (4-hrs), A Calm Variety (3-hrs), and iCalmDog Reggae (1-hr). You can stream all day long using the repeat feature.
BEWARE poor imitators! Make sure you enter exact titles and look for our distinctive blue album covers.