Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector – the team that brought forward the clinically tested Through a Dog’s Ear music series – continue their ground-breaking bioacoustic work, now with cats! Through a Cat’s Ear combines music and sound therapy techniques, specifically designed for feline anxiety issues and enrichment.
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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.
Through a Cat’s Ear, Volume 1 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.
Through a Cat’s Ear, Volume 2 is to provide sensory enrichment for indoor cats. Why is environmental enrichment important? 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.
Through a Cat’s Ear, Volume 3 for Noise Phobias is a sonic inoculation for your kitty. Repeated playing will gently introduce her to common noises. Intermixed with bioacoustically designed piano arrangements, these soundtracks will accustom and acclimate your cat to common household and outdoor sounds.
– Joshua Leeds, producer
What is the difference between Vol. 1, 2 & 3?
In Music for Calming, Vol. 1, our goal was to create calm – often in non-consistent environments. We are “calming” experts, with both people and dogs. We use natural and clinically proven sonic techniques to slow primary body pulses.
In Music to Stimulate, Vol. 2, 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 this soundtrack, we employ high frequency instrumentation, complex melodic patterns, increasing tempi, and frequency modulation.
In Music to Stimulate, Vol. 3, our goal is to ease noise phobias. We strive to build a conditioned response of positive association for kittens and cats of all ages.
Consider the Through a Cat’s Ear series an adjunct to wonderful enrichment programs. Used together, you can exercise your cat’s innate animal instincts while keeping her safe and sound – purring on the corner of your bed and chasing your playful toes.
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