Can animals feel music?
Animals, just as humans, respond to music – soothing, relaxing tunes seem to calm them too.
Music therapy has become one of the best drug-free ways to soothe the nerves of anxious pets. For example, Harp music produces certain overtones that some humans cannot even hear, yet a cat’s ear and detect. These tones sink in and work at a cellular level, producing an anxiety-reducing effect. This, in turn, reduces blood pressure, improves digestion, releases endorphins, lessens separation anxiety, boosts the immune system, and benefits both pets and people in a host of other ways. Additionally, the soothing tones of music reach out to the heart and lungs, which slows the functions of both until the heartbeat and breathing measures match the soft tempo of the music. Music Therapy has been used extensively at institutions as Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, UC-Davis in California and many Minnesota Animal Shelters.
A great way to introduce music therapy to your pet is to play a CD while at home and the mood is relaxed; this will help her begin to connect the music with the comfort of her beloved human. Then, when you leave or any time anxiety levels increase, the music will likely trigger that feeling of warmth and well-being.