by Elisa Black-Taylor
Cat + Fireworks=Terror!
Good morning readers. Music for cats is going to be one of those fun stories where we can share thoughts and ideas on ways to entertain our cats when we just can’t be there for them. Especially with July 4th fireworks just around the corner.
Several months ago Michael wrote an article called Valium Cat. This story went into detail on how cats suffering from anxiety are given low dose Valium as part of treatment.
Today I want to tell the readers about a much safer treatment of anxiety in cats. It’s music for cats and apparently there’s a whole new market just loaded with music that cats find relaxing.
I went online and listened to some music provided by PetPlace.com. Dr. Jon (the vet) of PetPlace.com recommends music as a tool to relax cats during fireworks displays. Which is very important as the July 4th celebration in the U.S. is celebrated with LOTS of noise.
Dr. Jon even stated a cat can become so overwrought it can trigger a seizure in some. He recommends a quiet hiding spot and to never take your cat to celebrations. He also recommends music.
One point I never considered was how your cat will watch your reaction to the noise and take a cue from that. So try and remain relaxed and hopefully your cat will also be relaxed.
It’s also a good idea to bring your outside cat inside the home until the excitement is over. Many cats run away from home and get lost.
Now back to the music for cats. Apparently there are many companies now marketing CD’s they guarantee will calm a cat. I don’t know about a cat, but it works for humans. I’ve been listening to a sample while writing this article and it is calming. A mixture of harps and possibly piano. Classical would be the best word to describe it, although those involved claim it’s not classical.
Amazon offers this DVD, which includes nature videos, nature sounds and calming music:
It can be set to loop around and continuously play while you are gone. I purchased a DVD awhile back called Cat Sitter TV, which my cats LOVE as long as no one is at home. So I imagine the music for cats concept works about the same. Cat Sitter DVDHere’s the link.
Most of the websites I checked suggest the music be played at a soft level so as not to keep them awake.
Music for Cats and Friends Vol. 4This link on Amazon allows the download of songs for a small price. It’s in Mp3 form. This is how I get all of my personal music. I’d better not allow my cats to view this page on Amazon or they’ll be begging me for music.
If I could choose one music cd for my cats, it would be this one. PLEASE read this entire article. Susan Raimond has found her harp music has a calming effect on animals. She ran several experiments involving everything from groomer’s to pet clinics and the results were conclusive. Her harp music calmed the animals down. Clinics reported back to her that their kitties slept as long as the music was playing softly in the background.
I’m partial to harp music. While spending the last two weeks at Rainey Hospice House with my ex before he lost his battle with cancer, a lady would play her harp on Wednesday mornings. It’s indescribable to wake up to harp music.
For those readers who want more information on music for cats, including the different kinds available and where to order, simply Google MUSIC FOR CATS.
I realize Michael also did a blog similar to this article on cat music. Here’s the link. I hope I’ve expanded the subject just a bit.
Now for the question of the day. Have any of you purchased a CD or DVD aimed toward the cat market. Let the readers know if you’ve had success with any particular product.
I’d also love to know whether you’re friends think you’re a wee bit strange for ordering music or videos for your cat. Just curious.
Please share your thoughts on this and also any tips on how you calm your cats with fireworks exploding all around your neighborhood.
I’d like to thank my good friend Glenn Dupuis for this picture of his kitty. He does a photo of one of them every 4th of July.