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Music Soothing To Pets

Do You Leave Music on For Your Pets?

Not only are pets great companions, we now know what good therapy having a pet can be. Petting our furry friends, or even just watching our fishies swim around their tank can lower our blood pressure and reduce the risk of a heart attack. But as much as pets benefit humans, I can't help but wonder how we can help them in return. I know from experience that pets can get stressed and anxious too, showing it by tearing up your couch cushions, or ripping to shreds their fave toy in five seconds flat. Now, a recent report says there's an easy way to return all the healthful favors.

A study conducted in 2000 shows that the sounds of a harp aid in lowering the blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety in pets that were recouping at a Florida vet hospital, leading us to believe that classical music could be as calming to Fido as it is to humans.

While I don't personally leave tunes on for North to chill to while I'm at work, he does get treated to the soothing classical sounds when he's staying at our fave Pet Camp and at our local Wag Hotel. Now I just might add a few classical tunes to our road trip soundtrack! Until then, I'm curious to know: do any of you leave music on for your pets while you're out?


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miss-jaxx miss-jaxx 9 years
I do sometimes when my mini dachshund is 100% alone but Im not sure if she cares either way.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
Is this serious? I've never heard of anything like this before. I bet the animal wouldn't care either way.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
wow this sounds really wasteful.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I used to put on a cd of classical music for one of my cats who had an extreme belly-licking problem - I tried everything I could to calm him down and get him to stop licking his belly bald. Then I moved to a new apartment and just like that, the excessive belly-licking stopped. So now I don't play music for him when I'm not home. He really likes music, though - his favorite is the aptly named band Animal Collective. He rolls over and shows his belly every time he hears that!
onion-waffle onion-waffle 9 years
I'm thinking about doing this...but I really hate the idea of leaving something on all day long. Hello, carbon waste and higher electricity bills!
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
I usually take my Ipod with me, but if i'm not i turn it on for my puppy (My iHome player is my only stereo). Otherwise i leave the t.v. on for him, either on a music channel or a sports channel!
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
We leave the TV on. Their favorite channel is the Food Network
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Oh, but I do use the Cat Sitter DVD's! :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
No, my cats like to sleep when I'm not home. I like harp music, though. I want to learn how to play!
asilgrif asilgrif 9 years
I haven't as yet, but after reading this I think I may start doing so.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I used to leave music on for my current cats but they actually get hyped up depending on what's on the XM. IF I left it on FRED(80s New Wave) they get a little hyper, if I leave the XM on ETHEL or LUCY and Guns N' Roses, Lice In Chains or Soundgarden comes on then they freak out and run, jump and wrestle each other. But if I leave it on the Frank Sinatra station or Classical - they get super mellow and lounge all day. Ursula and Chloe really love music but they sometimes cannot control themselves when they hear it. My old kitty Libby loved music mainly because she was so social. If I wasn't home and my neighbor weren't home and she couldn't hear human voices she'd freak out and start tearing things up and yowling. So I learned to turn the radio on to NPR or some music channel for her and it let her be comforted by human voices and she said calm until I would get home from work and school. My nephew's cat Athena actually loves it when he plays any of his musical instruments (flute, french horn, Mellophone or guitar). She can hear him practice from downstairs and she runs up to their room, pushes open the door and sits right in front of him purring. She's his personal audience and occasional music critic. She wiggles her ears when he hits a wrong or off key note.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
every monday all three pups are kenneled in the bedroom with instrumental music playing on the t.v. while the gardeners come. all three sleep like babies and don't bark at all. it's amazing. all three of my pups have been mesmorized by music since they were little ... love to listen to music and love to be sung to.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I'd leave the TV on for the brats if I wasn't afraid of burning it out quicker (65" tv ... lol) so I do leave the radio on. I work 12 hour days and want them to feel less lonely! They're so spoiled!!
mayara mayara 9 years
Not usually, but I have done it.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I used to turn on a talk station for Roxy so it would sound like people were at home. I sometimes leave my "alternative" station on for her when I leave but I don't think she cares for it. Maybe she's a country gal.
mtothawhat mtothawhat 9 years
I've never thought about leaving music on while we're out but I do play music for our kitty when I'm at home. I'll have to try this out though!
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
Yes, I always leave the Oldies on when we're gone. The vet said it would help her anxiety.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
i don't do this, but maybe i'll start..i was reading the same msnbc article earlier this morning. it is an interesting study. max seems pretty chill at home these days..but im sure music would help him either way.
Kristabelle Kristabelle 9 years
We leave on Soundscapes - our tv is programmed through the surround sound so we turn off the tv, but leave the sound on. One dog is crated because of separation anxiety and the crate helps her immensely. I'd like to think that the music makes them calmer - it also covers some of the outside noises that they would respond to as well.
sing2day sing2day 9 years
I alternate between music and television. But not all day, only when I'll be gone during hours when I would usually be home with my dogs.
sader04 sader04 9 years
I only do when it's really windy. It tends to distract her from being scared.
DarlingDA DarlingDA 9 years
I leave the TV on to whatever show I had DVR'ed and was watching that morning (it repeats it after a ten minute pause at the end), usually the Daily Show or Colbert Report, although today it was Rob and Big! I'm only gone for four hours before lunch, and then the bf is home after that, but I never really though about all the electricity it's using, j2e1n9. It's not very environmentally sound - I'll have to start leaving the radio on instead!
wren1 wren1 9 years
I haven't, but I'm going to try it. Maybe it will lessen his anxiety. I'll pretty much try anything at this point.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 9 years
I leave the radio on for my cat, on a mostly talk station. I read that it was comforting for them to hear voices in the house while they're alone. He gets a musical interlude from midday to 1pm, but asides from that it's news and current affairs all the way. He's a very well informed kitty ;)
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Wow, now that I think about this tho, I bet this is a real waste of electricity and bad for the environment because we have a huge ass tv :( Maybe I should at least switch to the radio. In which case I would probably pick classical or a talk radio station for them.
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