Review: Through A Cat’s Ear: Music for Calming

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I was very excited when I first heard about Through a Cat’s Ear, which combines music and sound therapy techniques, specifically designed for feline anxiety. This is not just simple relaxation music.

Why Through a Cat’s Ear is different from other relaxation music

Composer, music producer and sound researcher Joshua Leeds has been studying psychoacoustics—the effect of music and sound on human beings—since 1986. In 2003, concert pianist Lisa Spector inquired about adapting human sound therapy for dogs. Leeds began research into canine acoustic environments, which led to the release of the acclaimed audio series Through a Dog’s Ear. Through tonal and tempo selections, and simplification of solo piano music, Lisa and Joshua discovered effective solutions for many canine anxiety issues.

Since the 2008 release of Through a Dog’s Ear music, requests for music specially designed for cats have been constant. Through a Cat’s Ear, released earlier this month, is the answer to these requests. The music is designed to reduce stress in a chaotic or unsettling environment. Leed’s “sonic toolkit” originates from sound therapies with neuro-developmentally-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.

How does it help anxious cats relax?

The goal of the recording was to create a mental and emotional sense of safety that arises from familiarity. The music on Through a Cat’s Ear is repetitious by design. Of fifteen tracks, six interludes are melodic fragments from Bach’s “Rondo Espressivo.” While people hear these interludes as repeating melodic intervals, cats may categorize this information as a familiar frequency matrix. As much as cats are hearing the music, they are feeling a sequence of vibrational frequencies. Like 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.

My thoughts about Through a Cat’s Ear

I found all of this utterly fascinating, and was delighted when Joshua offered to send me a pre-release version of the cd. I’ve been playing it almost daily for the past few weeks. While it’s too soon to tell whether listening to the cd has calmed down Allegra and Ruby’s tortitude, I will say that I find it profoundly relaxing – far more so than any other relaxation music I’ve listened to. The music is beautiful and soothing for me – it’s impossible to remain tense or stressed while listening to this lovely sequence of calming sound. The girls do seem to gravitate toward the living room when the cd is playing, and have been taking more of their naps there. I have to believe that they are benefiting from this sound therapy.

I am intrigued with the potential of this simple healing modality for cats with behavioral challenges, cats in shelter or foster situations, and cats in veterinary clinics. I’m hoping to hear much more about sound therapy for cats in the future.

Through a Cat’s Ear is available from Amazon.

For more information, and to purchase, please visit the Through a Cat’s Ear website. You can also find Through a Cat’s Ear on Facebook.

FTC Disclosure: I received a pre-release copy of this cd. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. 

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97 Comments on Review: Through A Cat’s Ear: Music for Calming

  1. jsalinger
    September 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm (4 years ago)

    My kitty has inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatitis and for years often goes to the vet. This might help calm her on route and seems worth a try.

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  2. Sara M.
    July 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d love this for my senior buddy cat who is on kitty prozac thanks to his 5 year old sometimes-partner-in-crime.

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  3. Suzanne
    June 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm (6 years ago)

    This would be so nice for our local shelter. They are struggling with a ringworm outbreak and have had to throw away all carpet-covered and soft furniture, and the cats have to endure daily dippings. Poor babies! They are stressed out.
    Sweet puddies deserve sweet music.
    🙂

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  4. Jay
    June 28, 2013 at 8:21 am (6 years ago)

    So, do you really think this would work on Stirfry ?

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  5. Julia
    June 28, 2013 at 2:19 am (6 years ago)

    First, this sounds amazing! I have a tuxedo cat who had a UTI that almost killed him. Since then, I try to do what I can to keep him from being stressed (thought to be one of many possible causes of UTIs). I also have two torties who could benefit from this. I have an outside feral colony, and this would be amazing to play through the window for them. They’re *always* on guard out there because of possible dangers. Something like this could help de-stress them and make them happier.

    Shared on Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  6. Dona K.
    June 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm (6 years ago)

    For my friend’s kitty who recently lost his buddy. I thought it might help him through the grieving process.

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  7. Leann
    June 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm (6 years ago)

    We have foster kittens come in and they usually so stressed and scared that we leave the radio on for them for the first few days. It would be WONDERFUL to have music that would specifically help them!

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  8. Allyson
    June 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Would like to win this cd,

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  9. Cheryl J
    June 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm (6 years ago)

    What a great giveaway. I would love to win this for my rescue.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  10. Cheryl J
    June 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Sharing on facebook!

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  11. Kaitlyn S
    June 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I shared on Facebook!

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  12. Kaitlyn S
    June 27, 2013 at 8:15 pm (6 years ago)

    With a new (kitten) addition last week, 2 out of my (now) 4 are much more anxious than usual. Hopefully this would help everyone calm down a little!

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  13. Norma
    June 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm (6 years ago)

    This would be so great for my cats. Many get stressed out when they are together too much.

    Reply
  14. Mahshtay
    June 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Sounds interesting!

    Reply
  15. sherri Robinson
    June 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm (6 years ago)

    tweeted giveaway

    Reply
  16. sherri Robinson
    June 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm (6 years ago)

    shared on FB

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  17. sherri Robinson
    June 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I would like to win this CD because I have 9 cats (all rescue). One got sick a while back and now is very scared of the other cats. He likes to live in our bathroom. I would love to be able to help him become part of the family again.

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  18. Michelle
    June 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I have two new foster kittens – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. My older Tortie, Abigail Elizabeth aka Abby Liz is terrified on them. She has always been somewhat of a bully to the other cats, but for some reason these little guys scare her. I would love to keep the Boys, but only if Abby can handle it. This might be what I’m looking for.

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  19. Traci Dziurgot
    June 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I shared on pinterest

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  20. Traci Dziurgot
    June 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I shared on google +

    Reply
  21. Traci Dziurgot
    June 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I shared on facebook

    Reply
  22. Traci Dziurgot
    June 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I shared on twitter

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  23. Traci Dziurgot
    June 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm (6 years ago)

    My cats Max and Ruby are siblings from a shelter. I’m not sure of their complete background, but whatever happened in their past it has left them quite scared. Even after living with my mother and I for a year they still can be scared off upstairs under the bed easily with the wrong movement, a doorbell ringing on the tv or the fedex guy dropping off a package. I believe that this cd could be one more tool in my toolbox of helping their daily fight with anxiety.

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  24. Kristina
    June 23, 2013 at 2:50 am (6 years ago)

    My kitty has the tendency of being skittish at times. She’s made wonderful improvements over the past six months, but I wonder if this music would help her even more. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Jen Keppers
    June 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I have a stressed, aggressive kitty. Also, I am a veterinarian and would love to be able to recommend a non-medication treatment for stress in clients’ kitties! 🙂

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  26. Ester
    June 22, 2013 at 9:49 am (6 years ago)

    One of my cats, Rex, is such an anxious guy. He gets overwhelmed very easily and I would love to see if this would help him relax a bit.

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    • Ester
      June 22, 2013 at 9:50 am (6 years ago)

      Oh… oh I see now that this is only for U.S. residents. Count me out of the draw. I’m Canadian. 🙁

      Reply
  27. Lisa Barrett
    June 22, 2013 at 9:48 am (6 years ago)

    What a wonderful concept! We have some cat conflict within the household so it would be fascinating to see if the music would calm our savage beasties 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway.

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  28. Sarah
    June 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm (6 years ago)

    My cat Anastasia has had a very hard time adapting to the newest feline member of the family. Although the new cat has been in the home for a year and a half, she is still stressed out about him. I would love to try this to see if it helps. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  29. Mary Beth Randall
    June 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I am retweeting this on twitter.

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  30. Mary Beth Randall
    June 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm (6 years ago)

    This sounds so absolutely interesting. Our cat Jackie suffered from a perated ulser 5 years ago and I wonder now if something like this could have prevented it? Looking back does no good and Jackie is ok now but the idea of making the cats happier with something like this intregues me. I think this would be great for the over all health of our cats.

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  31. Amy
    June 21, 2013 at 10:38 am (6 years ago)

    This music sounds wonderful and fascinating. My husband and I love music and listen to all kinds. I definitely listen to specific pieces of music when I’m stressed that help me relax. I don’t see why there shouldn’t be music for cats that soothes them. I’m especially interested in this music because we adopted an abandoned cat several months ago. Oscar is adorable and a great cat but he has some anxiety issues. Although he’s become calmer over the last few months, he still gets anxious when we go out and at night when he thinks he’s alone. This music might be just the ticket to help further calm Oscar!

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

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  32. Amy Sikes
    June 21, 2013 at 10:01 am (6 years ago)

    Shared on G+!

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  33. Amy Sikes
    June 21, 2013 at 10:00 am (6 years ago)

    Shared on Twitter!

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  34. Amy Sikes
    June 21, 2013 at 9:59 am (6 years ago)

    Shared on Facebook!

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  35. Amy Sikes
    June 21, 2013 at 9:43 am (6 years ago)

    This would be great for my super-anxious Lucky! Or Zanzibar. Or my diabetic foster kitties….

    Reply
  36. Cynthia Southern
    June 20, 2013 at 11:24 pm (6 years ago)

    My cat, Queenie, could use this cd. She is full of energy and needs something to calm her.

    Reply
  37. The Island Cats
    June 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm (6 years ago)

    We would love to win this CD….between Zoey and Wally not getting along, we could use something like this to keep things calm in our house.

    Reply
  38. Nina
    June 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win a copy of this cd to try and help my little boy calm down during the car ride to the vet and even at the vet’s office.

    Reply
  39. Kate
    June 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much for pointing this out- I have a friend whose cat is so stressed it is killing her, and my friend is suffering too- this just might help. I think that it might help with my aggressive little booger cat, too!

    Reply
  40. Marci DeLisle
    June 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Would be fantastic for my Camp Happy Cat gang who often get stressed out because of fireworks (we live on a reservation).

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  41. Betty Wells
    June 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm (6 years ago)

    This would perfect for Jynxx because recently he became stressed out so badly that he started pulling his fur out.

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