Since sound therapy for stressed pets has proven to reduce stress and anxiety, researchers have also found sound therapy to be beneficial to pets with pain and helping them sleep more comfortably, when played prior to bedtime. The Cat therapy "Purrfect Symphony" and "Relax with Cats" are often used in the background or in transit to the vets or cattery. They have been created with sound therapy, a combination of relaxing music and 12 majestic purring cats blended deep within the music.
A blend of cat purrs, sound therapy and a mix of nature sounds combined with flutes, pan pipes, drums, synths and a range of interesting sounds to relax and energise you as you or your pet travel through the beautiful 8 tracks.
Relax With Cats
60 minutes of the most relaxing soothing purrs combined with music to drift away with and several layers of sound therapy that combine to give you or your pet the ultimate relaxation of the mind and body.
At least two institutions have researched the effects of a cat's purr: Fauna Communications Research Institute in the USA, and The University of Warwick here in the UK.
The team at the Fauna Communications Research Institute in North Carolina have discovered that cats purring is a 'natural healing mechanism.'
Wounded cats will purr because it helps to heal and strengthen bones and organs. Exposure to similar sound frequencies is known to improve bone density in humans, heal bone fractures and control pain. Purring is believed to have a similar effect to ultra-sound treatment on humans.
Only two years ago scientists discovered that vibrations between 20-140 Hz (at low db) are anabolic for bone growth and will also help to heal fractures, mend torn muscles and ligaments, reduce swelling, and relieve pain. Fauna have found that a cat's purr not only matches this vibration, but its dominant frequencies are 25 and 50 Hz - the optimum frequencies for bone growth and fracture healing. All cats, including larger ones such as pumas, ocelots and lions, have further sets of strong harmonics at the exact hertz (number of cycles per second) that generate muscle strength, increase joint mobility and provide therapeutic pain relief.
The healing implications for sick humans are exciting, and the fact that many of the new 'sound healing' therapies incorporate toning and overtoning is an interesting footnote. Scientists are now researching whether sound and vibration therapy could halt osteoporosis, or renew bone growth in post-menopausal women and the elderly. "We're bound to learn fantastic things if we are able to genuinely communicate with another intelligent species," says the Institute. "We also hope to provide the world with a whole new generation of non-invasive, simple and affordable healing methods."
Ultimately, through its work with language structure, the Research Institute hopes to create 'common languages' between humans and animals. This would offer a unique learning opportunity and, the team hopes, foster greater respect for the animal kingdom. "Humans tend to equate communication with intelligence - perhaps the public would do more to protect these creatures if they consider them knowing."
Fauna Communications is a non-profit research institute and can be contacted at Fauna Communications Institute, PO box 1126, Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA. www.animalvoice.com.
Dr June McNicholas of the University of Warwick found from research how non-human relationships can be as significant as those we have with other humans, particularly for older people. Her work over the past decade in the area of pets and residential care for the elderly has led to an increase in understanding by care workers of the crucial role that pets can play in older people's lives. It also led to an increase in the number of residential care homes that will accept pets. Research carried out by Dr McNicholas in Wales a few years ago found that 57% of residential homes have a policy about pets and, that two-thirds would accept pets, including cats.
Her research has discovered some important therapeutic benefits of cat companionship. She and her colleagues found that:
A study by the Institute of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in Munich found that young children who were continuously exposed to cats were 67% less likely to develop allergic asthma and 45% of them were not as susceptible to developing hay fever as other children.
Purrfect Symphony is the product of collaboration between sound therapist/producer Jeff Moran MA with psychotherapist and author Jack Stewart MSc.
It began with a dream one night in 2002, when earlier that evening Jack had been wincing at scenes of human and animal carnage in Zimbabwe. Feeling powerless to help, in his dream one of his cats (Tommy) appeared and the message was to use the sound of cats purring to change forever the way animals were perceived.
A way to bring this dream into reality only became apparent in September 2003, when he shared it with his friend Jeff Moran. The project gripped them both, and now, ten months later they have created this amazing product
The purrs of cats (meet them on the Cats page) were painstakingly recorded, and three themes emerged, themes backed up by scientific research (see Research page). It has always been known cats help people relax, our first theme. We discovered then that purring energises and helps enhance health and well being; our second and third themes.
The sounds of specific purrs were chosen, and mixed with the music and sounds of various instruments (see Music CD page). The result is truely amazing
So, if you are a cat lover (there are eight million domestic cats in the UK, and over sixty million in America), what you have always known (or suspected!) is now being made available to everyone. That cats (animals) are more than mere companions, they posses the capacity to induce deep states of relaxation, can energise and heal.
This CD is for cat lovers and those who previously had no inkling of the power of nature to help the human race in this way (see Animals are Perfect page). In other words, everyone.
Yes Tommy (the model for our logo), people will never look at the animal world in quite the same way again.....
We are deeply indebted to all our cats, our cat 'keepers' (does anyone ever own a cat?) and Fauna Communications Institute.
Thanks go also to Dr June McNicholas at the University of Warwick (UK), the Institute for Social Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (Germany), Cats Protection (UK), and the Humane Society of the United States.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France
"By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe." - Albert Schweitzer
On these pages are some facts about cats, and the views of famous people about cats & animals in general.
Albert Schweitzer was considered the greatest Christian of his time. He based his personal philosophy on a "reverence for life" and on a deep commitment to serve humanity through thought and action. Awarded the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. He believed: 'Until we extend our circle of compassion to include all living things, we will not ourselves find peace.'
Leonardo da Vinci, consistently voted the greatest human being who ever lived maintained: 'The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.'
The man who took on and defeated the most powerful empire the world has ever known, Ghandi, said: 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged the way its animals are treated.'
Albert Einstein not only discovered nuclear fission, but had advice for our diet: 'Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution of a vegetarian diet.'
Abraham Lincoln, replying to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fledgling to its nest said: 'I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground.'
Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the US president had a few words to say about animal cruelty: 'It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures.'
Isn't it wonderful to know you are in such good company?
What I can say about the products is that through a process called Classical Conditioning (mental pairing) then if music is played enough times then the cat or dog will get used to the music and relate it to a good experience and not become frightened. Some of the sounds here are to enable your pet to get used to frightening sounds so when it hears them socially or say for example with fireworks or the horn of a car or washing machine.
This conditioning, just like a treat and a clicker can really be of benefit, but need to be played frequently till the pet is used to the sounds. The process is called de-sensitising and its often used with children or people with phobias.