A species-specific music company handcrafted to create comforting sounds just for pets
- Not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
Growing up in a small New York City apartment didn’t leave much space for pets. In the context of her musical life, Janet Marlow, a fifth-generation musician in a songwriting family, has found plenty of room for animals.
Marlow spent many years touring the world as a jazz artist, performed her own compositions, played her main instrument, the guitar, and studied music in Spain and France. Along the way, she learned a lot about concert halls and acoustics, and at home, she began to observe her dogs and cats react to her music. They would sit with her during practice sessions.
“I always noticed how comfortable they were and how satisfied they were,” recalls Marlow.
She has a cat that is seriously injured and needs emergency treatment. The cat spent five days in the ICU, where Marlow sang to him. She noticed slow blinking cat in her, a sign of relaxation and comfort. Soon after her cat passed away, she began to question the role of sound in its life.
“What is it about the hearing of an animal,” she wondered. “I know I can’t play guitar in everyone’s house, but how can I help pet parents have this music for their own animals?”
A world that is too sensitive
Marlow became more interested in the hearing of dogs and cats, and began to study psychiatry, or sound perception and physiological responses to sounds.
Marlow discovered that dogs hear almost twice as often as humans, and that they can hear sounds from 80 feet away that the human ear can only detect at 20 feet.
Cats have even more delicate hearing and can hear three times as much as humans. Amazingly, a cat’s ear muscles can twist 180 degrees. The average adult can hear up to 20,000 Hertz, while a dog hears up to 45,000 Hertz. A cat can hear an astonishing 85,000 Hertz.
Combining her unique skills in animal observation and research as well as a love of music, Marlow founded a music company dedicated to her species, Acoustics for petsin 1994.
One of Pet Acoustics’ products is a portable Bluetooth speaker block that continuously plays soothing music composed by Marlow and performed by many of the artist’s musician friends. The speaker comes preloaded with music for specific pets: dogs, cats, birds or horses, and comes with a USB charging cord. The cubes run around $60 on petacoustics.com.
The speaker is small, but the sound makes sense – and yes, depending on which version of the species you choose, the music, although generally mellow to humans, will sound different. For example, music for cats is different from that of dogs and at a higher level to accommodate their specific hearing range.
Marlow sent me a Pet Tunes speaker to try with my 5 month old Cocker Spaniel puppy, Alvin. I was asked to play it when I left the house without Alvin, or during a thunderstorm. Since the storms didn’t seem to bother Alvin, I put on my speakers and went for a walk through the neighborhood. My spouse stayed to watch Alvin, who used to run fast, whine and cry for me.
After about seven minutes, Alvin curled up close to my home office chair and took a nap. He wakes up a few times, but the music is playing, and he falls asleep. The sounds remind me of the kind of music you hear at the spa or another quiet place — soothing, soothing, and peaceful.
Marlow says Pet Acoustics has helped thousands of dogs and cats over the years, and reviews show the system has helped pet parents with everything from separation anxiety to noise. outside to reduce trips to the vet—you can even hear Pet Acoustics playing through the office speakers at your own vet’s office.
“Your dog (or cat) will associate music with you wherever you take it so they feel content and safe,” says Marlow.
It’s not just horses and birds, cats and dogs – rabbits also respond to her music. Marlow recalls her musical test on Labrador Retriever puppies. She did not know rabbits were in the facility at the time. Pet Acoustics works on baby mice, but it has the same effect, calming and calming rabbits.
She recalls: “I looked at the rabbit cage and they were all asleep when my music played.
“Biometrically proven” is how Marlow describes its products — it basically means that the tests and studies were done on real animals and concluded that the music really has a calming effect, reducing stress for pets.
Marlow’s recent research published in peer review International Animal Health Magazine determined after three months, the dogs studied had a lower heart rate, a higher HRV (heart rate of change) heart rate, and they were more resting.
Understanding how an animal hears and hears is so important to Marlow that she created a free pet hearing test on Pet Acoustics website. Testing is an easy way to assess your pet’s overall hearing health.
“I wanted to invent a system where everyone could have a free piece of information,” she said. “You will immediately know if your dog or cat is responding to the sound.”
Marlow says this is essential because the more we understand how our pets experience the world, the richer and more rewarding our lives will be.
“A really important part of Pet Acoustics is trying to educate pet parents to understand their pets for better health, because we don’t experience or hear what they do,” she says.