Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pet Music Therapy?

Pet Music Therapy is an innovative, interactive program that facilitates healing (physically, socially, and emotionally) for formerly abused/neglected pets, special needs pets, shy pets, senior pets, and hospice care pets. The program utilizes solo harp, piano, flute, Native American flute, and guitar music to help pets heal from physical and emotional wounds or traumas (examples: soothe anxiety, aide in physical, mental, and emotional healing - including but not limited to PTSD, C-PTSD, trauma, neglect, abuse, and more). Pet Music Therapy is a program of Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. - a 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare organization.

What are some of the benefits of Pet Music Therapy?

  • Reduces anxiety/fear/PTSD symptoms
  • Sound influences our body chemistry and can assist in healing
  • Aides in physical and emotional healing
  • Provides relaxation and contentment
  • Helps pets acclimate to a new enviornment
  • Allows pets to learn to associate soothing noises with safe enviornments
  • Helps to de-stress anxious animals

What types of music do pets (cats and dogs) prefer?

The music should be melodic and the tempo even and slow.

  • Dogs tend to prefer classical music played one octave lower and slower than what we (humans) are typically familiar with.
  • Cats prefer the sounds and rhythms they experience as kittens (staccato sounds like the chirp of a bird).
  • The keys of D major and E minor are very pleasing to animals.
  • Both cats and dogs appreciate simple acoustic arrangements and simple melodies with a repeating motif.

Where can Pet Music Therapy be used?

Pet Music Therapy can be used at home (i.e., during holidays, when introducing a new pet or a foster pet, while traveling to and from the veterinarian, in the veterinarian's office/hospitals, spay and neuter clinics, pet grooming facilities, in the car while traveling, in animal shelters, in foster homes and rescue settings, during adoptions, and more.

Can my pet benefit from Pet Music Therapy?

Absolutely! There are countless ways cats and dogs benefit from Pet Music Therapy. Pets of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, and temperaments enjoy the soothing rhythms and healing vibrations experienced during Pet Music Therapy.

I'm not a musician, is there anything I can do to include Pet Music Therapy in my home?

Yes! You can still use some forms of Pet Music Therapy such as:

  • Sing a ditty while trimming pets nails (repeating a pleasant tune)
  • Sing a diitty at feeding time
  • Keep soft, classical music on (radio or iTunes play list) when away from home
  • Play a YouTube classical music channel or "Birds for Cats" videos

How does my energy and attitude impact my pets?

Pets pick up on our energy and often reflect that energy back to us. They are sensitive to their environment, just as we are. In our often busy, chaotic, loud, distracted, hurried world true relaxation and moments of peace and tranquility can be difficult to come by. Pet Music Therapy not only provides a respite for healing for pets, but also can be incredibly beneficial for humans!

How can I support Pet Music Therapy?

Your support is greatly needed! Every dollar is a huge help and makes a big difference. When you donate to Pet Music Therapy, you help provide healing for a rescue pet who is special needs, newly rescued, and/or overcoming PTSD and/or physical wounds/injuries, or a senior pet in hospice care. Your donation also helps provide Pet Music Therapy for newly rescued pets transitioning from neglect/abuse situations into volunteer foster homes (where they are physcially/emotionally/socially rehabilitated prior to adoption into a well-matched forever home). No donation is ever too small - every dollar makes a difference to a pet in need. Thank you so much for your kindness and support! CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION *All donations are tax-deductible and directly support Pet Music Therapy. Pet Music Therapy is a program of Advocates 4 Animals, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization (founded in 2002).

Can you share a few Pet Music Therapy success stories?

Absolutley! We have *so many* success stories and we would love to share them all with you, but that would quickly fill an entire book! We have included a small handful of stories on our website (HERE) for you. In addition, when you DONATE and/or become a monthly SPONSOR of Pet Music Therapy, you will recieve a personalized e-mail with additional success stories, accompanied by photos/videos.

Can you share scientific research about the benefits of Pet Music Therapy?

There are so many beneifts to Professional Pet Music Therapy! To share some more information with you, we thought it would be best to provide you with extrenal articles on the subject. Every article is fascinating and full of interesting information on the healing impact of music. Links below. Enjoy!


Music creates connection, reinforces safety, and can boost happiness levels. 

In her book, 'The Music Advantage' Anita Collins, PhD writes: 

"Music is made up on ingredients....the common ones are: 

*pitch - how high and low the notes are

*rhythm- how long and short the sounds are

*dynamics - how loud or soft the sound is and how that changes

*timbre (or tone color) - which is the source and quality of the sound"

These specific ingredients are what we work with in Pet Music Therapy to help animals cope with ongoing issues such as PTSD, C-PTSD, anxiety, and other issues. Collins writes about the importance of our "sound environments." A sound environment consists of all of the noises surrounding us at any given time. For example: the sounds of traffic, a television on low volume for background noise, a car alarm, a barking dog, etc. Our daily sound environments can influence our actions and reactions to various situations and stimulants and should not be underestimated (this is true for both people and pets). In Pet Music Therapy, for example, the sound environment we create works with soothing, calming and relaxing sounds such as slow paced harp or piano music, or peaceful nature sounds. Pet Music Therapy also works with the vibrations created through the music, to provide a healing space for cats and dogs, a place where the animals feel comfortable, relaxed and can allow their nervous systems and their physical bodies to begin or to continue the healing process. Collins so beautiful writes: 

"Sound is music, and music is information for [the] brain." Soothing sounds, in other words, communicate to the brain that we are safe, loved, and can relax - and these elements lead to the process of healing physical and emotional wounds.