Stressed-out felines at a London animal shelter are being played soothing noises of nature to keep them calm.
MP3 players in the cats’ pens play sounds such as rains and birdsong.
Staff at the Mitcham Homing Centre also use a soundtrack of daily sounds such as sneezing, chuckling and coughing.
The centre says in addition to relaxing the felines, this will prepare them for when the coronavirus lockdown is over and they can be found new homes.
Senior feline care assistant Jane Francis said: “I felt that stimulating as lots of senses and natural behaviours as possible, without overwhelming them, might only be advantageous for the cats, especially the more friendly ones, and kittycats who are still learning about the world around them.”
Ms Francis continued: “We have actually observed that the felines, and specifically kittycats, seem to flourish and end up being more confident after the introduction of noises.
” I understand that some individuals would probably select classical music but I thought it would be good to keep it natural and reasonable.
” So I downloaded ambient noises, such as birdsong, rain, dripping streams and general garden noises and the cats loved them. Nature and even weather condition conditions prove the very best.
” Sound levels are low and they mimic being out in the garden with birds chirping or rain falling, which the felines will experience naturally when they eventually find their brand-new permanently homes, and they would have heard prior to coming into care.”
Other sounds the charity utilizes consist of sound from letterboxes, cleaning machines and lawnmowers.
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