The classical and holiday-themed CDs aim to relax restless animals

By Kate Hogan
Updated November 22, 2010 07:18 PM
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“If you’re listening to something and it’s calming you, it’ll probably be calming to your pet,” says Tom Nazziola. “Pets respond similarly to humans in terms of music.” That thinking is the basis for Music My Pet, a series of two CDs curated by Nazziola that take the most soothing parts of classical songs and spin them into easy listening for cats and dogs.

“Being a composer, I know what music to look for,” Nazziola tells PEOPLEPets.com. “I chose pieces that would achieve the [calming] effect, then edited them. There’s some classical music out there that can be agitating. So it’s not just a matter of throwing some classical music on for your pet, but [choosing] something relaxing.”

Nazziola, a pet lover who performed on Disney’s Baby Einstein series, tested his first CD, Classic Cuts ($13.99), on some furry listeners. “We gave copies out to people, and our engineer had his dog by his side the whole time he was mixing, so he could gage his reaction,” Nazziola says. “We tried to keep pets involved the whole way through.”

So far, the composer has received positive feedback from many pet owners, who’ve noticed the calming effects of Classic Cuts when taking their anxious animals for rides in the car, or before leaving them for work in the morning. He has distributed several to New York City shelters, too, to help soothe animals waiting for adoption.

The latest CD in the series, Holiday Treats ($11.99, visit musicmypet.com to order both titles), was just released, and features quiet arrangements of favorites like We Wish You a Merry Christmas and O Holy Night. “It was a long process,” Nazziola says. “But it’s a nice departure from the classical thing. And something different for the owner to listen to, too.”