Many of us will be sitting down with a Baileys and a tub of Quality Streets to watch the abundance of television shows scheduled to keep us entertained through the end of the year – and it turns out, there are a number of programmes likely to keep animals calm during the holiday.
Research shows that music affects cats and dogs in a similar way to humans, so shows with epic scores like Strictly: The Christmas Countdown are likely to soothe them if they’re in busy or unfamiliar houses.
When it comes to colours, cat and dog vision is optimised for seeing moving objects in poor light, meaning fast-paced and colourful spectaculars like Britain’s Got Talent at Christmas will help stimulate their senses.
Itch has uncovered a list of TV shows that have calming soundtracks, aspirational landscapes for a (virtual) breath of fresh air, and stimulating visuals, making them perfect for pets.
Besides Strictly and Britain’s Got Talent, Dr Who, The Supervet at Christmas and Meerkats: A Dynasties Special have also been recommended.
Dr Robert Falconer-Taylor, pet mental health expert, commented: ‘There are certain shows that pets respond to more positively than others, due to elements of the visuals and the soundtracks, and we’ve picked out some of the best to help pets with their mental health.
Christmas TV your pets should be watching
- The list of must-watch pet shows includes:
- The Supervet at Christmas (Channel 4, 20 December, 8pm)
- Animal Park Christmas (BBC1, 23 December, 12pm)
- First Dates Christmas (Channel 4, 23 December, 10pm)
- All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5, 24 December, 9pm)
- Strictly: The Christmas Countdown (BBC1, 25 December, 6.45pm)
- Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes (BBC2, 25 December, 6.45pm)
- Britain’s Got Talent at Christmas (ITV, 25 December, 8pm)
- Meerkats: A Dynasties Special (BBC1, 28 December, 7.30pm)
- Dr Who (BBC1, 1 January, 6.45pm)
- Bridgerton (Netflix)
‘The colours, sounds and landscapes of shows like Meerkats: A Dynasties Special and Dr Who will help your pet keep calm during a busy festive period, especially if there are unfamiliar people in the house or if they’re travelling with you to other homes they don’t feel comfortable in.’
Itch has created the Grr-Radio Times, based on the latest science on animal mental wellbeing, to illustrate the best pet-friendly shows.
Credit: Original article published here.