Spotify has launched playlists and podcasts specifically for pets - here’s what’s on them

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 3:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 3:11 pm
If your pet enjoys a good tune or gets lonely when you leave the house, then Spotify might have the perfect solution (Photo: Shutterstock)

If your pet enjoys a good tune or gets lonely when you leave the house, then Spotify might have the perfect solution.

The audio streaming company has brought out a range of playlists which are specifically designed to soothe furry friends.

Pet playlists

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The pet playlists are based on subscribers' own musical tastes, alongside the species of their pet.

The Spotify website says, “Get a playlist for your pet based on music you love.”

When you go to choose your pet playlist, you firstly have to pick your pet. The options include iguanas, dogs, cats, hamsters and birds.

Once you’ve picked your pet, you will need to rate them on a scale from relaxed to energetic, and then on a scale from shy to friendly, before finally rating them on a scale from apathetic to curious.

You can then upload an image of your chosen pet, along with their name.

Podcast for dogs

Spotify has also launched a ‘My Dog's Favourite Podcast’, which has been created with animal experts in order to alleviate stress.

The podcast is made up of two five-hour parts, and includes reassuring human voices, relaxing music and soothing sounds. It is voiced by Game of Thrones actor Ralph Ineson, and Jessica Raine, who played Jenny Lee in the period drama, Call The Midwife.

Although the charity Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has said it supports the podcast, the charity also said that nothing could "ever replace the company and presence" of a dog's owner.

The charity also explained that many dogs were regularly left alone, and that some types of calm music "can help dogs relax.”

Alex Benjamin, an animal psychologist from the University of York, who also worked on the podcast, said that playing Spotify to pets could help to soothe them by covering the "startling sounds of the outside world such as traffic, car doors slamming or the bins being emptied."