BBDO Toronto and Whiskas created Cat Calm Radio

Ads, Creativity

Despite the curious nature of cats, most get seriously stressed out in the car. This stress on both the cat and owner means cats visit the veterinarian much less often than dogs; contributing to an array of health problems that can develop going unchecked.

Providing some songs to help keep your cat calm, the makers of Whiskas® are launching Cat Calm Radio on Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22. As a species-specific radio station, the music on Cat Calm Radio is designed to have a calming effect on your cat on the way to the vet.

Broadcasting online at, and created in partnership with advertising agency, BBDO Toronto, the station plays a continuous stream of music created by species-specific musician David Teie.

Each track is composed using a series of calming noises that have a calming effect on your cat.

All the music we hear is designed for humans, based on our vocalizations and development. Based on that understanding of composition, it only makes sense that if you use the same recipe used in human music but use ingredients that have been tailored to another species, you can create effective music for that species

David Teie,

composer who discovered that music must be species-specific to be effective

Teie’s music is based on the theory that every species has an intuitive biological response to sounds based on their brain development and vocalizations. He took the principles that humans use for making music and applied it to the sounds and development cycles unique to different species.

For instance, humans respond so viscerally to the beats of music because we were exposed to our mother’s pulse while our brains were developing in the womb. Cats, however, are not exposed to the mother’s pulse because the cat’s brain is only 1/8th the size at birth of what it will be at 10 weeks, meaning the basic principle of human music, the beat, doesn’t resonate with felines the same way. Based on this developmental understanding, Teie used the sound of suckling for milk in place of the pulse in the music he created for cats.

Teie’s theory of composing music for cats with feline-centric sounds was corroborated by an independent study conducted by the University of Wisconsin and published in Applied Animal Behaviour ScienceResearchers verified that Music for Cats resonates conclusively with its audience, writing that “cats showed a significant preference for and interest in species-appropriate music.”

The makers of Whiskas® believe this music will give cat owners a tool that will have a calming effect on their cat on the way to the vet, increasing vet visits and helping to keep their cats healthy and curious. Although Cat Calm Radio was launched to coincide with Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, the soothing sounds of Cat Calm radio will continue to be available to cat owners 24-hours a day at


Whiskas® Cat Calm Radio / Campaign name: Cat Calm Radio


Client: WHISKAS® Cat Mainmeal, Mars Petcare

  • Brand Director, Cat & Dog Mainmeal: George Fung
  • Marketing Intern, Cat Mainmeal: Christie Stelling
  • Brand Manager, Cat Mainmeal Wet: Marisa Law
  • Senior Brand Manager, Cat Mainmeal Dry: Sonia Munn

Creative Agency: BBDO Toronto

  • Chief Creative Officer: Todd Mackie
  • Chief Creative Officer: Denise Rossetto
  • Associate Creative Director: Derek Blais
  • Copywriter: Daniela Marino
  • Art Director: Cassandra Shuber
  • VP, Project Management: Jason Dick
  • Sr. Project Manager: Sarah Ng
  • Group Account Director: Sonia Ruckemann
  • Account Supervisor: Dan La Cute
  • Account Executive: Jia Cau
  • VP Strategy: Tom Kenny