David Tennant has such mass appeal; he even has fans in the animal kingdom. He’s signed on for a new film project that is meant to ease cats and dogs stressed out from loud noises, specifically on Bonfire Night.
There are two films, scientifically designed for felines or canines, entitled Peer Window and Woofering Heights. The titles are clearly a play off of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rear Window (for cats) and Emily Brontë‘s Wuthering Heights (for dogs).
You may be like, “That’s well and good, but I’m not a cat. Or a dog.” Yes, yes, we understand that. But you may know one or one of each.
The films are specific to the species. For instance, Woofering Heights may not be calming for cats and vice versa, Peer Window won’t do it for dogs. But both movies contain content that is meant to engage the startled pet and then eventually calm the cat or dog into relaxation. For example, Peer Window is set in a window frame, which cats like to stare out of as a pastime. And Woofering Heights is filmed in blue and yellow, the color spectrum of a dog’s sight.
In the clip below Tennant talks us through what exactly we’re looking at:
It’s been suggested that the animals should be shown the film a few times using it as a form of therapy. That way they will already be familiar with the content.
A pet behavioral expert, Karen Wild, talked about the films’ impact, saying, “These films may seem strange to humans, but it’s important to realize that cats and dogs do not perceive the world in the same way we do and will respond to completely different audio and visual stimuli.”
Yes, that is very true: Humans understand things differently than cats and dogs (we should hope so). But, just like us, cats and dogs can become alarmed by loud noises in the night and may need some help calming down.
It’s not so weird to us.
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