ASMR On Animals: Pawsible or Not?


Aiden McKinney

ASMR, short for Autonomous sensory meridian response, is a tingling sensation that is caused by certain triggers. Having been dubbed ‘ASMR’ in the early 2000s, it is still a very misunderstood phenomenon.

While ASMR is effective on humans, the effect it has on animals is wondered about. Many people have tested if it does work, and many have concluded that it does work. However, more questions than answers exist when it comes to this strange phenomenon and its effects on various species.

Cats have had ASMR testing more so than most animals, mainly done by curious YouTubers such as ASMR Psychetruth. Cats have exhibited behavior reminiscent of human reactions to ASMR. Different triggers seem to have different effects. 

According to an article published by Petcarerx Dogs have also shown reactions to ASMR, with physical touch specifically, but also with other triggers such as whispering. 

While dogs and cats have been tested many times, other animals have been exposed less. Animals, such as turtles, have been used to create ASMR sounds, specifically food sounds, however, no ASMR testing has been done on the more obscure pets such as turtles.

Most of these tests are recorded by less experienced people such as PierreG ASMR and not as commonly done by scientists or professionals; however, strong evidence and research have been done by those less capable. 

After being shared frequently, the concept is gaining attention and popularity.

In the near or far future, we might know more about ASMR’s effects on animals.  For now, we understand very little, but perhaps that will change.