This isn't much of a question and more of an observation. While watching the film Lemming (dir. Dominik Moll) earlier, during the scene where Alain (the male lead) goes back home to find lemmings invaded his kitchen, I notice my cat who was sleeping happily till she heard the squeaks of the lemmings and then perked up and woke up for a bit. She went back to sleep as soon as she realized the sounds were coming from the tv. What intrigued me was, before that point, the whole build up with sound was pretty disturbing but my cat was unperturbed by it. Got me thinking about how my cats, we've got two of them at home, are often nonchalant to the sounds of the films that we are watching. They don't react to loud sounds, nor to the non-diegetic ambience/sfx beds of horror films.
So I'm wondering of the complex sound designs, what are the sounds in there that will trigger a response (e.g. fear) from animals? Would these sounds be more powerful to just be used on their own? Or are we humans too complex and have just been desensitized to the very sounds that were meant to target our primal instincts, that we have to layer in other sounds that attempt to trigger other connections in our minds? It makes me wonder if we could discern what sounds affect animals, we could possibly use the same sounds on our audience.
Apologies if I seem to be rambling but was wondering if anyone else has noticed how their pets or any other animals react to film sound.