In the night between Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March 2023 we will switch to summer time, which means one hour less sleep and some upheavals in daily life, even for our animals.
Here’s everything you need to know about thesummer time and the cats and some tips to help your pet experience the time change!
The changes of daylight saving time 2023
The switch to daylight saving time may be good news for some, marking the arrival of the summer months, but for others, it’s cause for complaint! And for good reason: in general, this change involves a certain “upheaval” that takes a few days to resolve.
Naturally, animals are also affected by the time change. Want to help your cat adjust to summer time? Follow these recommendations.
Summer time and cats: things to know
The days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter. But this summer time change also means one hour less sleep, and adaily organization slightly distorted for a few days of adaptation. In fact, if your alarm clock currently goes off at 7:00, it will actually already be 8:00.
In other words: once your alarm clock is set at 7am on the new time, you will therefore have the impression of getting up at 6am. Yes, you might be a little tired the first few days. Likewise, you will eat and go to bed earlier, which your pet will notice very quickly.
Get your cat used to summer time 2023!
The role of the owner in adapting his four-legged friend is to accompany the cat in summer time by anticipating any problems. As? Just get used to these changes little by little.
In order for your cat to adapt to the time change as best as possible, gradually shifts his daily activities a few minutes instead of an hour all at once. So plan to feed him about 15 minutes earlier than usual, then again 15 minutes earlier the next day, and so on until you reach your desired time.
If your cat seems upset, you can spread these changes over several days. Either way, if your feline friend whines or scratches the door in the old time to let you know it’s feeding time, don’t give in: it’s up to you to decide when he has to eat!
Cats are animals of habit
As routine-loving animals, it’s no surprise that cats are both upset by the changeover to daylight saving time. Typically, they know our every move in everyday life, even being able to perceive the slightest nuances of our behavior and habits!
Then, inevitably, they may realize that the pace has changed and this can cause them some stress. To avoid this, the key is to allow them to adjust to the new schedule smoothly and gradually.