Adjusting Your Pet to Daylight Savings Time

We all know that Daylight Savings can have an effect on us, but did you know it can also affect your pets?

On the second Sunday in March most of America “springs forward” to accommodate the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. And just as you might be thrown off, your pet’s circadian rhythm is also thrown off. Here’s what you should expect when it comes to daylight savings and pets, and a few tips to ease your pets’ anxiety about the change in their schedules.

You know just how important a canine’s schedule can be in maintaining consistency and good habits. And if you have a lazy pooch, you know how hard it is to get them out of bed when they’d prefer to keep snoozing. It’s important to keep them on their regular walking and feeding schedule as much as possible.

The time adjustment means that it will stay darker longer in the morning and lighter longer at night. If your pup has gotten used to going for an evening walk all winter, you might find he or she suddenly has an extra burst of energy in the evenings. Try to prepare them for the change a few weeks ahead of time by adjusting the walk schedule by 15 minutes every few days, rather than an hour all at once.

The same goes for feeding schedules. If you have a cat that meows seemingly on cue when it’s feeding time, you may want to slowly adjust your kitty’s feeding schedule in advance so you’re not bombarded by a chorus of hungry cat moans waking you up early or keeping you up late.

Just as humans eventually adjust to the time change, so do our pets. Just be prepared to give them a few extra kisses and belly rubs during the week or two of transition!