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Time change this Sunday: how will it affect your dog or your cat?

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On the night of the 24th to the 25th of March, we will have to change our clocks one hour forward. This means we will lose one hour sleep. Changing the clock will also affect your pet. Here is how you and your pet can adapt to the British summer time. 

By Emilie Heyl, 30 Mar 2019

Moving your clocks forwards announces the return of Spring (yeah!). The days will be longer and the nights will be shorter. However, this change implies an hour less of sleep and a slight change in your daily routines. Indeed, if your alarm usually rings at 7am, in fact it will be 8am on Sunday. In other words: you set your alarm at 7am while considering the time change, you will have the feeling you woke up at 6am. So yes, it will definitely take a few days to get use to this change and you will probably be tired for the next few days. As well, you will eat earlier and you will go to bed earlier. But what about your pet’s habits? 

Pets love their routine. Usually, they know exactly what their owner’s habits are. They can even detect when our attitudes or habits change (incredible hey?). In comes without saying that your dog or your cat will notice a difference in your daily routine and this could cause them some stress. 
To avoid your dog or your cat being stressed, the secret is to take your time to adapt to this new time change. 

Time change for dogs and cats 

In order for your dog or your cat to get used to the time change, you should move his daily activities. For example, you could feed him 15 minutes earlier than his usual time on Sunday, and then another 15 minutes earlier on Monday. and so on, until the new time suits your pet and you. And remember, if in any case, your dog or cat whines or scratches on your door, to make you understand that it's time for his meal, do not give in: it's up to you to decide when he has to eat.

For your dog’s walk, it's the same thing: if the morning seems difficult because it’s too early, it is however necessary: ​​do not forget this, just because it is too early! Your dog should be able to get out as often as before and at regular intervals.