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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 28th to the 29th of March, we will have to change our clocks one hour forward. And losing one hour of sleep will also affect your pet!

By Emilie Heyl

Published on the 28/03/2020, 17:00

Moving your clocks forward 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.

An adjustment for all

Indeed, if your alarm usually rings at 7am, it will be 8am on Sunday! It may take you a few days to get used to this change and you will probably feel tired for the next few days. You may also end up eating and going to bed earlier than usual. But what about your pets' 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?). It 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.

How to help your pets

In order for your dog or your cat to get used to the time change, you should shift his daily activities little by little.

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 at 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! Your dog should be able to get out as often as before and at regular intervals.

Ever wondered why it's so important to walk your dog?