Daylight Savings Time officially ended at 2 AM Sunday for those of us in the United States. (Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour!) For most that means we get an extra hour of sleep and relaxation before starting the day, but we’re not the only ones who experience a change. Did you know that pets, including cats and kittens, can be affected by the time change as well?
Cats and kittens don't use watches, but they can tell when there is a change in their owner's behavior when Daylight Savings Time happens. Much of what cats and kittens do is linked to our schedules. Any of your cats and kittens might get up when you do, and learn to ask to go outside at a certain point in the morning routine. Cats and kittens might even learn other behaviors depending on yours. (One client of Dr. Jon the Vet, a domestic shorthair named Bo, runs to the bathroom at the same time every morning so he can hang out while his owner showers. Aren't cats and kittens funny?)
Domestic cats and kittens rely on us for food, water, and companionship. Our schedules dictate when they get those things. When our schedules are disrupted it can cause changes in their behavior. An extra hour in bed for you might mean your cat wakes up at the same time wanting to play or to eat breakfast. Cats are very smart, and chances are if you're not up to feed or entertain them they will solve the problem for themselves! Kittens can even occasionally act erratically and zoom all around. Read about when your cats get the"Midnight Crazies" at Dr. Jon’s website.
Keep a close eye on your cats or kittens for any changes in their behavior after the time change. If they seem to be more anxious or are having more accidents than normal, try getting up an hour earlier and seeing if the behavior continues. Of course, you might get lucky and have a cats or kittens who will appreciate the extra hour of sleep, too.
So Sunday morning if your friends were scampering around a bit more.... now you know why.