Heath Problem Warning
Many health problems occur around this time. Our pets easily get confused by sudden changes such as this. Included heath problems are stress, heart problems, excessive aggression, extremely upset, sudden seizures, and especially excessive activity.
Cats, rabbits, and dogs are crepuscular, meaning they are more active at dawn or dusk.
With cats, they are deeply affected by the time change, mainly because of their eating routines. Unlike dogs, cats know when they get food, where as with dogs, dogs usually get food anytime possible. They have no idea when it will come, and they get more excited when they hear and smell signs of food that is theirs. Cats just expect it, so around the time they usually get food, they are confused when they don't. Around the same time of feeding they do normal feeding rituals: batting paws, clawing legs, rubbing against you, mewing and howling.......etc.
Surprisingly enough, hamsters get the most affected by this. Since they don't consume a whole bowl of food every day, food isn't a priority. Sleeping is. Every good hamster owner knows hamsters are nocturnal, and when you were young you must have learned nocturnal is when you sleep during the day and stay up at night, right? Hamsters usually retreat to bed at 6-7AM each morning, putting aside an extra hour to make their beds for sleeping. At the usual 5AM each morning when they would be making up the bed, it seems a little later, but looks brighter out. "Hamsters use light and human behavior routines to determine time," Mark Evans, vet and former author of ASPCA Pet Care Guides says."Daylights Savings Time shocks hamsters and leaves them sleeping longer, possibly all day and night." Veterinarians agree Daylights Savings Time has the most pets dying or going into comas of shock.
Change Routines Without Really Changing Them.....Huh??
The simplest way to solve it is to go back one hour in your mind. If you normally feed your dog at 6 PM start serving it at 5:15 PM for two days followed by two days at 5:30 PM and them two days of 5:45 PM and finally 6:00 PM. Same with breakfast, walks, and cage cleanings for critters. For hamsters use the 15 minutes sooner but in the room close the blinds or put him in a dark room. Every two days leave the lights or blinds on fifteen minutes longer until finally you do it normally and he gets used to it.(same with rats, bunnies, mice...etc.) Use a notebook or schedule to keep track. A little flexibility with the routine lets it be less demanding for you and your pets.
|I tried the same technique with Daisy's feeding times.....It seems to work!!|