Because dogs and cats have an internal clock

VIER PFOTEN – Stiftung für Tierschutz

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Because dogs and cats
have an internal clock

FOUR PAWS gives advice to adopt when changing the time

Zurich, October 24, 2022 – Winter time is approaching and, as every year, the clocks must be set back one hour on the last Sunday in October. This change is not only perceived by humans, but our pets also notice that the course of their day of change. The change from summer time to winter time involves a disruption in the daily routine of humans and pets. The worldwide animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS advises on the best way to prepare pets for this time change.

Adapting to the time change can be a problem not only for humans, but also for animals. Dogs and cats in particular, who are used to certain times for their walks and meals, have to adapt. Pets can react with irritation to changes in the flow of their day.

Animals with a highly developed internal clock are particularly affected

Janine Cirini, campaign manager at FOUR PAWS in Switzerland. “Cats start meowing, attracting attention, for example, by rubbing against your legs or climbing on your lap. Dogs can also react in an agitated way, tend to jump up and even become grumpy if they are not fed or walked at the usual time. They start moaning, constantly nudging you. »

These tips allow you to gently prepare your four-legged for the change

“Most pets have a well-established rhythm in their daily lives. Dogs and cats, in particular, are accustomed to certain routines. During the week preceding the time change, you can therefore prepare your animal gently by delaying the times of meals, walks or rest by around ten minutes each day,” explains Janine Cirini. Slow adaptation is especially important for pets that regularly receive medications that must always be taken at the same time of day.

“Owners of dogs or cats who have not thought of delaying mealtimes or walks must, if necessary, live with a restless animal for a few days. However, if we remain consistent, the animal will quickly get used to the change,” explains Janine Cirini.

QUATRE PATTES est l’organisation mondiale de protection des animaux sous influence humaine directe, qui révèle leurs souffrances, sauve les animaux en détresse et les protège. Fondée en 1988 à Vienne par Heli Dungler et des amis, l'organisation plaide pour un monde où les humaines traitent les animaux avec respect, compassion et compréhension. Les campagnes et projets durables se concentrent sur les chiens et chats errants ainsi que sur les animaux de compagnie, les animaux de rente et les animaux sauvages – tels que les ours, les grands félins et les orangs-outans – vivant dans de mauvaises conditions de détention ainsi que dans les zones de catastrophe et de conflit. Avec des bureaux en Afrique du Sud, Allemagne, Australie, Autriche, Belgique, Bulgarie, France, Kosovo, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni, Suisse, Thaïlande, Ukraine, USA et Vietnam ainsi que des refuges pour animaux en détresse dans onze pays, QUATRE PATTES fournit une aide rapide et des solutions durables. La Fondation est en outre un partenaire d'Arosa Terre des Ours, le premier refuge en Suisse qui offre aux ours sauvés de mauvaises conditions de détention un environnement adapté à l’espèce.



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