Time Change and Your Animals
How do your furries do with the time change? The autumn change has us "fall back." I find this so much easier to adjust to than the "spring forward," but I expect Bodhi to be up purring in my ear and asking to be under the covers at what he's used to as 5:30 am. It will take some time for him to learn that I won't be getting up to feed him breakfast until later. The good news is that both Bodhi and Flora are used to us sleeping later on weekends, so I'll talk to him and explain that he'll need to be as "patient" with us staying in bed as he is on the weekends. I'll let you know how it goes...
Can You Just Tell Them?
Yes! You can let your animals know that the morning will be starting a bit later and you'll be going to bed earlier. Once you get them on the new feeding schedule, they will have a better understanding of the shift. I do not feed (or recommend feeding) our animals at the exact time every day. Building in flexibility is better for everyone concerned. That way they will learn to be more tolerant when you do want to sleep in and they'll be less stressed when you stay out later some evenings.
To Ease The Transition
If your animals get stressed at the change in routine, start adding Rescue Remedy to the water bowl now and pet them with a drop or two. Tell them, "Our routine is changing. We'll be sleeping later and feeding you later, but all is well and fine." Then, if they do wake you up, tell them to wait, breakfast will be later today. Most animals will make the transition within a week. The calmer you are about it, the easier it will be for them.
If you have an animal who is particularly rattled by any change, you can always ease them into it by getting up earlier for a few days and lengthening the time gradually. Another way to ease their stress is to add a petting or massage session around bedtime and asking them to remember to let you sleep in the morning.
Planning a bit ahead will help you and your furries transition more calmly and easily. Enjoy that extra hour when you get it!
With Love, Your Voice of Animals,