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Daylight Saving Time Can Stress Out Your Pet

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Daylight Saving Time Can Stress Out your PEt

Yes way.

You might think it unlikely that the switch to daylight saving time (DST) could throw your cat or dog's busy schedule — eat, sleep, eat, sleep — off-kilter.

But, as it turns out, some animals are so in tune with their owners' schedules that the one-hour spring forward can cause some confusion.

Alison Holdhus-Small, research assistant at CSIRO Livestock Industries says:

"Animals that live with humans develop routines related to human activity — for example, cows become accustomed to being milked at particular times of day, or pet dogs become accustomed to going for walks or being fed at a particular time of day. When humans apply daylight saving time to their own lives, if they carry out their routine according to the clock, the animals can become confused."

Oh no - our behavior shift could cause animals psychological and physiological stress!

Holdhus-Small suggests gradually changing the animal's activities by a few minutes a day rather than the whole hour at once.

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