Winter’s shorter days and colder temperatures not only have a range of effects on humans, but did you know they can affect pets, too? Both dogs and cats experience a number of changes, physically and behaviourally when temperatures dip and the sun goes down earlier in the day.
Like humans, pets rely on sunlight to direct their natural circadian rhythms. With less sunlight available during the winter months, their bodies, and their routines need to adjust to the changes.
Most people are aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its effects on humans, but fewer know that pets might be susceptible to the condition, too. The reasoning behind SAD makes sense. Fewer daylight hours increases melatonin production in the brain, making your pets feel sleepy and lethargic.
It’s not uncommon for pets to sleep more and be less interested in playing or exhibit more aggressive or irritable behaviour.