Summer is a great time for outdoor activities with pets. However, there are downsides to the season. Changes in temperature, daylight, and humidity impact our pets’ eating habits, emotional states, and molting patterns.
Spring is the peak shedding season for pets.
The change of seasons influences the rate at which pets shed, and spring is the peak molting period. Pets shed more in spring in preparation for summer months, when they need thinner coats for comfort. Autumn signals cooling temperatures, and molting rates drop. Keeping pets indoors during these times will require extra care to avoid pet hair buildup. Frequent vacuuming and ventilation of living space are recommended during springtime.
Seasonal changes also affect pets’ eating habits. A French study identified a six-year pattern that corresponded with eating and weight habits of cats. Cat food consumption is higher during colder months, between October and February. On the other hand, cats eat less in June to August, reducing food intake by 15% in July compared to December. This pattern is due to hormonal changes and temperature adaptation, as animals tend to eat less when hot weather makes foraging less appealing.
Seasonal changes affect pets’ emotional wellbeing too.
Animals seek cooler and shadier places in hot weather. However, tolerance to temperature and humidity can vary between breeds. Breathing problems and lethargy are some of the symptoms seen in bulldogs, French bulldogs, pugs, and Boston terriers during high temperatures. Aggression and irritability are other side effects of heat. A study conducted in China revealed that dog bite incidents increase during summer months because of their tendency to become grumpy and less sociable. Thus, caution is required when playing with unknown dogs during hot weather.
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