How do I know that? Because this sweet and charming face, belonging to Maggie, held a look of sheer confusion at breakfast time this morning. I prepped her food, but she thought it was coming much too early. She wasn't quite sure she should eat it or skip it.
Perfect topic for a Sunday Selfie, sponsored by The Cat On My Head, right? So I plopped Maggie down for a clock photo session, and I dug into the research on cats and time. What I found is a little fascinating.
According to the latest research, as reported by ABC News, most animals (with some exceptions) do not experience time in the same way that we do. They don't have the ability to match a specific event to a specific point in the day. That means your cat doesn't really know that it's food time at 8am. It just doesn't work that way.
But, cats do have the ability to measure the distance between two events. So your cat probably knows when several hours have passed between meals. And your cat probably knows when that distance is either excessive or brief, compared to the normal distance between two events.
So if your cat always eats at 8am and 8pm, and you try to move that meal up to 7am, your cat will be confused. It's coming too soon, when compared to your typical meal-to-meal interval.
We can't keep daylight savings changes from happening, as much as we might try. But there are things we can do to make it easier for our cats to adjust. That means really paying attention to intervals. The distance between meals should remain the same, and you should use a timer to mandate that, if needed.
If those intervals are the same, in theory, our cats should learn to adjust to the new time. Until we change it again.
Fascinating, right? I thought so. And I'm thankful Maggie was willing to sit next to that clock for our photo shoot. The green of her eyes really made the green of that clock stand out. I always want to take great snaps for this hop, and I think it worked!
Please leave me a comment, so I'll know you were here. And as a bonus selfie: It's me and Sinead. I'm planning a special followup blog post tomorrow, all about her mast cell tumor treatments and appointment with the oncologist. Do check back, so you'll know what she has going on.