It’s that time of the year where the sun begins to disappear and the evenings become darker, although with that being said, Summer in the UK feels like it’s been over for quite some time now! That being said, we’ve now officially moved into the Autumn months, and while the temperatures may drop and there’ll perhaps be fewer blue skies, it does often see the return of cosy evenings and those lovely warm oranges in the trees.
It might be a surprise to hear, but Autumn also represents a change in many of our cats as well. Similarly to humans, their behaviour can change with the seasons and Autumn is no exception. In Summer, you’ll often find our cats are out for much longer and later into the evenings, or maybe resting more to conserve energy in the warm temperatures. In Autumn however, this may start to change.
The drop in temperatures on a daily basis may actually be favourable for cats, as they can be more active outside without tiring themselves out so quickly. They may be more playful in the Autumn months, and be willing to expend more energy, so it’s worth testing to see if they’re becoming more inclined to chase those toys around. Having said that, it’s worth noting that as the temperatures drop, you may have your central heating on making it much warmer for them inside. While this is often much appreciated by both us and cats, it can provide an ideal environment for flea populations. It’s therefore suggested that flea prevention measurements are taken, and we’d recommend speaking to your vet if suspect your cat may be showing signs of having fleas. Common symptoms include scratching, pulling hair out, skin irritation and excessively cleaning themselves.
It’s actually been thought that cats can suffer a certain level of sadness in Autumn, which may be indicated by a loss of appetite or lethargy. Don’t worry however, it’s something that’ll gradually improve and you can certainly help with the process. The reason for the ‘sadness’ can be narrowed down to fewer hours of sunlight, or an increase in rainfall and wet surfaces outside. Cats that are especially active and enjoy being outside will naturally notice these differences the most, so it’s important to keep an eye on them. Naturally it’s important to emphasise that symptoms such as loss of appetite or lack of energy can be signs of others conditions so it’s recommended to speak with your vet.
Hopefully we’ve highlighted some possible behaviour changes that you may start seeing in your cats from now on. Whilst the changes we’ve mentioned seem negative, they shouldn’t last too long as they get used to the different weather and shorter days. If they’ve been taken to the vets and it’s all clear, they might just need some love and care for the next couple of weeks!