I heard that the changing weather affects cat behavior, Thomasina. Is that true?
How The Weather Affects Cats’ Appetites
Although the cats ate more in the winter, they didn’t gain weight. The researchers theorize (how do you like that word? My human typist came up with it.) that we have different energy requirements at different times of the year. I could have told them that, too!
In the winter, we need energy to keep warm. In the summer, we rest so we don’t overheat.
How Colder Weather Affects Cat Behavior
Cat Behavior In Hot Weather
Hot weather affects our behavior, too. We rest more during the day and are most active at night.
Quoting the Oven Baked Tradition website, “When it’s humid, the air is already packed with water, leaving no room for extra water from the body.” Ugh… that explains why we’re miserable and don’t feel like doing anything on very humid days.
Rainy Weather Affects Cat Behavior, Too
Did you know your cats can help you forecast the weather? If your indoor cats are afraid of thunder and suddenly disappear under the bed, or if your outdoor cat is pounding on the door begging to come in, you can be pretty sure it’s going to rain.
Experts think we sense changes in the barometric pressure, or notice changes in the bioelectric field or shifts in ionization. I have no idea what any of that means. But I do know I feel different when a storm is coming, and I can smell the rain from miles away.
Some cats love to play in the rain, but I’m scared of it. And it turns my long fur into a tangled mess. When I feel a storm coming, I head for home as fast as I can. And that’s how rainy weather affects this cat’s behavior!
I hope this answers your question, Curious. And if you’d like to read more about how the weather affects cat behavior, here are some links.
Do Cats Know When It’s Going To Rain?
Are Cats Afraid Of The Wind?
How Do Cats Cope With Cold Weather?
How To Make A DIY Cat Shelter
How Cats Keep Their Cool In Hot Weather