We all are units of nature; we impact nature and nature impacts us. So your cat, just like you, gets affected by to the weather shifts. You must have noticed this change in his attitude, his appetite, and even his cat mood.
Weather and cats, what relationship?
Cats, like little kids, don’t have the ability to understand the weather changes. This lack of understanding can lead to some anxiety, especially during violent thunderstorms. Cats are scared of the thunder sound, whenever they hear it they run looking for some place to hide and it makes the cat anxious. So here are a few weather cases that lead to cat mood changes and sometimes justify the cat bad mood:
It’s raining cats!
One of the cat pet peeves is water, so whenever it starts raining, you can see that the cat’s mood slightly starts changing and your pet turns into an anxious cat right away.
The cat’s first layer is waterproof and a few drops of water initially get stuck in the fur, but can easily make it wet. If the weather gets cold, this might lead to a deep discomfort maybe even sickness.
Cats have an intense sense of smell; they can rapidly differentiate between the natural water and the faucet one, which warn them when rain is coming. Over the centuries cats where the natural detectors of weather changes, people were using their incredible talent to predict weather shifts, because of their reactions to pressure variations.
Being in the wilderness for so long taught kitties to develop the adequate weather sensitivity to survive, thus; from the beginning of the human times, people started learning how to detect cat mood changes according to weather to predict the next weather state.
As high sensitive creatures, cats perceive the weather changes as a threat, plus the resent of water makes them anxious and attempt to find somewhere to hide each time it starts raining.
And here comes the thunder:
While the rain leads to anxiety and extreme discomfort especially if trapped outside, the thunder, on the other hand, leads to sensory overload and extreme fear for the sensitive creatures that are cats.
If you start noticing an extreme cat mood, and totally different cat behaviors like running fearfully and hiding under the bed or the sofa or even making a loud meow, well it’s probably the thunder sound that caused all of those alarming reactions, If you heard the thunder and thought it’s loud then imagine what its sound would be when heard in its reality, which is probably what it sounds like for your cat; as your cat registers two octaves higher than you do when hearing a sound.
A severe storm’s impact is different from a cat to another. When in general cat mood becomes fearful and unstable, some cats might experience it with much aggressive temperament as they think it’s a potential attack.
Heat it down a little!
Even though cats don’t experience heat strokes as much as dogs do, extreme heat affects your cat mood and leads to a lot of cat behaviors changes.
A cat in heat with diseases history has more possibilities to become dehydrated. In the worst case scenario, a dehydrated cat can become tired and maybe even unable to move.
Be aware that even if the cat mood shifts related to heat are mostly due to a medical issue, your cat might develop an association between going outside and being sick and uncomfortable.
The power of the wind:
Violent blows of the wind represent an immense discomfort to your cat and cause a lot of cat mood swings. Between, blowing debris, the incapacity to breathe right due to facing the wind and maybe even nerve skin pain make your cat bad mood.
Maybe the nerve pain can quickly be forgotten if it’s slight, but if there’s a considerable wind blow, then your cat’s sensitive skin starts having irritations and many skin reactions, such as zoomies.
Seasonal changes and cat appetite!
Seasonal changes, which come with different temperature, different daylights and a lot of changes, impact naturally cat’s hormones, which automatically reflect on your cat mood and its appetite.
During warmer months your kitty moves a little due to the escalating heat and daylight, thus; needs less energy which and ultimately less food is required.
While in the other hand, colder weather requires even more energy from your cute little kitty to preserve the heat in his or her little body, combined with increasing dark time due to the short days, therefore, your kitty’s body starts restoring fat and demands more food.
Seasons more than sudden and occasional changes affect the cat mood, many kitties need a longer time to adjust the new season, and sometimes can even have a tough time adjusting.
Let’s talk about Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD)!
If your kitty prefers and already got used to spending his or her day time wandering outside, starting a harsh winter, for example, that is likely going to oblige him or her to stay inside the house, can make the pet have a rough time adjusting his routine.
Besides, the shorter days and the lack of lightning can lead the pet to cat depression and make your cat anxious, Catster.com gives more details about the Seasonal Affective Disorder concept.
SAD is mostly caused by the lack of lightning, as it’s the case with gloomy, cloudy and snowy weathers, thus; the less light there is the more your cat mood becomes lazy, sleepy, anxious and depressive.
To deal with SAD, some medications can be described, but as they are for human use they’re dangerous for your cat’s health. But, you can explore light therapy; it can be a good and healthy alternative.
Improve your cat’s mood!
As a cat owner, you wish to ease your kitty’s pain, and there is a lot of ways you can do that, depending on your cat’s case. If your cat depression is the issue, it can be solved by new toys, and a lot of interactive games to play inside the household.
Your cat, during winter times, can feel like he or she’s trapped inside the house. You can prevent cat depression by allowing your baby to run freely around the house, also, mentally and physically stimulating games on a regular basis will do your cat mood a tremendous good.
In case the weather changes make your cat scared and anxious, and you find yourself in the obligation of calming down your kid kitty, you just need to control your temperament and energy. If you remain calm and positive, your vibe will spread around and affect your kitty, which gives him or her a huge relief.
When the thunder strikes, comfort your kitty by petting him. Distracting him by planning a play session with lots and lots of stimulating games will also help him or her forget the weather issue.
If you already made your kitty a place where he can retreat, be alone and feel safe, then when the thunderstorm happens, he will likely want to go hide in the secure place you made for him.
Time is the best trainer:
Over many experiences with weather changes, your kitty will eventually develop the right notion about them, which is that no matter what happens outside, he or she will always be safe. So just keep being supportive and understanding towards your cat mood swings until he or she comes to the deduction that it’s part of natural shifts and that mostly it’s harmless.