When the weather starts getting colder and the sun starts disappearing for longer during the day, it's not uncommon for you to start feeling the effects of seasonal affective disorder (or SAD). While it may be easy enough for you to make yourself feel better by going out and spending time with friends or family, it can be harder for your cat to feel energetic again when they are confined to your home.
In order to improve your cat's well-being when the weather is poor, consider the following ideas.
Try Light Therapy for You and Your Cat
An easy way to improve your cat's mood during the drearier seasons of the month, along with your own, is with a light box. Many studies have found that light boxes are incredibly effective at improving your mood by exposing you to light that mimics sunlight for a short period of time. Placing a light box near your cat's favorite spots can help ensure that they enjoy the benefits as well.
Increase the Amount of Playtime
You likely already play with your cats a few times a day, but it is a good idea to increase it when they may be feeling more lethargic during the winter or on days with poor weather.
Take Advantage of Natural Light When You Can
When the clouds disappear and the weather is good, it is so important that you take advantage of the weather as much as possible. This means opening all the window treatments and allowing the light to filter in during the day.
Keep the Inside of Your Home Warm Enough
While you may be used to turning the temperature low when you are out of your home during the day, it is a good idea to consider the effect it can have on your cat. Keeping the home warm, even when you are gone, will help ensure that your cat feels comfortable during the day.
Consider Adopting Another Cat
One of the best ways to give your cat a boost of energy and reduce depression is by introducing another cat. While adopting another cat is a big decision, your cat will appreciate having someone to play and cuddle with when you aren't available.
If you have done some of the above changes to improve your cat's well-being during the colder months of the year, but have not noticed any improvements, consider scheduling a visit to the vet (like those at Howard County Animal Hospital).