Do animals get jet-lag?

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31/07/2012 at 12:09

This is one of those questions that sort of popped into my head, and now I'd quite like to know the answer. 

So, does anyone know if animals can suffer from jet-lag?

31/07/2012 at 13:03

How would you be able to tell?  Most cats spend half the day asleep anyway!

31/07/2012 at 13:36

That's a good point

Not all animals sleep all day though. I was thinking specifically of the horses in the Olympics... 

31/07/2012 at 13:42

Perhaps not so much as humans, as they have not got the concept of "bed time", "getting up time", etc., to deal with. 

I think half of jet lag is in the mind - you're expecting to feel tired/bad/whatever, so you do.

Twice now I've flown overnight from the US, landed in England at breakfast time and gone straight to work from the airport.

I did feel tired toward the end of the day, but the next day I was fine.


flyaway    pirate
31/07/2012 at 14:17

Sarah - Yes, horses get jetlag. They recover pretty quickly though.

And as most cat/dog owners will tell you, Wilkie, they certainly have a concept of "getting up time" and "meal times"!


31/07/2012 at 15:11

Don't know about jetlag as haven't flown with my cats but they definitely have a concept of time.  When the clocks go back/forward they are thrown out by an hour at evening meal times for a couple of days.

Mornings they know when they think I should be getting up to feed them but this is affected by daylight hours.

31/07/2012 at 15:42

@Wilkie - half the day?  Your cat must be active - the one that stays with us hardly moves, and even when she does it's begrudgingly because we won't bring food to bed for her.

31/07/2012 at 15:52

 beginning to wonder with all these questions if you're having a competition with kk !!

31/07/2012 at 21:05

LOL at the idea of a cat ONLY sleeping 1/2 the day.  One of mine will get up, have breakfast, then do her best 'I'm exhausted' look to try and get a day-pass for the bed. 

On a serious note, it certainly takes them a few days to adjust to having their meals on BST/GMT. They are complete pain when this happens.

01/08/2012 at 12:12

My cat sleeps most of the time so even the change of hour makes no difference. It has munchies so eat as when it wants to. 

01/08/2012 at 12:17

Talking about horses....

Why do some of the horses in the show jumping have these hats?


01/08/2012 at 12:34

Wilkie, they're mostly to keep the flys off/out of their ears, but also to suppress noise at large events where there's lots of crowd noise - stuff their ears with cotton wool and put the fly net over the top to keep in place.

But it's also become a bit fashionable as well - I noticed the German horses yesterday had theirs emblazoned with the team colours.



01/08/2012 at 12:52
RunningInPleasePass wrote (see)

 beginning to wonder with all these questions if you're having a competition with kk !!

Nope I was watching the equestrian events at the Olympics and the thought popped into my head. I didn't have a clue what the answer was, so thought I'd ask - this forum is populated by all sorts of knowledgeable people don't ya know?

01/08/2012 at 12:55
Wilkie wrote (see)

Talking about horses....

Why do some of the horses in the show jumping have these hats?


Coz they iz cool

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