Solar Eclipse Pet Tips
FORT COLLINS — Pet owners should beware that pets may need some extra attention during Monday’s eclipse, the Daily Camera reports.
Jennie K. Willis, an animal behavior expert and the graduate coordinator for the Professional Science Master’s Program in Zoo, Aquarium and Animal Shelter Management degree in the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University, offered tips in a press release.
“Darkness cues certain routines for pets, like going to bed or finding shelter,” she said, noting many pets may just go to where they sleep at night.
She recommended pets be left indoors, with curtains drawn and artificial light, to minimize the effect of the moon blocking the sun. Bird cages should be covered because they are especially sensitive to light cues.
Willis recommended that people traveling to view the eclipse leave pets at home.
People who take their dogs outside with them while they view the eclipse should keep them leashed. “With all the people and the variable responses by wildlife that may be possible, don’t lose your dog because you are relying on it to behave like it usually does,” she said.
Willis advised against encouraging pets to face skyward during the event, because they would need eye protection, just as humans do, to look at the sun safely, noting it’s unlikely they would keep eclipse glasses on.
Story re-posted from The Denver Post. Written By Boulder Daily Camera.
- Jenn Smith