Moving houses can be a stressful time for everyone – even pets.

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Moving houses can be a stressful time for everyone – even pets.

To make sure it goes smoothly, here’s some advice from You Move Me’s perspective to make the experience a bit calmer for your furry friends.

Whether it’s a fish, cat or dog, Josh Herron from You Move Me said it’s important to be mindful of the stress and confusion moving can cause to your pets.

“Really thinking about what’s the best way that you can keep them stress free so there are no incidents during the course of the move,” Herron said.

Herron said you should make a plan to make your pets comfortable during the process.

Your dogs and your cats are intuitive and they know when somethings happening. They understand that you’ve packed away all of your stuff, and they’re sitting their wondering, “what’s going on?”

To help make the process easier, set up boarding or find a friend your pet can stay with.

“I know we want to keep our pets as close as we possibly can but you know some things like new people moving in and out of your house with your items could cause a ton of anxiety for them,” Herron said.

He said it’s also a good idea to keep your pets away from the action.  

“Dogs get out from time to time. We’ve spent hours chasing down animals down the street,” Herron said.

He said the best way to reduce stress on an animal is to keep them in the quietest area possible. Such as a bedroom, or their kennel in the garage.

And try to feed or walk them at the time you usually would.

Then once you’re on the road, take your pet in your own vehicle.

“We want to make sure we’re keeping everything as normal as we possibly can for all of our pets,” Herron said.

Lastly, after the move, be sure to update their tags or microchip information to the new address and phone number.

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