In a few months I will be moving across the US with 2 cats (The female is introverted and will slink away to hide when the unexpected happens. The male is a lot more outgoing, but can be unexpectedly skittish.)
At the moment I am debating between flying and driving them. My assumption of the pro's and cons of each type of trip are:
- Pro: Shorter duration: 2 flights over 7 hours
- Con: Higher stress environment: noisy, bustling airports and planes
- Con: Once the trip starts, it cannot be stopped.
- Con: More expensive: Need 1 booked person and $125 per cat
- Pro: Lower stress: It's just like a really long trip to the vet
- Pro: Can take a time out from traveling if needed.
- Pro: Cheaper: Just Gas and hotel rooms
- Con: A much longer duration: 26 hours of driving spread over 3 days
My assumption is that the driving will suck for me (but I have the time to do it), but will be better for the cats (they can better handle the lower level but longer duration stress).
Is this a valid assumption about the levels of stress of each type of trip, and in general how cats react to such stress?
Note that while Travelling with cat by plane is great for tips on that mode of transportation, my question is more about comparing flying with driving.
And Is it feasible to take cat on a 1400 mile, 21+ hour road trip? is great for the driving part.
After speaking to our vet (who knows our cats and their personalities) we have decided to go with the flying option.
Our vet will also prescribe anti-anxiety drugs for the trip (even though the airlines say not to dose the cats up), and has recommended that we do multiple trials of the drugs well prior to the flights in order to gauge how much of the drug is needed on the day.