My wife and I are relocating from Washington, DC, to Seattle, WA, in January. We have six cats and want to bring all of them all out West with us. The logistics, however, of getting them all there is daunting. Until now, I’ve only had to transport a cat 30 miles. My cats hate traveling, even short distances, so there are difficult times ahead.
There are some of options:
- Driving them out there in our cars (two cars, three cats per car, about 3000 miles over six to seven days)
- Shipping them via cargo
- Flying them out as carrying on baggage (requires six people as only one cat per person is allowed as carry on)
Opinions differ on the best way to all the cats to where we’re going. Rather than inject my thoughts on the issue, I’d like to hear what others think, and listen to real life experiences if possible.
We’d like to keep costs low, of course, but not to the extent that safety to the cats is sacrificed and headaches to us become terminal.
Since we may be in temporary housing for up to sixty days, there is also a strong possibility that the cats will need to be boarded temporally, either on the East coast or the West coast.