We're sending our two cats on a cross-country road trip. Who should they go with?
In anticipation of a coming move from NYC to the Bay Area, we're trying to figure out exactly how to get our cats there. We're driving ourselves, and so flying with them is out of the question (as is taking them with us—we know there are pet-friendly motel chains, but we're trying to fold a Mythic Road Trip into the process, and the cats seem like a logistical hurdle, if a well-loved one).
We've been looking at ground transportation operations, and think we've found a couple
of good ones
, but with not much to go on (other than onsite testimonials), we knew we had to consult the hive mind. These trips are done via van, with a maximum of eight animals aboard—all with their own crate/food/litter, to be handled/exercised at rest stops, staff sleeps on board with the animals. The price, amazingly, is less than flight-transport services—and, as we've been led to believe, likely more humane, depending on the cat's temperament (we have one intrepid adventurer and one possibly autistic agoraphobe).
So: Have any of you used any of these services? Which one? Was it awesome? Did your cats resent you forever? Did they come back to you with renewed joie de vivre and a jaunty porkpie hat? Help!