is a very sweet, loving and lazy kitty. He is very happy living the simplest of lives - by day he lazes at the foot of my bed. He takes odd breaks to snack, or lie in his cat lounge. Every once in a while, when he needs to shake it up, he takes an adventure-tourism vacation to lounge on the bathmat.
I am currently anticipating a job offer that will take him VERY far out of his comfort zone - clear across the country. Previous travels have been traumatic for Agent Cooper and his traveling companions (namely me, but also anyone in a small radius). I'll explain at length inside - warning: it's a little, but not terribly, gross.
No matter what, I am likely moving to another city to further my career in the next few months.
My very beloved cat Agent Cooper entered my life nearly 2 years ago now, when he was about a year old. He was a pretty traumatized alley cat who had just lived through a difficult Boston winter, and was very grateful to come to my home and be a lazy indoor kitty. He's very attached to me and gets pretty stressed if I leave him alone for more than a day. The moment I picked him up from the shelter, the 20 minute ride to my house was a nightmare. He is a stress pooper - and it is shockingly smelly. He foams at the mouth and he cries and does this kind of panicked kitty scream, urgently begging me with his meows to make the terror stop. It is heartbreaking as well as a full on olfactory assault.
I thought maybe it was just the stress of having been at, getting used to, and then leaving the shelter, but last year we had a few vet trips and they were exactly the same. The reason for the vet visit, in fact was that he was backed up and had not pooped in days, but the moment we got into the car, he found a way. We had several trips and they were all the same, both to and from the vet. He never seemed to get used to it. To be fair, no trip we took to the vet ever ended in anything enjoyable for him, but the reaction he has to traveling is VERY extreme, every time.
I understand you can sedate and drug a cat, but that some airlines might not allow it. I'm also not sure if it would even work. One of the vet trips required that he be sedated, and he was completely out of it, with his little kitty tongue lolling out of his mouth, but he STILL managed to clue in to the fact that he was in the horrible no good terrible carrier and that it was time to poop, foam at the mouth, and scream and cry for rescue.
So - my question to you, cat owners of mefi, is HOW THE HELL am I going to get this poor little guy to a new city? I think a flight would be the most traumatic of all (even though he will be with me) - but the shortest trauma. I also have to admit I do not want to be that lady on the plane with the stinking, screaming kitty poopmonster. Is flying out of the question? I read this question
with lots of good suggestions, but has anybody had actual success flying with a cat this anxious, or should I resign myself to driving now?