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Fly or drive with cat 1.5hr flight

Old Feb 6, 21, 11:00 am
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Fly or drive with cat 1.5hr flight

I want to do the best for her as we are moving from SF to Portland. The issue is we only have a smallish SUV, and to make room for her and be comfortable, i have to clear one seat for her in the back, and won't leave me a ton of room for other stuff. We have a relocation package, so the majority of the house stuff is going straight to storage, so what we take with us is what we need for the next few months in a temporary apartment. The other challenge is the drive is around 10hrs non stop if we take I5, weather condition permits. If there is snow in the summit area, we will have to take 101 and adds about 4-5 hrs, and to potentially need to stay in hotel as we won't be able to make it in time for apartment office to open to give us the keys. We don't have the option of waiting till the weather is good to go since the moving truck is scheduled.

Kitty is a good girl, not particularly skittish, she is okay to go out on walks with me behind our house on leash, but she's not the kind that will be okay to go hiking with me. She doesn't really care going into the car, doesn't cry. Never flown.


I guess options are:
DH will drive car and able to pack more stuff (plus i can check some bags), Kitty and I fly
All 3 of us go into the small SUV, and will have to UPS some stuff over
DH drive small SUV, Kitty and I will rent a car so we have more space- probs doesn't make much sense

Any thoughts?
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Old Feb 7, 21, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by fayewolf View Post
I want to do the best for her as we are moving from SF to Portland. The issue is we only have a smallish SUV, and to make room for her and be comfortable, i have to clear one seat for her in the back, and won't leave me a ton of room for other stuff. We have a relocation package, so the majority of the house stuff is going straight to storage, so what we take with us is what we need for the next few months in a temporary apartment. The other challenge is the drive is around 10hrs non stop if we take I5, weather condition permits. If there is snow in the summit area, we will have to take 101 and adds about 4-5 hrs, and to potentially need to stay in hotel as we won't be able to make it in time for apartment office to open to give us the keys. We don't have the option of waiting till the weather is good to go since the moving truck is scheduled.

Kitty is a good girl, not particularly skittish, she is okay to go out on walks with me behind our house on leash, but she's not the kind that will be okay to go hiking with me. She doesn't really care going into the car, doesn't cry. Never flown.


I guess options are:
DH will drive car and able to pack more stuff (plus i can check some bags), Kitty and I fly
All 3 of us go into the small SUV, and will have to UPS some stuff over
DH drive small SUV, Kitty and I will rent a car so we have more space- probs doesn't make much sense

Any thoughts?
Normally I'd say everybody, humans and kitty, just drive. But with the additional constraints of needing to bring enough stuff for a couple months, I'd actually go with the rent second vehicle option. Sometimes you can find one with a no drop fee option - definitely worth looking for, like Hertz via AAA site - and you could all be more comfortable and transport a bunch more necessities without having to ship them and then be without them until they arrive.

Next issue: how long to drive in one stretch. I've driven SJ to Portland and back a couple times, and I hate doing it in one day. For the sake of the drivers as well as kitty, I would plan on making it a 2 day trip. However you space it out, make sure to stop every couple hours and offer kitty food and water and a litter box. Dehydration is a cat's worst enemy.
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Old Feb 10, 21, 7:33 pm
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Depending on SUV and whether it has a trailer hitch, you could look for a roof top carrier and/or trailer hitch carrier which will give you more room. Pack tight. Surprising how much you can pack in if you minimize dead space. Underseat space is normally neglected.
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