moving abroad with cat
I'm planning to move to England next summer and I want to bring my cat with me. I have to start thinking about how we will move now, so I would like some advice, please.
She's suffered from anxiety issues and I want to make the move as easy on her as possible. She loves to go for trips in her cat carrier, so length of time in transit isn't as much of an issue as environmental issues.
I plan to follow all the recommendations for adjusting to a new home, but I was wondering about people's recommendations for being in transit.
My two options are to go via ship on the Queen Mary 2, or fly.
Ship: Would be 6 days in the kennel. I could visit with her twice per day, there is staff to monitor her (so meds can be administered if needed) and I can take her out for walks and play when I visit. Unless there's a storm, I don't see much of an issue with sudden jolting, but she may be uneasy being around other animals for a week as she won't be able to go in the cabin with us.
Flight: Would have to fly as cargo. would be confined to cat carrier for trip and there would be no staff to monitor her for the flight. She would not be able to have any medications because there is no way of knowing ahead of time how animals will react to the high altitude and medications and no one is around if something happens. I'm afraid take off and landings, as well as turbulence would be terrifying for her. There would be less time away from me than if we moved via cruise.
I think Chloë's trip would be easier on her in transit if we moved via ship, but going by air would be "getting it over with" and it wouldn't take as long before settling into a new home. With her temperament, I'm not sure which may be better for her anxiety. I'll talk to the vet as well, but I wanted to have some more thoughts from people.
Thanks in advance!