I will be moving from Boston to Phoenix at the end of the month and have made plans for my kitty to travel with me on the plane. The decision to take him with me has been really difficult and I am still wrestling emotionally about how this move will affect him and if I am doing the right thing. He will be 18 in May. His recent vet visit including blood screen came back fine. Aside from slightly elevated kidney enzymes and some minor arthritis, which the vet said is normal in older animals, he is in good health. He has always lived with other cats and me only - a quiet, comfortable life. Now we will be moving in with my parents who have a large dog, an Australian Shepherd. Zack is gentle with cats but he barks a lot and I know this will terrify Furbie (my kitty). My Aunt also visits quite a bit and brings her 2 dogs, so I'm sure Furbs will be spending most of his time upstairs hiding in my bedroom. I feel l have given him a great life and have always believed that pets are for life. But I'm wondering if the stress of this move, coupled with his advanced age, will be his demise. I am terrified to get on that plane with him and as the move date draws closer (January 27th) my fears increase even more. I would feel awful if I didn't take him, and I would feel awful if he didn't survive the trip. People are telling me to put him to sleep now, knowing that he had a good life. That is not very comforting advice! My vet is no help at all; she is the calm earthy-crunchy type who insists he'll be fine and I'm over-reacting - that the most he'll feel is discomfort being confined for such a long journey. I worry about him being in such a small carrier, about whether or not there will be delays (nonstop flight but still...), about him soiling the carrier, about going through Security and having to remove him from the carrier (He is not leash trained and I'm afraid to put anything around his neck.) while it goes through x-ray. He's usually pretty docile being a Himalayan-Persian breed and travels fine on short journeys in the car, but what if the plane freaks him out and he goes ballistic in the carrier? I'm purchasing a hard-sided crate, but my Dad feels he'd be more comfortable in a soft-sided one. My vet won't give him a sedative because of a possible counterreaction and recommends some benedryl to make him sleepy instead. He's adjusted fine in other moves but again, those were short moves by car and the new homes had the same furniture, etc. I am not taking any of my furniture with me, nothing will be familiar to him in this new environment except me. Please relay your stories about major moves and traveling with cats in the cabin and give me something positive to think about! Thanks members!!