So I talked with the relocation company today, and got my questions about how their pet relocation works answered. Unfortunately, they don't take care of the logistical issues inherent with moving a cat by plane without having a car to transport stuff around in for you, and the pet-moving allowance wouldn't cover hiring a third-party pet moving company, so it looks like instead of taking advantage of the car-moving service I will instead be driving up with Werner (with a litter box, water dish, and food dish in back), and taking advantage of the pet-friendly hotels on the way.
The advantage to this is that it'll also make it easier for me to deal with my wine and liquor collection (sorry, Mike and Milo), as well as the musical instruments I don't have hard cases for. The disadvantage to this is driving for 12 hours with a meowing, clingy cat through hot Californian desert and winding, windy Oregon freeways and going up steep hills in an underpowered car. This will be the second time I've done a long trip in this car (the first one was when I first bought it) and I know it'll be okay, because it'll be the opposite trip from the one that felt so bad five years ago.
I really should make sure all this stuff will fit in back though. (If only I had my car right now!)
Anyway, right now the big variable is when the movers can come to get my stuff, including what time of day they'll be finished (i.e. whether it'll take two or three days for me to drive to Seattle). Once I get the movers scheduled I can schedule everything else too, and then I'll know how much time I'll have in Seattle to take care of other stuff. Of course, there's the other variable about how long it'll take for my SF condo to sell and thus make it possible for me to buy another property in Seattle. But my Realtor™ doesn't think it'll take that long, with how the housing market is in SF right now. Apparently the other Realtor™s at his agency are very interested in my property and are looking forward to it being listed. That's a good sign! If I can avoid doing a contingent purchase that'll only make things go more smoothly on the Seattle end (and make it easier for me to get financing for the converted factory loft I really want).