My cat makes driving home really problematic because he travels so poorly. I had to medicate him for the plane ride out here. Since I have to fly home with the cat, it didn't make financial sense to fly back out and drive the car back.
I wouldn't have wanted to do the drive back by myself anyway, and I had friends who offered to do it with me but it would involve taking time off work for them since it's such a long drive. One of these days I'd like to do a cross-country drive though!