Heading from AL-Chicago, need advice on this trip

So im moving soon from AL to Chicago. I have a small car and also am bringing my cat . Ive never driven anywhere near this far the most ive done is like 2.5 hours.

One option is to do a 2 day trip and maybe stop somewhere in Indiana for a night.

The other option could be a 3 day trip and stop in Tennessee the first day.

Because of the cat that makes it a bit trickier and dont really want to do anything beyond 3 days. Making a roadtrip/vacation out of it could be fun, but again, cat. I’ll save it for another time.

Another option is… A 1 day straight shot. But that terrifies me.

Because of the distance im also a bit stressed on how to plan for stopping for gas and stuff like that.

Any suggestions on the best way to do this and how to split it up are appreciated!

Heading from AL-Chicago, need advice on this trip