Cloth carriers aren’t recommended because the sides could collapse.
Get your cat or kitten used to the carrier long before your trip.
A cat has a good memory and may associate firm grooming with a negative experience.
On the other hand, having to muzzle a cat and hold it down on a grooming table when it’s in ‘fight or flight’ mode doesn’t bode well for future positive grooming sessions .
For instance, problems may develop between multiple cats in a household, or a cat might stop using her litter box because of a physical problem that’s no longer even bothering her, or a cat might groom herself excessively, to the point of pulling all her hair out.
When behavior problems like these develop in cats, help is available from qualified professional animal behavior experts, such as Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB or ACAAB) or board-certified veterinary behaviorists (Dip ACVB).
For longer trips, place food in your cat’s carrier. Don’t be too concerned if your cat is too stressed to eat.
Kittens can’t go as long as cats without eating and drinking.