Our first mistake was trying to cram her into a friends travel case, which was obviously used and smelled of cat. She hissed, scratched and bit as we unsympathetically tried to cram her into this cage with no avail. Second mistake was bringing this same cage into the vet with us where she began her transition into an evil blankety blank. We received a 20 minute lecture from the vet on how cats are just animals and not always adaptable to change and that it was not a good idea to bring her on the boat with us, let alone travel on the plane with her. He told us that even tranquilizers were not recommend. Alcohol was the analogy used for the affect of tranquilizers on a cat, you never know what your gonna get. Sometimes you get a fun drunk, other times you get a crazy mean drunk. No buddy wants a crazy mean cat. They're sharp!!! - not a good vision after seeing her held down today in two fish nets with the vet wearing falconry gloves. We opted out of the tranquilizers.
So, what did we do? We informed him that we were flying out at 6am the next morning and had no choice but to take her along. This is how we survived the trip, if you ever run into this problem yourself:
Step1: Buy a brand new cage
Step 2: Spend $50 on herbal cat anxiety remedies
Step 3: Feed your cat tuna in the cage
Amazingly, this worked and she turned back into her happy self and slept the whole trip to Asheville, North Carolina.
Lesson of the day: Never try to stick a cat in a used travel carrier!!!