"Meow~ this carrier is dark and stuffy. I need something to relax in here"
Get a towel or blanket and put it in your cat's bed, or wherever it likes to sleep, a few days before the trip. The goal is to get your cat's smells, and the smells of home, onto the towel. In addition, the cat will already be comfortable with the towel and find comfort from it.
Prepare the cage on the morning of the trip, or the night before. Put the towel your cat has been sleeping on at the bottom of the cage, and put an additional towel under the cage if the cage floor needs extra padding. Add a favorite toy to keep your cat company as well.
"Meow~ thank you human for your thoughtful set up."
Hope they think this way. =)
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