Making the flight easier on your cat
One problem with long flights and connections is giving your pet a chance to relieve itself. A dog perhaps you can take for a quick walk at your connection, but what about a cat? So in my carryon backpack I brought a flat cardboard box, like you would use to gift wrap a sweater, and a couple ziplock bags full of cat litter. Both at our connection in Vancouver and at our destination at Incheon, I took Bluke inside a private family bathroom and using the box dumped in some cat litter for her to use. And she did use it, which I think must have made the long trip a bit easier for her. Then I sealed the used litter in a ziplock and discarded it.
Another thing we did was try and get her more comfortable with the pet bag she would be traveling in. Bluke didn’t really like being inside it, but she got more accepting of it, and we got more used to putting her inside. The vet also gave us some Pheromone spray, that we used on her bed where she slept, and also in her travel bag – again to make her less anxious.
Bluke didn’t look very happy during the flight, but she made it fine.