Years ago we did ship our 10mo old Lhasa mix to Hawaii in prep for a 3 year tour. I was glad we shipped her ahead; as any animal is automatically transferred to the Quarrintine Center, directly off the plane, with no contact by owner anyway. So at least she did not have to go thru the trauma at home of packing & moving. There were visiting hours each day when you could see the animal, and each one had a decent indoor/outdoor area of its own. I would assume it would be similar for a cat. In fact, when we arrived, they had "roomed" her right next door to another Lhasa. (She really looked like one, so I think they did it as some kind of kindness). I thought that was sweet. What I did not think was sweet was traveling each day, at the children's urging, from Mililani Town, near Wheeler AFB, down H-1, which all highways feed into, with traffic at a standstill at rush hour after the kids were out of school for the day. If your time frame is different it may not be as bad. But the Quarrintine itself was as good as it could be, given what it was.