I'm flying with my cat this coming Friday (2 hour flight home) and need to buy an airline approved cat carrier. I will be taking her as a carry-on on so it needs to fit under the seat. I havn't been able to decide if a soft carrier or hard carrier is better. I'm afraid she will scratch or bite through the mesh on a soft carrier but i also am worried about lugging around a hard carrier with all of my other luggage throughout the airport. any suggestions? Also, has anyone else flown with a cat before? how did it go? thanks!