I have discovered my cat, Nels, loves his carrier. This is so weird for me. Every cat we have ever had has hated the carrier. When I bring the carrier in the house, Nels climbs right into it.
With my foot healed, a walk on this beautiful autumn day sounded good to me, so I asked Nels if he wanted to join me. Yes! Outside we went - he was sniffing madly - all those outdoor scents and sounds. It amazes me how he relaxes and looks all around. Birds catch his attention, and trees, and people. While walking, three women were approaching, each with a small dog on a leash. Nels sat - alert, but not afraid. He mewed once when one of the dogs started barking. Immediately his owner said, "No!" and pulled him back. All was well.
I'm happy this is so easy for me - to do something good for both of us.