We're moving at the end of the month, and found a great big house with a great big yard and it's basically going to be doggie heaven. Making the move will be Edgar (Boston), Ollie (Jack Russell mix), and Hotis (my dog-nephew, who is a Boston/Pit Bull mix). Here's the part that gets tricky: Our roommate, Mary Beth, wants her cat to live with us. My gut tells me this is not going to work, but I see pictures and hear stories from you guys all the time about dogs and cats who live together and love each other. Other information that you might need to know: Her cat has been living with a dog for the past 10 months (apparently they were not happy with each other at first, but are BFFs now), and the cat has not been de-clawed (so it could totally scratch out little puppy eyes). So ... how can I make this work?
Basically, I need to know:
1) How to introduce the boys to this cat, who has claws, and
2) If they react badly to each other at first, at what point do I know to give up?
I am so terrified to step into stupid pet owner territory here, so please tell me about your experiences with cat/dog integration. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance,