I've never had a cat and so don't really understand what makes them tick. But I'm an animal lover -- and my daughter is a HUGE animal lover with that intuitive animal vibe some people have -- so I'm willing to be persuaded on the whole cat issue.
We have a chance to adopt a young (not kitten, but 3ish-yr-old) Russian Blue girl. She currently lives in a house with a dog and a parrot, but her owner is very ill and Kitty needs a new home.
The problem is that our 6-yr-old French bulldog is very anti-cat. Can that be trained out of a dog? Are there ways to introduce a cat into a dog home that eases the transition for both of them?
When I say our dog is anti-cat, I mean that she has always chased cats out of the yard. That's the only exposure she has had to cats. Maybe she's not anti-cat so much as protective of her yard? We also have backyard chickens, and the dog charged their pen for the first year, and she has ignored them since then. When I have the chickens out to free range and they come up on the back porch, the dog goes CRAZY at the sliding glass door.
I know many families have dogs and cats who peacefully co-habitate. Is it possible for us with older animals? If so, what do I need to do/know/think about to make that happen?