Okay, I will also add a personal story. About 1.5 years after I adopted my dog, I fostered a cat. I told the rescue that I wasn't sure that it would work about between my dog and the foster cat as he had never been exposed to cats in the home while with me and he sure did have the desire to chase any squirrel and rabbit that crossed his sensory path : )
The rescue was desperate for a foster home for the cat, as the cat did not get along with any other cats... I was the only person in their network who did not have another cat. So, we proceeded. And, I have to say, that I was shocked by how well my dog took to the cat almost from the outset not to mention how well the cat took to to dog from the outset.
Sure, I did have to give some stern leave it commands with the dog, and I was lucky that the cat was not a "runner," which really does help in dog/cat relations. But, the bottomline line is that something I was worried about prior to bringing the cat in turned out to be a non-issue. We adopted the cat. In many ways, our home was really the only home that would want the cat. At adoption events, it was almost hilarious how awful he was. And, in the end, he really did need a home without other cats and without kids.
Funny thing re: the dog/cat relationship - the next time I had a foster dog, my dog was very good at keeping the foster dog from showing too much interest in the cat. Any time the foster dog even so much as tried to chase the cat, my dog would intercept the dog and stand in between the dog and the cat. Sure, I know that some will say the dog was resource-guarding the cat, but it worked in teaching the foster dog to stay away from the cat... so, it was kind of fine by me.
Last edited by LifeofRiley; 07-09-2014 at 04:05 AM.