Thinking of adopting two from our shelter!
Hello everyone! I live in northeastern PA with my BF and our dog, Lucy. Lucy is a seven year old Boston Terrier who I adopted two years ago, after my first BT passed away. Lucy has been blind from cataracts since a year old. She also has luxating patellas in both back knees but is other wise healthy and extremely friendly. She LOVES people and other animals. She truly believes every person, dog, cat, bird, or anything else, must want to be her best friend!
I have decided that I would really like to adopt a cat. I have always been in a house with cats and miss them terribly but my BF has never had any animals, and was raised in a "cats are worthless animals" type of family. Lucy is the first animal he has ever lived with and is completely in love with her. She has become his baby and he spoils her even more than I do! I have been talking to him about cats and introducing him to different cats to get him over his mindset about cats being nusiance animals. He is quickly seeing that they are loving, affectionate and fun but still has some concerns.
We hoped to find a cat to adopt that was already declawed. Lucy had a severe injury last year to her eye (she could have actually lost the eye) when she got too close to an aggressive cat that took a swat at her face. Of course, she can't see it coming and is very vulnerable to scratches. After a few weeks of searching Petfinder, I decided to check our local shelter in person to see if any cats were available but not posted online. No declawed cats but, of course, I found two very sweet cats, both about a year old, that I fell in love with and want to bring home. They did not come in to the shelter together but have very similar personailities. I was able to observe them in a playroom with other cats, see their reaction to dogs at the room's window and spend some time with them myself. Overall, they are very laid back, didn't seem to be phased by strange surroundings, smells, sounds, strange cats or the dogs at the window. Neither showed fear, nervousness or aggression and were not clingy or in need of 24/7 attention so I doubt I would have to worry about any jealousy between the animals.
My BF is a little concerned about the fact that neither is declawed and is afraid of Lucy getting hurt again. We've talked about using the nail caps that I've seen advertised that will slide over their nails but I have never tried them before or known anyone that's used them.
I have also never introduced an adult cat to a dog. Given the fact that they are so laid back and still young, I am hopeful that they will adjust well and be happy with each other, us and our dog. Am I being a little too hopeful or am I taking too great of a chance?