Hi, I have just joined here and I got my cat yesterday. He came from a woman who was having bad allergies, and he was otherwise going to the shelter. He is (I was told) a Maine Coon mix, about 2 years old, neutered and front declawed, and has lived with dogs before, but not in the 4months she had him. He is very sweet, loves petting, was instantly relaxed coming into my apartment, ate, drank and used the litter tray within an hour of being here.
I already have a 7month old puppy. There is a room she is kept in when I go out, whenever I am in she is out with me. I have also cleared a large storage closet for the cat, it has a babygate and a door, and for the moment I have been having them out in shifts, one in their room while the other is out with me, and at night the dog is in my bedroom while the cat has the run of the apartment.
How do you think is the best way to start introducing them? The worst the puppy would do is chase him if he ran, she never uses her teeth in play. I have noticed the cat hissing at the door when Ruby (the puppy) is confined, but he showed no other visible signs of arousal, and the minute I touched him he was like "oh yeah, you're my new best friend, scratch my neck" then wandered off and paid no more attention to that door.
I really don't want to rush this, he only got here yesterday and I know it can be a long process. I also know that they might never be able to be unsupervised together. But I would like to get to the point where I don't have to have them out in shifts, and if I could sleep without worrying about them being separated.
I have read most of the articles that google brought up, so I was wondering if any of you had any personal experiences.