The Vine: July 8, 2011
So the good news first: the boyfriend and I are moving in together! YAY! Now, the bad news: he has a dog, I have a cat.
This is not that bad of news, as my cat actually thinks he's a dog and gets along fine with most of them. The dog has met the cat before and is basically just confused as to why he doesn't run when she puts her nose in his backside (he will swipe at her when he gets annoyed, which is a concern of boyfriend since he has all his claws).
The dilemma is that the dog has always had all-day access to the outdoors via doggie door, whereas the cat has never been allowed outside. I don't want to take away dog's access to outside and functions she needs to take care of, but I also don't want to come home and found my cat…well…nowhere. Do readers have any ideas to help or that they've tried? I'm considering an invisible fence, but am not sure how successful that will be (for the record though, my cat is on the larger side, he's very long and about 13 pounds).
As an addition: this will all take place in a new house for everyone, so if there's suggestions for setting up the environment for success in the introductions (as stated, they've met before, but only in very controlled situations and for limited time) I welcome that as well. My thought is to let the cat there first, then the dog will just think he comes with the house.
Thanks oh mighty Nation!
Cats and dogs DO mix
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