I have a scaredy-cat. He runs away from anything loud and/or fast. He is barely older than 3, and hopefully he'll live for a long time. Can I ever hope to get a dog while he's around?
My cat is a cuddly, loving ball of fluff
who is also terrified of most things. Lately, his two big fears are a yellow foam ball and some jangling bracelets. I once boarded him at a cattery, where he spent the entire week cowering in a corner. One time my boyfriend brought over a life-sized stuffed dog; he sniffed the dog's butt and then refused to go near it for days, even though it will still and silent and smelled like an inanimate object.
He has had some traumas (involving loud noises and accidents) in his short past that have made him a bit skittish, and he doesn't seem to be getting any braver. He has spent some time around other cats, but has lived cat-free for 2.5 of his 3.25 years. He also has a case of feline hyperesthesia, though he's fine on meds. Finally, he's a one-person cat. He wants to cuddle and play with me all the time, but he merely tolerates my boyfriend.
So, given all these quirks and behaviors, is there any chance he'll be able to live with a dog? I'd like to have multiple animals, and the boyfriend has a cat allergy, so I am not getting another feline friend. Does anyone have any experience introducing a dog to a scaredy-cat?