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In my experience with introducing dogs to cats, the key thing is that the cat has to realize for itself that the dog is not a threat. And you need to give them time to do that. We got a kitten when my childhood Golden was about 15 months old. He no longer had a crate - so my mother held the kitten very securely, first just standing up, with the curious pup below, and then sloooowly, over a few days, she worked down to where the kitten was being held in her lap, and the dog would come sniff. He was definitely scared of the dog, and our dog was a big, boisterous goof - but as soon as he realized the dog would not hurt him, he relaxed - and they slowly developed their own relationship, and they became best buds.
Similarly, if I bring Tesia to my aunt's, we let her cat hide away for the first day. But eventually, Cleo comes out on her own, and stands very far away, or up on a shelf to assess the situation. And eventually, she realizes Tee is no threat.
Of course, this only works if you have a dog that DOESN'T chase cats with intent to harm! I have no clue what you do if you have a cat-hater.