We've always had cats because I felt it wouldn't be fair to have a dog while we both worked full time. However, we've both recently retired and so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have a puppy join our family. I did a whole load of research before getting the pup, as to whether it was possible to bring a puppy into a home with two resident cats, how to go about it, how to ensure that things went well. I spoke to our local Cat Shelter, I spoke to many friends who have both dogs and cats, I did loads of internet research. Everything I found out pointed to the fact that it might take a while for things to settle down but eventually they would find some sort of grudging friendliness towards each other even if they didn't end up being best mates. Well it doesn't seem to be working. Star and Lottie, the cats, pop in for their mealtimes and that's all I see of them. They don't spend any time in the house with us now - even though they have a safe space where they can be away from the dog. This has been going on for three months and was ok in the summer when the weather was better but now the cats are out in all weathers - wind, rain, storms - all night long. They've always had access to the outside but now they just won't spend any time in the house apart from food time. I'm absolutely devastated! Ziggy, the pup, is now five months old and, apart from the occasional chase when he first saw the cats and we weren't quick enough to stop him, he's pretty uninterested in them, but the cats just won't settle with him and I don't know what to do. I've tried gentle introductions with Ziggy on him lead and the cats in one room but as soon as they can they disappear out the door - even when he's not around - and I don't see them again until it's food time, and then only for five minutes. I had this lovely (perhaps unrealistic) vision of the cats and dog snuggled up in front of the fire in the winter. Now it seems that Ziggy will be snuggling with us while my beautiful cats sit outside in the rain shivering. It's absolutely breaking my heart and any advice would be really gratefully accepted. So sorry for the long rant.