Hi guys. I've always had dogs and cats together. My big old great dane was no problem, she was a puppy when I got her, sadly died 3 years ago with bone cancer. We also have/had a little mixed breed jack russell type who is almost 7 now. He went to live at my daughters in October, she was very attatched to the dog and the dog had been bought for her. He is thriving there, very settled indeed. 1sttime ever I've been without a dog and I so missed the walks, the company ect. I've been looking around for a while for a dog and now I found one. She is 18 month old german shepherd, an absolute sweetie. She come from a home where I'm sure she was loved but owners pretty ignorant to any dogs needs. She was advertised for £80 so I enquired. Priority is good with kids as I have young grankids. No worries on that score. They also had a cat and I saw her behaviour, nothing there to worry about. She had puppies 10 weeks ago which I was horrified about..must have been mated approx 13 to 14 months. "can't find" vaccination records but they think October time lol. I have her booked in today for a full health check, re-start vaccinations, flee and worm treatment. She is terrible on the lead so I have bought a halti. She hates it but control of her is so much easier and safer just for now. Sorry I'm rambling, just trying to give a little history here. As for the cats. They have never had a problem with dogs before, that said, the last dog I ever brough home was the jack x almost 7 years ago. My cats are now 2 at almost 15 and 1 at almost 10. The dogs a big one and they are probably just too old and grumpy. I have a 3 story house, so for now I have put all cat litter and food, water ect upstairs and they are free to roam up there. They are all house cats so never go outside anyway. I have a stair gate put up yesterday so they are safe. I'm hoping that natural intergration will happen as they get used to the smells around them and it will gradualy happen. Obviously I don't want my cats stuck upstairs permenantly. Any tips anyone can think of to help me along, I'd be very grateful.