Hello everyone. A wee introduction of me: I'm 35 years old, and I've had my 14 year old cat since she was a wee kitten and I was really still a girl. I had just moved out of my parents' home and away to a new country. I had no-one there at the time, and my cat became my anchor, my home, my best friend. I have longterm PTSD since childhood (long private story, so won't get into that). My cat is essentially my family. I love her so much. Can you bear with me a bit longer to read this? If you can, thank you so much. And if not, that's okay. For about 5 years I have wanted a dog. I love dogs, and I have childhood memories of my grandparents' dog, who I loved very much. She is one of my few happy childhood memories. I held off getting a dog for five years, as I wanted to make sure I was in a good position to care for one. I live in a house with garden and work from home (even before Covid). I have read all sorts of books on dogs, and tons of internet advice on training and socialising etc. But I was super scared that my cat might not like having a dog in the house. I mean, I was terrified. A few weeks ago I decided that if I kept frightening myself out of it, I would never get a dog. So I managed my fear and took the plunge. I picked my puppy up a few days ago. Long story short: despite my best efforts so far, my cat now won't come out of her den at all, except for food, and even then she sometimes only takes a bite and then goes back in, or throws her food up straight away. Apart from that, she won't come out at all. She is normally an active, happy cat who goes outside and spends a lot of time with me. We are very close. The puppy is very hyper and needs constant attention, so that going into my cat's room (she has her own room that she can go to when she wants privacy) to spend some time with her is difficult, because the puppy screams like she is being boiled alive whenever I leave her for even a few minutes. I miss my cat so much, and I am worried about her :-(. I don't know if this situation is ever going to improve. I know I could give the puppy back to the farm she came from, as they were very keen on her and she would be happy there, but I would feel like such a stupid failure. The cliche person who gets a dog and then can't cope. Do you have some advice? Just please don't tear me to shreds. I am already beating myself up. Thank you for reading.