Hey guys! I have just bought a 9 week old Bichon Frise and I've set him up in my office (the only room in the house with hard floors) he's got everything he needs in the room, a crate, bed, toys, water and we have him on a feeding schedule. He wasn't vaccinated before we picked him up and we're still waiting on his first vets visit so at the moment we can't take him out and about, not even out into our back garden as the neighbours dogs tend to roam in there every now and then. We're using puppy pads for toilet training which he uses fine unless he's stressed in which case he just does his business where he stands (even if that happens to be up against a wall!). The issues that we are having at the moment are firstly, that we have a house cat who, for the last seven years, has had complete run of the house and is fairly territorial as a result. Puppy seems very interested in the cat but anytime it looks like they're about to have a sniff around each other puppy either gets over-excited and thinks it's play time or the cat gets nervous and hisses. We have already let them get each others scent by giving each animal a blanket with the other's scent and then switching back and forth and puppy is separated from the cat by a puppy gate. We obviously don't let them come close to each other without proper supervision either. Is there anything else we can do to let them get to know each other without it getting stressful? Secondly, puppy has serious separation anxiety. Until this morning he wouldn't stay quiet in his room without someone being in the room with him. Every time we leave he goes crazy, barking, howling, whining, scratching and soiling himself all over everywhere. He isn't left for long periods, this reaction can occur in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. As soon as we're out of view he starts up and if he's left for longer than 30 seconds you can bet he's wet himself by the time we get back. Today he's been okay as long as he can see someone through his puppy gate, but again, as soon as we're out of view he starts up again. Is this a standard thing with puppies or is he a special case, and is there any way to get him more comfortable with his own company?