Our dog is a rescue, she's very probably a Presa/Bullmastiff mix. Sorry for the length but this is a complected issue. The issue is the cat refuses to come inside, this problem been made worse by my husband's fear, and thus total separation of the dog and cat from day go, despite me using two baby gates (as advised by the rescue center where we got her) and every effort to calmly train the dog to have good relations with the cat, he closed the door so the dog couldn't see the cat, talked loudly to the cat, sending the dog into a frenzy, so every time she did see him, she did a cavalry charge at him. Now the cat refuses to come inside the house full stop, and even runs away from us, he's gone from living in the house for some of the time, to living like a feral. I tore down the door in anger, as I also suffer from Tinnitus and it was poorly fitted, I got sick of the constant banging from the dog hurling her full body weight against it knowing that due to the badly fitted door, she could open it if she did it hard enough, and the neighbors one side have kids who go to bed early, so I replaced it with another baby gate that doesn't move an inch, which actually looks better than the broken door! lol. Now the cat eats his food in a rabbit hutch outside with a hole in the door and is a perpetual cause of arguments between us. The cat will not enter the house, he's extremely afraid of the garden and us, let alone the house now. Even when the dog is not home, he does not come back until evening, where he waits in the shared ginnel for us to put food into the rabbit hutch and the dog to be inside. Then between about 6pm and 11pm, the dog does nothing but pace back and forth between the living room and the kitchen, holding her need for the toilet and the lot. S/O thinks a lumbering mastiff mix can vault the 6 foot fence (she certainly cannot) and tear the cat to pieces, not going to happen, dogs very rarely hurt cats, because of the sole reason cats are able to sheer high fences and get into spaces you'd never think possible, dogs can't do those things. I can train the dog, then husband undoes it with his weird, irritating and irrational ideas. I was close to getting them to get along, I had my own way of doing it which was working for the dog and for me, so I suggested he took the cat upstairs, but his face was stricken with fear and he said 'no! no! the dog might get him!' and gave up. This is a serious HUMAN issue/error, not a dog one, that's my feelings on my situation. I know loads of people with multiple pets of different species, even rats, where the dog gets on fine with everyone so long as they're supervised. (yeah even Jack Russel's playing fine with rats!). This is our fault. A friend of mine who lives down our road has taken in a dog after their owner passed away, her cats both live happily in the house, despite the dog being a new arrival long after theirs. She has a baby gate across the stairs, cats go upstairs, dog, which is a JR terrier, stays downstairs, no issues. The cats sometimes get grumpy but it's nothing compared with our situation. I have tried to tell my husband that given the sorry situation we now have, the cat should probably be rehomed. As I said, the cat will not come back or come inside even when the dog is not at home. Neighbors have also told us that rats have started visiting their gardens since cat food has been freely available in ours. I'm a rat sympathizer, I don't mind rats, we attract them with our throwaway lifestyles, they're not bothering me outside, but I understand people who live close by, who have children etc, may NOT want foot long sewer rats patroling their back yards. S/O is also feeding other people's cats, cats congregate on shed roofs and fences just waiting for him now!. Next doors one side have a cat who always waits for him. No wonder the dog is so frustrated, our garden has become a cat canteen. This is NOT helpful to owners who's cats may be on restricted diets, or they are putting on weight and they don't know why. I have NEVER once seen our cat eating inside the hutch, S/O presumes he does, and insists he does, and that's that. I've yet to see proof that it is indeed our cat that's being fed. I disagree with leaving any kind of pet food outside, for the reasons mentioned above. Now all I want to do is stop the constant pacing and moaning/heavy breathing from the dog that starts as soon as husband puts the food into the hutch and feeds every single rat, feral cat and hedgehog in the neighborhood, until he brings it back in. We've been having to tie the dog up in the kitchen just so we can watch TV in peace. I am pretty certain that had my husband not over reacted, I would have the dog and cat sitting side by side right next to me now as the dog only responds to commands from me. This is sad for me, it's most probably my fault more than anyone's.