Such a warm friendship, it made my eyes wet. A friendship between a cat and a dog has a lot to do with their personality and also with the way they have been introduced to each other. Cats and dogs living in the same household generally figure out a way to get along; they learn about the other through experimentation and observation. In the cat’s case, observation from on high is the preferred approach. The owner can help the animals get along by simple training, like Classical conditioning- the process of associating a neutral stimulus with an involuntary response until the stimulus elicits the response. For example, you can help them associate each other with the good feelings that accompany eating by making them eat close to each other. With some instructive inter-species experience and patience cats and dogs often become loyal “siblings,” supporting and defending all members of the family into old age.