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From this point of view, the Linux filesystem is rather inflexible...
You can't do that directly, but I'm pretty sure there are indirect (workaround-type) ways to have this sort fo a setup... I just can't think of anything right now... Other than using the world permissions for one of the groups (i.e. cats = cats dogs = world)...
This ensures that all files placed in the pets directory are attributed to group dogs (regardless of which group the user writing the file belongs to). You can then control what members of cats can do with these files much easier...
It is not 100% solution to your question, but I reckon close enough ;-)
alinas, as you MUST have seen this thread was commented as a double post, and as such all the discussion was done in an identical thread in a different forum. it pays to pay attention little things like that, as you'll only most likely waste your time otherwise.