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Cat thinks he’s a dog and is best buds with three Great Danes


‘Lincoln acts like one of the dogs’ (Picture: Mercury Press)

A brave little cat has bonded with his giant dog siblings to the point that he’s started acting like them.

Lincoln the one-year-old cat even goes for walks with his huge Great Dane buddies Liberty, six, Finnegan, five, and Lucy, eight months.

He has known the dogs ever since he was a kitten, and owner Jill Whitlow, 49, says he’s never shown any fear.

Jill brought 130lb Liberty to the cat shelter a year ago to see what her reaction would be.

She and Lincoln hit it off straight away, and the little kitten returned home with them.

The retired corporate executive says: ‘I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to be a horrible mistake.

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‘But Liberty was smitten from the get-go and Lincoln wasn’t scared at all.

‘He was in charge from the minute he walked in.

‘He doesn’t have an ounce of fear and didn’t care that he was just a 3lb kitten, he still jumped on them and played.

‘I bought a two-storey cat cage to make sure he was safe whilst I went out, but I only used it once as they were fine.

‘Finnegan and Liberty follow him around. It is very sweet.’

Ruling the roost (Picture: Mercury Press)

People are often shocked when they see Jill’s huge dogs and wee lad Lincoln out on a walk together.

She’s taken to documenting their adorable friendship online, showing how the cat is really the top dog in their household.

‘People are surprised by how confident Lincoln is. They’re amazed,’ says Jill, who lives in Maine, US.

Finnegan, 5, Oliver, three, Liberty, six and Lincoln, one (Picture: Mercury Press)

‘I think people are intimidated by Great Danes because they are huge, but they are so gentle and loving.

‘They are great with other animals and really live up to their gentle giant name.

‘Lincoln acts like one of the dogs, and he participates like a dog by running over for a treat when they do.

‘He will wait for me to say “you can eat it now” like the dogs.’

Just silly friends hanging out (Picture: Mercury Press)

Amazingly, the dogs had never been socialised with cats before they met Lincoln.

‘I have another Great Dane called Oliver, who’s three, but has no interest in Lincoln,’ adds Jill.

‘But the others adore him. They are gentle, but Lincoln is rough.

‘He bites and jumps on them – they look stunned.

‘Occasionally, a dog may roll over onto him when they are napping, and Lincoln will get squished, but he lets them know.’

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