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Meet the dog who thinks he's a cat!

Byline: ANI

London, August 25 (ANI): In a bizarre case of identity crisis, a dog who shared his home with 40 cats, and has a feline for his best friend, has been offered for adoption.

Chippy was tagged as an "honorary" feline by the Cats Protection League, after he failed to learn how to be a dog.

The charity in Stroud, Gloucestershire, revealed that the Jack Russell, estimated to be between 13 and 15 years old, even used the litter tray and rarely barked after spending his life around cats.

"He came to us as part of a rescue from a multi-cat household in Cirencester," the Telegraph quoted Liz Dart, who is fostering Chippy in Nailsworth, as saying.

"We couldn't leave Chippy behind because he had lived with cats all his life. I suppose, having always lived among them he just doesn't know any different. He never learned how to be a dog.

"He goes to bed with Annie, one of the other cats, as they are very close and ideally we would home them together. She's very protective of him.

"He didn't really bark and still uses a litter tray now. He has chewed up a toy mouse - whether he was responding to cat nip on it, I don't know. He eats dog food now - goodness knows what he ate before," Liz added.

Referring to Chippy, the Stroud Cats Protection League website, read: "During the last 19 years I have lost count of the number of cats that I have shared my home with. I use a litter tray but have never got the hang of purring! When my owner and 40 felines were evicted the nice people at CP just couldn't leave me behind." (ANI)

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