A stray cat got the fright of its life when it ventured onto a basketball court - and was chased away by a giant dog.

Maccabi Tel Aviv's mascot Donny the Dog jumped into action when he spotted the confused cat in the middle of the floor during a professional game against Bnei Hasharon in Israel.

The floppy-eared mascot in the yellow uniform leapt toward the black-and-white feline, sliding across the parquet floor and narrowly missing a clean catch.

He then got up and took another lunge before chasing the crafty kitty out of the gym.

Israel's Channel 5 sport network captured the awkward moment on Saturday, which quickly drew almost 100,000 views on YouTube.

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