HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- By now, you've probably seen the security footage showing one family's-tough-as-nails-cat saving a four-year-old boy from a dog attack in their driveway.
The video went viral and as a result the cat, Tara is an instant hero. She was on the front page of her hometown newspaper in Bakersfield and she made an appearance on NBC's "Today Show."
Dr. Jessica Grady is a veterinarian in Huntington. She says while you don't see this type of behavior from cats all the time, it's more common than you might think.
"I think this kitty, in this case, has a really strong bond with that little boy," says Grady. "it maybe even almost sees him like a child of hers, so her first instinct is to protect him no matter what was coming after him."
She says stories like this happen all the time, they are just often overlooked because stories involving dogs saving humans are more frequent. In this case, it was what the cat did after it ran the dog off, that made it even more special.
"I thought it was interesting to see the cat come back to check on the baby after everything was said and done," says Grady. "after the dog was gone."
Misty Jordan says her six cats are a part of her family, and says cats can bond with humans just as well as dogs.
"Cats are very protective of their owners, especially kids," said Jordan. "People don't think cats bond that way, they absolutely do."
She says she's certain her cats would react the same way Tara did, if a dog turned on her or her stepson.
"If that dog tried to attack, he would do it," says Jordan. "he would jump right on that dog."