You have to cheer for the cat here. And it seems the whole country is doing just that. When 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo, Bakersfield, Calif., was attacked by a neighbor’s dog, Tara the family cat did what cats are perfectly capable of doing. Dogs are just lucky they don’t decide to do it more often.
My guess is Tara was napping on the sunny front steps and was startled awake and into attack/fear mode by the proximity of the dog’s attack (cats can go from deep sleep to “eat your face” in about .01 second). Nevertheless, the cat’s actions likely saved the boy from a much more serious injury.
The dog has been placed under 10-day observation and then will be put down. It is said to be a lab/chow mix that continued to act aggressively when animal control arrived. Chows are one of the breeds I don’t trust, even though I try my damnedest to avoid breed stereotypes. Of course, if this dog had been fenced or leashed as is probably the law in Bakersville, the incident never would have happened. (I also I don’t condone letting cats roam outdoors.)
In any case, a tip of the hat and a big can of tuna to Tara. And best wishes to Jeremy for a speedy recovery.