A brave cat has proven that cats can be just as loyal as man’s best companion,by saving its young owner from a dog attack on a California street on Tuesday.

In the footage entitled My cat saved my son, which appears to have been shot by a CCTV camera, a young boy is seen riding his bike on a driveway next to a parked car.

A shot taken from a different angle then shows a sandy-coloured dog trot into view on the opposite side of the stationary vehicle, and run up to the child.

Suddenly, the animal viciously bites into the boy’s leg and drags him from his bike onto the tarmac.

Within seconds, the boy’s cat hurtles towards the dog and chases it away, while the boy’s mother tends to her son.