(WTHR) -- A family's pet cat is being called a hero for doing something that caught even his owner off-guard.

That would-be burglar showed up at a house on Finley Avenue around midnight determined to get in. But the family cat had something else in mind.

"I was shocked the first time he started growling," said Cynthia Kootz, Binky's owner.

Kootz now holds onto her cat when certain company comes by. However, the same cat loves children and even plays with relatives he knows.

It turns out that Binky ended up saving the day when he heard a noise in the backyard near the garage around midnight.

Cynthia immediately asked her boyfriend about the noise, but they eventually dismissed it.

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