Practice makes purr-fect! The fearless feline is gearing up to throw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s Bakersfield Blaze game

By Alison Schwartz
May 19, 2014 07:00 PM

Judging by her heroic purr-formance that went viral last week, we’re sure Tara the cat is going to nail it when she helps throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game this week.

But really: If you saw the way she protected 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo during a vicious dog attack, you get it. (And if you missed it, watch the video below.)

Still, the hero cat is clocking in plenty of prep time before she takes the field at Tuesday’s Bakersfield Blaze game in California.

“TARA THE HERO CAT has been practicing for her first pitch on Tuesday!” the team’s Twitter account announced Sunday.

And hopefully practice will make purr-fect. A team spokesman tells New York’s Daily News that they originally invited little Jeremy to throw the ceremonial first pitch, but the subsequent media coverage misled fans to think that the fearless feline was going to step up to the plate. “I’m hoping for a miracle of physics and engineering. It’s what the people want, and you’ve got to give the people what they want,” said Philip Guiry, the team’s assistant general manager.

The 7-year-old tabby will be joined by her family, including Jeremy, who will throw a ball. The boy received 10 stitches after he was rushed to the hospital following the attack.

Until she plays the field, here’s hoping Tara’s enjoying her otherwise peaceful life.

“She’s usually very quiet around the house, taking catnaps,” mom Erika Triantafilo, who has three sons, including Jeremy, told PEOPLE. “The boys play with her, sometimes getting a little rough with her. Never once has she hissed at them or clawed at them. Never once has she shown anything but love and affection toward my kids.”