Cats offer warm companionship for children and the life-long value of compassion for sentient, living beings. In children, cats have a built-in playmate and attention-giver. In this example, we understand that the cat saved the girl from possible psychological problems (depression, etc.).
People don’t give cats enough credit for how much they can care for their families and brave and strong they can be.
Cat is a kid’s best friend, too. They just show it differently from dogs.