The only autistic cats in the west?

Last night we collected 2 new kittens. J has a natural affinity with animals and he has long been disappointed that the cats we have don’t like to go up to his room and snuggle up with him so hubby and I decided ‘ what’s another couple of little mouths’ and Magic and Mayhem have landed…. or rather scuttled….. straight underneath J’s wardrobe, refusing to come out and trembling and shaking. Having had cats all my life, i can seriously say having been in their company almost 24 hours, they are the most traumatised cats I have ever met- they shun human contact, do not play, don’t look at you….. Has any one read the book ‘ All Cats Have Asperger’s?’ This is the feline reality:(

J was terribly upset last night as I think he was expecting them to be coming on his bed and playing with the toy mice he has and all they did was hide. We have has to explain they are a little sad and anxious at the moment,so we have to be extra gentle and have patience and they will learn to be happy again. Little M keeps saying,.’ don’t worry kittens, we’ll make you happy.’ Both J and M are just amazing to see with their unspoken understanding of all creatures and their gentleness knows no bounds.

They are beautiful and I can see J and M are going to have 2 little friends for life in them. Animals are like therapy to J…. horse riding and spending time with, particularly, cats brings a calmness to him like nothing else. And it is lovely seeing my little man being so grown up and responsible with the kitten’s food and drink….. another routine but a pleasurable one for all involved:)

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  1. Deb at aspieinthefamily.com
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 21:19:53

    HI, I found you on Netmums so I thought I’d drop in and say hi. My autistic son also has an affinity with animals, particularly horses and guineapigs, which calms him as well – its amazing to see. As you say, very therapeutic.

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  2. highlanddream
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 21:30:38

    Hi Deb, thanks for your comment:) Yes, the therapy value and unconditional friendship that animals offer is unique and so special. I keep trying to get the right 6 numbers so my little man can have his own horse!

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N.B. the title of this blog comes from my son’s very literal understanding of ‘ magic carpet ride’ ….. he believes this to be a ‘car pit’ ( as in ‘ sand pit’) and demonstrates this with a plastic lid and toy car. The magic comes in when the toy car is covered with the lid and it disappears!

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