Cats may help increase empathy while reducing symptoms of separation anxiety in children with autism. “Some children with autism may have sensory issues or be sensitive to loud noises, so a cat may be an appropriate, comforting pet for some families due to their calming presence.”

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autistic adult here to say: my cats are the best thing in my world. perfect cuddly buddies. if your autistic child can respect the animal’s boundaries, definitely consider a cat!


I have mild autism and I really like cats, always have. I’m pretty sure my dad is a little autistic too and he’s always had cats. Not a fan of dogs though, they are way too unpredictable, loud, smelly and eager for attention! Just my perception, I know I’m in the minority


> “I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?” > >Death thought about it. > >CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.


Ah I remember a post over at r/aspiememes that called it


Rabbits also seem to work great. 😉