Cat Adoption Positive for Autistic Kids


Cat adoption is associated with greater empathy and less separation anxiety for autistic children, according to a study published online in December in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

The study, which was the first randomized controlled trial of cat adoption in families of children with autism spectrum disorders, was funded by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the Winn Feline Foundation and was led by researchers from the University of Missouri.

Cat adoption was also associated with fewer problem behaviors in autistic children. Shelter cats were temperament screened to identify a calm temperament prior to adoption.

2 thoughts on “Cat Adoption Positive for Autistic Kids”

  1. Our cats have been absolutely soul-saving for our autistic child….not to mention the rest of us in the house!

  2. Marsha McCroden

    As a kid I was prone to depression. Our physician was far ahead of his time (this was late 50s, very early ’60s) and told my parents to get a cat, someone for me to take care of and spend less time worrying about myself. My parents found Fuzzy in a shelter.

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