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Heartwarming Friendship Of A 5-Year-Old Girl With Autism And Her Therapy Cat

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Remember when we wrote about Iris Grace, the incredibly talented 5-year-old girl with autism who paints beautiful pictures? It turns out that she has a behind-the-scenes helper who’s also worthy of praise – that’s Thula, her therapeutic cat.

Thula, who is almost 1 year old, is a Maine Coon. This breed is known as the intelligent and gentle giant of the cat world and though she’s still small and young, Thula does not disappoint. Her gentle and compassionate character is especially important for Iris, a young girl growing up with autism; “Thula has lowered [Iris’] daily anxieties in life and keeps Iris calm,” Iris’ mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, told Bored Panda, “but equally has the effect of encouraging her to be more social. She will talk more to Thula, saying little phrases like ‘sit cat.’”

Carter-Johnson, had almost given up on the search for a therapeutic animal companion for her daughter. When Iris happened to connect with a Siberian cat that her family would up cat-sitting for Christmas, however, she realized that she “just hadn’t found the right animal yet.”

Read more and view lots of adorable pictures here.

 

Although the web source is American, Iris Grace is actually British - from Leicestershire. Read more about her artwork here.

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Sanctuary

Thanks for highlighting the story Aeolienne. I also read about Iris Grace and her cat Thula recently and it is a remarkable story and there are other examples of animals being a great help to people on the spectrum. Iris Grace's paintings are stunning. There are quite a few videos about her and Thula on YouTube and they are well-worth watching:

Iris Grace and Thula

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Aeolienne

That's one cultured kitty. Thula seems to appreciate her owner's art and music too, judging by the way she is gazing intently at the violin and bow. It reminds me of how my great-aunt's black Labrador would sit under the grand piano when my dad was playing, invisible in the shadow apart from her soulful brown eyes - she must have enjoyed feeling the vibrations. ❤️ 

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