If you have an autistic child, you may wonder if it would be appropriate to get a cat. fortunately, Gretchen Carlisle, a research scientist at the Missouri University Research Center, found that both children with autism and cats can mutually benefit from each other’s company.

“It’s not only important to examine how families of children with autism may benefit from these wonderful companion animals, but also if the relationship is stressful or burdensome for the shelter cats being adopted into a new, perhaps unpredictable environment,” Carlisle said. “In our study, we found the cats acclimated well to their new families and became significantly less stressed over time.”

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