Can Cats Be Autistic? (Explaining behaviors that might imply autism)

Can Cats Have Autism?

Cats can suffer from mental disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder, but there is no evidence that they can suffer from autism spectrum disorder.   Most mental issues that cats have are connected to physical causes like birth defects, injury or illnesses

What Is Autism?

Autism is a cluster of different conditions that are connected to troubles with social skills, speech, and nonverbal communication.  There are different types of autism, and this is why we use a term “autism spectrum” rather than just autism.

What Are Some Behaviors That Imply Autism?

- Avoiding eye contact and desiring to be alone - Not wanting to be touched, held or cuddled - Not adjusting to new routines - Being interested in others but having no ability to communicate with them - Repeating the same things non stop

What Cat Behaviors Are Similar To Behaviors Of Autistic Spectrum?

- Lack Of Social Interaction  - Too much or too little vocalization - Inability to focus with sensory abnormalities  - Extraordinary focus and high intelligence - Repetitive behaviors

Cats Can Help People With Autism

Since cats can sense emotions, they can actually help people with autism!  Studies have shown that interaction with a pet while waking up lowers the cortisol levels, making a day less stressful for people with autism.