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
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.
- 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
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.