Hi, I am the mum of a 5 year old who is suspected of being high functioning on the spectrum. Nowhere near an official diagnosis but his school SENCO is also qualified to diagnose so we look forward to hearing her feedbackand opinions tomorrow in a meeting. I myself was diagnosed this year (I have just turned 34) when we were asked to seek help from our GP so it's been quite a learning curve but possibly explains why I feel comfortable to the point of giddiness with cats, my son is the same. My partner is neurotypical and a closet cat man that all the cats will happily sit on. So! Would love to hear people's stories of getting a cat specifically for someone on the spectrum please? We know it will be a dream come true for our little boy when we bring home , already with our longhair kitten (bought for me on a whim 3weeks agp as her coat isn't up to standard for breeding so she was sold as a pet), he transitioned back to school much much much better than when he moved from a private nursery to the school's summer club, to starting reception, to coping with the Christmas break and Easter break, to coping with summer break. He is with most of the same kids and has the same morning and evening routines always, but it was still hard on him with nightmares, night terrors, anxiety, tantrums. I could cry at the change in him and she's very much my partner's cat (bought for me, cared for by me, very much a daddy's girl ) so I predict good things with this gorgeous kitten we have chosen for him. He adores Lily who I have had for 15 years but she clearly was abused before the RSPCA picked her up. She is still nervous of his energetic moments and likes peace and stillness in her old age, especially being quite blind now.