Sunday, July 22, 2012
Cat Helps Boy with Selective Mutism Express Emotions
Lorcan and his family live in Davyhulme, in Greater Manchester, UK. The boy’s condition makes it hard for him to communicate with teachers and school mates, and to express his love to family members.
But all that began to change when his mother got him a cream Birman named Jessi-cat two years ago. The two quickly became inseparable and Lorcan has since made huge strides in overcoming his disability.
Lorcan’s mum Jayne Dillon says: “She is a loving companion and is always interested in what Lorcan is up to.”
Dillon recently explained what the cat has meant to her son in a video interview with Cats Protection, a British feline welfare agency.
"(Lorcan) was diagnosed when he started nursery school at three and a half. The reason I got Jessi-Cat is because pets and cats in particular are very good with children with special needs," she said.
"It is a way for Lorcan to communicate. He does speak normally at home, he does not have selective mutism with us at all in the house but he does not express his emotions. He would not say 'I love you mummy.' He just does not do it. "
"But with the cat he can cuddle her, he can stroke her, he can talk to her and he does say, 'I love you Jessi-Cat,' which is really nice and it is a way for him to express emotions which otherwise he would not be able to do."
Jessi-Cat is one of the Best Friends category finalists in the Cats Protection National Cat Awards sponsored by Verdo Cat Litter.
Sources: Huffington Post and LifewithCat.tv
Image via Cats Protection