Let’s talk about pets? They are as much a part of the family as mum and dad. We will do anything to ensure that they are safe and healthy.
As well as ensuring that our pets are safe and healthy we also confide them and use them in part as a counsellor and therapist. This further re-enforces the love we have for our pets and their place within the family. This is particularly if a family member has autism.
Pets can be very supportive of someone who has autism. They will protect them from hurting themselves during meltdowns.
They can also help someone with autism deal with change or transition. It is the help with change transition that prompted me to write this post in first place.
The last big change I experienced was moving out of parents house and living independently with my now wife. It was a big step and I found it strange and quite difficult experience. I did appreciate the space, quiet and general freedom but missed the presence of the pets.
I had resided myself to the possibility that I would probably not have animals in my house for a very long time but that turned out not to be the case.
After living independently for about 6 months we moved house. It was at this point that my decided on a whim to take back ownership of her cat.
This actually, really helped me with my transition to living independently. Having our cat around made the surroundings a lot more familiar to me. This, in turn, made the whole moving out process easier for me.
We have since gone on to adopt another cat who was only a kitten when we first got her. Away from making my surroundings feel more familiar they also make a house a home.
I know it wasn’t a very long post but let me say thank you for taking the time to read it.