When my son was a toddler we took in a couple of unwanted kittens. We thought that they might be an ideal type of pet for our son (plus we were always suckers for sad animal stories). Several years later and yes the cat option has proved very low maintenance. Solitary, hardly ever seen, very quiet …. phrases that come to mind. Most days you are lucky if they grant you a few seconds petting with them. Often the only trace is the trail of white fur that seems to zigzag the house.
However cat and dog have struck up a relationship. When we got the puppy, I was worried about the effect on the cats. I certainly made sure that we choose a puppy from a home which had cats as well. It actually went better than expected. The cats prefers to be with the puppy more than human in our house. Often they can be found sleeping next to each other. Other times just walking round the house together. They seem to be the only thing that can calm the mad puppy down – well for a few minutes anyway.
Well they have now become better relationship counsellors than me.
My son has been struggling to make new friends at school, while the kids he went up with have all found new circles of friends. His Aspergers and Dyslexia in his own words make him different. As a result he is having panic attacks about being the only boy at school without friends. I’ve really struggled to find the words to help. On Friday he was adamant that he wasn’t going back to school…
Last night the cats and dog were sleeping together and my son watched them for quite a while. Then simply said
“Well if they can be friends then there might still be hope for someone like me. I’ll give School another go”.