Can Cats Have Autism? Signs Of Autism In Cats

In a nutshell, cats can't have autism, but they can be diagnosed with other conditions.

steven zauderer
Steven Zauderer
September 20, 2023
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Can cats have autism? This is a commonly asked question that might have crossed your mind as you try to understand your cat's unique behaviors. Many pet lovers and experts have discovered similarities between special-needs cats and people with autism.

There are several behaviors in cats that are similar to those found in humans with autism, including:

  1. Avoiding eye contact
  2. Repeating the same actions
  3. Not wanting to be touched or held

Can Cats Have Autism?

Cats can't have autism, but they can be diagnosed with other conditions, and like humans and other animals, some cats have special needs.

Some special-needs cats have mental impairments which may result from birth defects, illness, or accidents. Some cats even have Down syndrome-type symptoms.

You should check in with your veterinarian to find the exact causes and learn how to properly care for your cat.

Can Cats Have ADHD?

Some vets and animal experts agree that cats can have ADHD. However, the condition isn't recognized by all.

Can Cats Have Special Needs?

Yes, cats can have special needs. You might see cats with special needs if you visit at animal shelter. Some cats require additional attention due to a variety of ailments such as amputation, deafness, and blindness.

Can Cats Have Asperger's Syndrome?

No, cats can't have asperger's syndrome.

Why Do Cats Act Autistic?

Cats with autistic behaviors usually have anxiety or OCD. This disorder often occurs in indoor cats and can be related to environmental changes or stress.

steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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