The Touching Friendship of a 5-Year-Old Austistic Girl and Her Therapy Cat

We’ve written about 5-year-old autistic artist Iris Grace in the past, but we’ve yet to praise her companion, who apparently makes much of her wonderful work possible.

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That’s right. Little Iris Grace has a therapeutic cat, called Thula. She’s a one-year-old Maine Coon, a breed known for their gentleness and intelligence. Her gentle and compassionate nature is a particularly useful in helping Iris deal with the struggles of her autism.

“Thula has lowered [Iris’] daily anxieties in life and keeps Iris calm,” Iris’ mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, told Bored Panda. “But equally has the effect of encouraging her to be more social. She will talk more to Thula, saying little phrases like ‘sit cat.'”

Carter-Johnson endured a long search for a therapy animal for her daughter before she witnessed Iris bonding with a Siberian cat. She eventually found Thula, and the two became fast friends.

“What ever activity we are doing Thula is there and wants to help and be involved,” Carter-Johnson said. “Waterplay, playdoh, painting, bike rides, iPad, puzzles, marble run, drawing… she offers Iris her companionship, friendship and supports me in encouraging Iris to interact.”

For more info on Iris and Thula, check out the source article at Bored Panda, or view Iris’ artwork here. You can scroll through more photos of the adorable and photogenic pair below.

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