22 Aug '12, 8am

Cat helps boy express his emotions

Cat helps boy express his emotions

FURRY FRIEND: Lorcan Dillon snuggling Jessi-cat. (Photo: Snapshot from video) Young Lorcan Dillon has never told his parents that he loves them, but with the help of his best friend, Jessi-Cat, this 7-year-old has been making strides toward expressing his emotions. Lorcan has selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for him to speak in social situations or tell even his family how he feels. The boy, who lives in Davyhulme in the U.K., struggles with communication on a daily basis and rarely speaks to his teachers or classmates. However, Lorcan’s behavior began to change when his mother got him a cream Birman named Jessi-Cat two years ago. The two quickly became inseparable. "The reason I got Jessi-Cat is because pets and cats in particular are very good with children with special needs," Lorcan’s mom, Jayne Dillon, said in an interview with Cats Protec...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/cat-helps-boy-expr...

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