Do cats have Asperger Syndrome?

I don’t know. With a few exceptions, the witch doesn’t know many cats. I know I ought to have one on my broom, but I don’t. But cats may well have Aspergers.

My last cat post caused two books to arrive in the mail, and here is the first of them; All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, by Kathy Hoopmann. I’ve mentioned Kathy here before, and she’s good with Asperger related subjects. And as I’ve said before, there is a great need for Asperger books.

All cats have Asperger Syndrome

We are many who have tried to explain Asperger Syndrome to others. Usually you don’t get far, because people don’t want to know. I believe Kathy’s book can do a much better job of it, with the use of cute cat pictures and short to-the-point descriptions. I’d say that the use of photos like these means that the doubters may stand a chance of believing. Because there are countless doubters, when it comes to Aspergers. “It’s all in the mind” is the accusation, and it is. Mostly in the mind, anyway, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real.

One quote in this book is “Sometimes his relatives think they could bring him up better than his parents can”, and how true that can be. Others always know best.

I would like to think that this book could be an eye opener when it comes to describing Aspergers to the neurotypicals, and if so, the use of animals to achieve it is good. Around these parts, one Aspie thought it was a suspiciously cute book, and another one loved it. And the witch loved it. It’s the kind of book I could see myself buying and carting around whenever a bunch of flowers is called for. If you know what I mean.

11 responses to “Do cats have Asperger Syndrome?

  1. Wow. This book looks awesome. Thanks for sharing, bookwitch. And, you know: the smart cats have Aspergers, the dumb ones…are kind of like dogs. (Don’t shoot me, anyone. I mean this in the best possible way. I have one of each and love them both!)

  2. I love the book BUT I absolutely disagree with the concept (‘all cats are autistic/ have Asperger syndrome’).
    “For the sake of precision, giraffes are a much better comparison” – if you know what I mean :o)

  3. Don’t know all that many giraffes, but you could be right. See, I’m trying to please everyone. Just watched Shrek 2, and my favourite is Puss in Boots. Although it could be Donkey who is the Aspiest of them all.

    The main thing is to get talking about autism, and if even just one reader is converted after this book, then it’s done a good job.

  4. Absolutely. That’s why I love this book

  5. One of my favorite students has Asperger’s, and I really like his humor, as well as his conversational skills. He thinks some kids “need to be introduced to a bar of soap,” because of all the profanity they spout. I don’t own a cat, but I will get the book

  6. One of the boys in my reading group has Aspergers, and I really like him. As you say, interesting conversation and a more mature outlook in general. I find I’m drawn to Aspies all the time.

  7. Personally I’ve found cats to be rather good emotion reflectors; perhaps they have ‘mirror syndrome’ instead. When treated affectionately they can become as doting as dogs, but when treated off-handly they behave in like fashion. I’m just back from holiday and my cats are all over me… literally.

  8. Nick, you’re just trying to make us believe you are really popular.

  9. He’s succeeded – I believe it ;o)

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