People with autism are often compared to cats. How do cats feel about people with autism? At just a few weeks old, Dasha the cat found herself in a family with a child with autism. In her journal she provides a fresh outlook on autism – from the feline perspective.
The publication of Temple Grandin’s book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior turned Dasha’s household into a research laboratory, with the humans observing Dasha’s behaviours and the cat experimenting with the ‘human guinea pigs’. Starting with basics, and moving on to more complex and contentious questions, Dasha’s humorous and accessible journal makes autism understandable to anyone new to the field, and her feline perspective gives an unbiased view for those with more knowledge. Dasha also examines common misconceptions about animals, and explores whether it is true that people with autism are similar to cats, and people without autism are similar to dogs.
This delightful read provides an easy introduction to explain the myths and mysteries of autism.