Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

Scruffy Cat (Literally) Saved The Life Of This 6-Year Old Girl With Autism.

Life is a series of countless tiny miracles. Some people may have different names or explanations for such occurrences. It may be called co-incidence, science, but some defy all logic. It may be considered a bit backwards to believe in miracles. That might be the only explanation we can think of though.

Plus, there is something magical and endearing believing in the power of miracles.

Iris Grace Halmshaw's best friend is a Maine Coon cat called Thula.

Iris Grace was diagnosed with autism when she was two years old.

 Iris Grace Halmshaw's best friend is a Maine Coon cat called Thula.

Iris Grace Painting / Facebook

The prognosis was not promising in the least.

Her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson was told her little girl may never be able to communicate, speak, or form relationships with others.

The prognosis was not promising in the least.

Iris Grace Painting / Facebook

The six-year-old loves painting though and thrives doing it. It was in this moment when the mother felt closest to her daughter. "She would let me sit beside her while she painted and hold her hand to take her to the sink to wash her brushes. It was just lovely," admits Arabella.

The family got Iris Grace a therapy dog but it didn't work out. The child did not make eye contact and was immersed in her own world. Things changed when a cat belonging to a family member stayed with them over Christmas. Iris Grace responded positively to the feline.

The six-year-old loves painting though and thrives doing it. It was in this moment when the mother felt closest to her daughter. "She would let me sit beside her while she painted and hold her hand to take her to the sink to wash her brushes. It was just lovely," admits Arabella.

Iris Grace Painting / Facebook

Arabella bought Iris Grace her own cat, Thula. The two took to each other instantly.

"They settled on the sofa together snuggling up while PJ and I gazed at them in wonder. Before that Iris hadn’t really had a friend because she didn’t interact with others," says Arabella.

Arabella bought Iris Grace her own cat, Thula. The two took to each other instantly.

Iris Grace Painting / Facebook

The family has seen other changes like "Thula has lowered (Iris’) daily anxieties in life and keeps Iris calm."

The little girl also had trouble sleeping for years. Her first night with Thula, she slept calmly with the cat wrapped around her arms. Iris Grace gets into her bed and looks at her books while she delicately stroked Thula’s ears and whiskers or holding the tip of her tail.

The family has seen other changes like "Thula has lowered (Iris’) daily anxieties in life and keeps Iris calm."

Iris Grace Painting / Facebook

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