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Sun May 12, 2019, 01:12 PM

Cat Sees Little Boy Having A Meltdown -- And Knows Exactly What To Do

"This cat has changed everything."

BY STEPHEN MESSENGER

Everyone needs someone in their lives who truly understands them ó a friend through thick and thin, a partner who'll be there when they're needed most.

Jayden Denton found such a friend in this sweet gray cat named Kitty.



Being a boy with special needs, Jayden is prone to feeling overwhelmed at times, leading him to have occasional sensory meltdowns. It can sometimes make it difficult for Jayden to relate with others.

"My son has sensory processing disorder, and other issues," Tonya Denton, Jayden's mom, told The Dodo. "When he gets overloaded, or doesn't understand, he has outbursts of crying and is inconsolable."

That is, until his family rescued Kitty.



Most of the time, Kitty appears to be very much a typical sort of cat ó playful and curious, and no stranger to bouts of rambunctious rebellion. But Jayden's mom soon discovered a whole new side to Kitty.

Turns out, the cat was exactly what Jayden needed when times for him are toughest. Rather than be scared away when Jayden's emotions spike, Kitty is quite the opposite.

"We started seeing Kitty always running over to him during breakdowns," Tonya said. "During his breakdowns, Kitty licks his head until he gets Jayden to calm down. This has been the only way to calm Jayden."

Recently, Jayden's mom caught this incredibly touching behavior on video:

https://www.facebook.com/tonya.denton.96/videos/2150631001639564/?t=82

Jayden's family had tried everything to help put him at ease in moments like those. But nothing ever worked quite like Kitty.

"This cat has changed everything," Tonya said. "To see their bond, as his mother, is not just amazing, but special to see such a crazy cat come to him in his times of need."

It's like it was meant to be.



The cat's presence in Jayden's life isn't only helpful during those most stressful times. Simply having Kitty around seems to help anchor him in a world that might otherwise feel isolating.

"Kitty makes my son happy, and itís like they understand each other," Tonya said. "Itís just a happy feeling knowing my son has a best friend."

https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/cat-comforts-boy-during-sensory-meltdown
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The video really is remarkable.

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Reply Cat Sees Little Boy Having A Meltdown -- And Knows Exactly What To Do (Original post)
catbyte May 12 OP
nocoincidences May 12 #1
Tanuki May 12 #2
spooky3 May 12 #11
Gothmog May 12 #3
Scarsdale May 12 #4
theaocp May 12 #5
dameatball May 12 #6
Honeycombe8 May 12 #7
Ilsa May 12 #8
TheBlackAdder May 12 #9
cp May 12 #10
GeoWilliam750 May 12 #12
Lifelong Protester May 12 #13
onecent May 12 #14
Lady Freedom Returns May 13 #15
lark May 13 #16
KY_EnviroGuy May 13 #17
2naSalit May 13 #18
IronLionZion May 13 #19
calimary May 13 #20
dixiegrrrrl May 13 #21
The Velveteen Ocelot May 13 #22
dixiegrrrrl May 13 #23

Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 01:16 PM

1. That is amazing and wonderful.

What a gift that kitty offers!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 01:45 PM

2. What a beautiful and touching gift! The video brought a tear to my eye.

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #2)

Sun May 12, 2019, 04:14 PM

11. ditto nt

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 01:55 PM

3. Great story

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:09 PM

4. Pretty cat.

Born therapist. Seems to now exactly when she is needed. Most cats would run once the yelling started, but she feels it is her job to calm the youngster. What a gift she is to this family.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:10 PM

5. Thank you for sharing.

My cup of warm fuzzies runneth over.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 02:20 PM

6. Amazing and touching. That made my day. Thanks for posting.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:05 PM

7. Gorgeous, laid back cat.

Cats can be so calming. So can dogs (depends on the dog). But both make me happy.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:10 PM

8. The family is extremely fortunate to find something that

Calms their SN child. Most haven't been this fortunate. They just have to ride it out, making sure the child doesn't hurt himself, others, or property.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:42 PM

9. The cat really loves him to be sleeping right next to his head, instead of by the edge of the bed.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 03:57 PM

10. Very touching

Thank you, catbyte!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:17 PM

12. Who's cutting onions?

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 07:49 PM

13. Great video!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 08:07 PM

14. You have made my day!!!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 01:22 AM

15. K & R, N/T

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 08:31 AM

16. Some animals just seem to naturally have the gift of empathy.

This cat is certainly one of them. What an awesome girl!

I've had 2 animals in my life who had this gift, one a cat who has it for really sick animals and I had a dog who took care of me when I was single and got sick. Love/loved them both so much.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 08:32 AM

17. Thank you Catbyte, and I can relate to that young man.

I also have high sensory processing sensitivity but never knew it or that it is a known normal genetic variation until way up into my 60s. Others call it Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and to some degree is probably more common that red hair.

It's good that Jayden and his family is aware of this condition at his young age which can make living in this modern era tough at times. Although we don't know much about Jayden, I hate to see them use the term "disorder" unless his condition is extreme. Even when we're ignorant of it, we simply go through life training ourselves to deal with it and to appear to not be odd.

I'm also glad he has a great companion to help him make it through the rough days!.........

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 10:28 AM

18. Animals know...nt

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 11:04 AM

19. My friend's cat will comfort her only when she's having a meltdown

otherwise he's a rebellious teenage cat who doesn't listen to his mom.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 01:04 PM

20. Awww... cats are WUNNNNNNNNderful!

I highly recommend adopting litter mates if possible. Best. Idea. EVER. As far as animal- related issues, anyway. We adopted brother and sister who were cuddled up together in a pen with about a dozen kittens all wandering around, sniffing the scents and exploring the area. The attendant picked one of them up to hand to us to look at. At that moment the thought occurred to me - awwwwwww I feel bad about separating them! Suddenly the one we didnít pick up looked so lost and alone on the floor of the pen. We had been wanting one new kitty. But we didnít have the heart to separate these two forever.

So we took them both. NEVER regretted it! BEST thing EVER, pet-wise. Weíve had dogs and lots of cats. But we never tried two at a time til then. Itís been the gift that keeps on giving for - what - eleven years by now? They still cuddle together, play together, sleep together, argue with each other, groom each other, and keep each other company. The settling-in period was almost nonexistent. They adapted quickly and very smoothly. Itís really been way nderful!

And weíre totally sold! Itíll be the ďNoahís ArcĒ thing from here on. Whenever it comes time to get a new kitty, weíll take two!

HIGHLY recommended!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2019, 09:37 PM

21. One of our current cats did exactly that when our dog had freakouts about thunder storms.


The cat would go up to the dogs head, cuddle over it and around it, purring loudly the whole time, till the dog was ready to come out of his hiding behavior.


I later read that cats purr at a healing frequency, and now I have the proof of that.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #21)

Mon May 13, 2019, 10:53 PM

22. Purrs are designed to heal.

A few years ago I injured my knee, and for a couple of weeks afterward one of my cats would lie by my knee at night and purr and purr. When the knee healed up he went back to his usual place next to me to sleep, next to my side.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #22)

Mon May 13, 2019, 11:54 PM

23. Was just saying to Mr. dixie



There's a lot going on with cats we don't notice, as a rule.

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