MU Plans Research On Cats As Companions For Children With Autism


A new research project at the University of Missouri is looking to study the benefits of placing shelter cats in homes of children with autism. The MU Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction has begun fundraising for the project, known as Feline Friends.

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Director of the center, says the Feline Friends research project is important because 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism.

“Anything we can do to assist these children to have better social interaction and social adjustment is very important right now because of the increased incidence,” Johnson said.

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