cat executive

anonymous asked:

I'm thinking of giving my autistic character a pet (probably a cat). What kind of concerns are there? Would it overall be helpful, or would it be overwhelming? Thanks!


As for pretty much every question concerning autism, the answer is “it depends” - on the person, and also on the animal.

Here are the main issues an autistic person might have with having an animal:

  • The noise. If it’s a cat who meows a lot, or a dog who barks a lot, or a bird, it might be difficult to get to a quiet space when your character is overloaded and needs a break from sensory stimulation.
  • Executive dysfunction can make it hard to take care of yourself, let alone of another living being who completely depends on you. Same for lack of energy/spoons. Having a pet adds tasks which have to be done everyday (feeding it, walking it…), which can be difficult sometimes/ always. If your character has very few spoons left, will they use them to feed themselves or their pet ? This is especially true for animals which need a lot of specialized care, such as “exotic pets” or pets with an illness.

A cat generally needs less care than most other pets, so it might indeed be a good choice for your character. The ideal would be a very quiet cat who doesn’t meow a lot, and if possible, having someone else to take care of it (a roommate/partner/parent…) if your character is ever unable to do so because of lack of spoons/executive dysfunction.

But having a pet can also be very nice, enjoyable and even helpful to an autistic person for a whole variety of reasons. I’ll go with a cat as an example. Here are some of the benefits of having a cat for an autistic person:

  • The regular joy that a cat provides to any owner by being adorable and funny and a cat.
  • So soft!!! Great for texture stimming
  • If it’s a big cat who likes to sit on you, pressure!
  • Purring is such a nice sound
  • Great source of comfort when the world gets too much
  • Having a responsability and another being who depends on you can actually help with executive dysfunction, because that motivation can be stronger than inertia sometimes
  • Purrrrrrr

-Mod Cat

Some types of cats are better for autistic people than others, too. Certain “breeds” have calmer temperaments. More active cats require more attention and energy to care for. An autistic person can often care for a cat without help, depending on what issues they have. 

Assuming the person is able to care for the cat, there are indeed a lot of potential benefits, as Mod Cat said. Cats are also very sensitive animals. If they have a strong bond with their human, they can respond to the human’s needs, being calmer when the human needs to be calmed down, for example, demanding to be played with when the human is depressed and needs motivation to get up and move around. 

My personal example: I live alone, thus far unsuccessful in my attempts to find a successful romantic relationship. I often struggle with depression, and the cat forces me to get up and move. He won’t let me sleep late - he’ll get me up to feed him (when young he tried to do so with claws, but I trained him instead to lie on my chest and purr until I was able to get up). If I’ve been sitting around for too long, he pushes me to play with him. If I’m sad, drained, unable to play, he will instead curl up next to me wherever I am and either purr or fall asleep. When I have meltdowns, he keeps a distance until I’ve calmed down, then curls up with me to help me relax. He sleeps in my bed with me like a teddy bear so I don’t feel lonely. Even when I struggle with self-care, I am always able to care for him - it has a very high priority in my mind and can, as Cat describes, help get me going when I’m having trouble with executive functioning.

Some people also have or train specific “therapy cats” for autistic people. These are cats with a very calm temperament, who are not bothered no matter what the human does, and which are always available for cuddles and purrs when the person needs them


-Mod Aira


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anonymous asked:

Would if a punishment for a cat could be execution? Like imagine if instead of Exiling Tigerheart, Bluestar odered him to be executed by his clan mates for the crimes he committed?

i think it depends on the clan leader and situation o:

like for example blackstar executed redwillow after he finds out that redwillow had been training in the dark forest and was a traitor

and tigerstar had blackfoot + darkstripe execute stonefur for not following his orders 

its really a tricky situation though. Don’t execute said cat, then they can still be a threat to you and your clan (cough tigerstar cough), but if you do execute them then it can turn the dead cat into a martyr and your clan could rise against you. Plus once you execute a cat, there’s no going back and thats the way your clan will forever view you, as someone who uses death as a punishment

anonymous asked:

Hey ! I'm a allistic currently writing a horror movie script featuring an autistic woman as the main character, and I'm having trouble figuring out whether or not autistic people remember things differently than allistic people : does it depends on people ? Does autism affect memory ? Can a memory be specifically tied to something she's hyper-sensitive to ? Thank you in advance ^^

Hi! This is a very interesting question, thanks for asking.

I’ve never heard this matter discussed in autistic circles. I think there is anecdotal evidence of autistic “savants” with exceptionnal memory, but this is far from being true of every autistic person.

I had to resort to research. I tend to be wary of research about autism because it is mainly performed by allistic researchers with often outdated, ableist views, and is sometimes rather poorly realized with very small sample sizes. This is understandable since diagnosed autistic people who are willing to take part in this research can be hard to come by, but it makes the accuracy of the results doubtful since there is a LOT of interpersonal variety in the ways autism can present itself. A lot of studies end up with results which contradict other studies. So take the following with a grain of salt:

This study suggests that certain areas of memory, especially remembering the context and order of events which have happened or of things which have been said, might be less efficient in autistic individuals, and that this might be linked to problems with executive functioning.

Working memory (short-term memory which allows you to retain and use information, for example while taking notes), according to this study, seems to be normal.

This study and this study suggest that verbal and spatial memory might be less good in autistic individuals.

Once again, there are a lot of contradictory results and these are just suggestions. I also want to note that some of these studies use language, such as functionning labels or slurs, that we don’t recommand using.

So for writing an autistic character re: memory, here is what I’d say you should keep in mind:

  • Following verbal instructions is difficult for many of us, especially when there are a lot of them which need to be remembered in order. This is probably a combination of potential memory issues, but most importantly of auditory processing difficulties and of executive dysfunction.
  • Apart from that, memory is likely to be typical (that is, it can be bad or good just like in anyone), with maybe a slightly higher probability of “very good memory” occurences.
  • I know some autistic people tend to think very visually and may even not think in words at all, this is most likely also true of how these people remember things.
  • I don’t know how sensory differences interact with memory, it sounds logical that someone who is very sensitive would tend to remember more things in terms of sensory information, but I have no firm evidence of this. If autistic people want to chime in about that it’d be very welcome.

-Mod Cat

Just to add to what Cat has listed here: these studies most definitely do not accurately describe all autistic people. I’ve discussed this very subject with a few autistic friends in the past, and they had similar memory types to me. I have terrible working memory (I mean really, really bad), but very good spatial memory. My visual memory is exceptionally good, as is my verbal memory when referring to writing (not speaking - I can’t remember a dang thing people say to me without writing, but this is due to auditory processing, as Cat said, not a problem with memory - I can’t remember what I barely understand in the first place). So… This is all probably highly individual, and memory may not be linked to autism in any way. In other words, when writing your character, you can pretty much pick and choose how her memory works without breaking any hard and fast rules about autistic memory. 

Just please stay away from the trope of the autistic character who remembers every detail of everything all the time - this doesn’t happen, and the rare person with extremely good memory is not something we need to see more of. Characters like that (and real-life savants who get a lot of attention) have led a lot of people to expect us to be super-geniuses (and even to claim I must not be autistic if I have a poor memory for some things)!

-Mod Aira


After receiving ominous prophecies surrounding Patchclan’s acceptance gathering, the Tribes and the Clan met under the full moon to find a dreadful sight. Cold Sun, the leader of the Tribe of Sharp Stones, missing after an afternoon walk earlier that day, lay dead with a slit throat and her left eye gouged out. The clearing dissolved into vicious accusations, then into a full blown battle.

The murderer remains unknown, but four more take their ranks among the stars with Cold Sun after such a battle: Tiny Puddle and Ashen Gaze from the Tribe of Green Cliffs, as well as Half Night and Blue Rivers from the Tribe of Sharp Stones. Three cats escaped with their lives, but were severely injured: Tinyhop and Fawnstep from Patchclan, and Buzzard Feathers from the Tribe of Green Cliffs.

Tensions in the mountains explode monumentally as bitterness floods the injured cats, and the Tribe of Sharp Stones mourns the dead- but not for long, as they will quickly take to the slopes to find and execute whatever cat has dared commit such a crime against their tribe.

thedancingwalrus-blog  asked:

What helps when you've got problem with executive disfunction? I'm trying to get a handle on my autistic characters and I think some real life examples of how executive disfunction works and how an autistic person might cope with it could help. Both characters have quite flexible jobs (in that when and how they do the job is flexible, they could get up at 6am or 3pm so long as the job is done) so it's really up to them to impose a routine on their lives.

Here are some techniques I’ve found help with executive dysfunction:

  • Setting a routine. As you may know, autistics often like to have a set routine and stick to it, so if something is part of their daily routine, they’re more likely to manage to do it. For example, brushing my teeth is part of my after-shower routine, but I am pretty much unable to do it at any other time.
  • Asking for outside motivation. While executive dysfunction is not a problem of motivation, motivation can help overcome executive dysfunction. Someone can help motivate the autistic character. For example, when I have to shower, my girlfriend asks for a hug (which is highly motivating, obvs), so I have to get up to hug them. And then I’m up and that’s one fewer step to do. It helps overcome the “inertia” (difficulty to get started on tasks/to switch tasks) caused by executive dysfunction. Sometimes, a simple friendly “command” like “Get started now!” can also help, because following someone else’s instructions or trying to obey yourself are different things. If your two characters are friends/ partners, they could even help each other that way.
  • Breaking the task into small steps (for example, “getting in the shower” is getting clean clothes, getting a towel, going in the bathroom with all of this, putting them down in the bathroom, taking shirt off, taking pants off, taking underwear off, checking there is soap and shampoo in the shower, stepping into the shower) and writing it down for future reference, or have someone else doing it for your character.
  • Counting to ten. Your character can count to 10 (or 5 or 20 depending on how difficult the task is, a harder tasks needs more counting time in my experience), and do the next step when they get to 10.
  • Setting alarms which can remind you to do tasks and can act as prompts to get started on the task.

I’m sure other people have other techniques, and everyone is invited to share theirs!

-Mod Cat

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Am I the only one who thinks Dumbledore was kind of a bad guy?

evalilith  asked:

People just get headaches, right? So if I, an otherwise relatively healthy teenager, get a headache for going to the mall for a few hours or to a movie or family gatherings with a lot of people making noise in a small space, every single time, surely it is just a Normal headache. Maybe I'm dehydrated or something. What do you mean that it's not normal to get terrible headaches and need to take a considerable nap after things like that?