Since age 5 I’ve had my own pets to care for. Between 5 and 14 I had hamsters after every death is greive and then adopt another. I knew everything about the care for the animals and the pet itself (birthday, mannerisms and personality). At 14 I moved onto a larger more intelligent rodent- rats. It was much more intense an interest as I dedicated 100% free time to my rats, again knowing all about them. Now it’s my cat and cats generally after loving big cats as a child.
Do you think an autistic persons pet can be their focused/intense interest?
I have other focused interests such as music genres. But my main interest is animals, primarily focusing on my pets.
People are good to watch because you can see their mannerisms and use this for your social skills. However it's awesome to watch animals because you can learn a lot about them by their body language (which is a LOT easier to read than humans) and communicate with them through this.
When I had rats I would squeeze my lips together very tight which created a high pitch sound which was in such a high frequency they would respond. It was the only way I could stop them from chewing on things. They could reply to their names, but were very stubborn as to when they would.
Cool. My son had a rat when he was younger. I like the look of them but for some reason, their tails freak me out. I like looking at people more in the fascinating way that we’re all different shapes and sizes, I like watching how we move and walk about. I don’t try to work them out anymore, trying that got me nowhere! Lol! But yeah, animals are great to watch too. I can’t wait to build a bond and develop communication with them.
It is fun you'll love it!