Jayden Denton is a young boy who unfortunately suffers from sensory processing disorders. Being a special needs child, he can sometimes feel overwhelmed, which leads to sensory meltdowns.
By Published on 11 May 2019
Tonya Denton, Jayden’s mum, told the Dodo: “When he gets overloaded, or doesn’t understand, he has outbursts of crying and is inconsolable.” Tonya didn’t know what to do or how to help her son. That is, until she met one special feline.
From shelter cat to therapy cat
The family rescued the grey cat thinking he was just a typical kitty – which is in fact the adorable name they baptised him with. Kitty was indeed playful, curious, and had occasional moments of folly just like all cats do. But without knowing it, the Denton family had truly hit the jackpot with this cute cat.
They started noticing that when Jayden was going through another bout of emotional turmoil, Kitty would try to help. Instead of running away from the screaming like any frightened rescue cat would, Kitty would run towards Jayden. Over time, she soon learned what she had to do to help her little friend feel better.
“During his breakdowns, Kitty licks his head until he gets Jayden to calm down. This has been the only way to calm Jayden,” Tonya continues. No one had ever been able to help Jayden through his breakdowns. Who knew a random rescue cat would be the key to helping this little lad?
My son in a melt down this cat can sense it and calms him down every time!Posted by Tonya Denton on Monday, April 15, 2019
A lucky find
“This cat has changed everything. 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.”
Kitty isn’t just a therapist to Jayden, he’s also his best friend. The two can often be found cuddling or napping peacefully together. They truly found each other – as if by fate.